Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] Patriotic Vintage Toy Tablescape!

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Every Tuesday till early September we’re going to be featuring a budget themed dessert table or tablescape from the talented women who have graciously volunteered to take on our Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge. And we’re even going to throw our own work into the ring from time to time and follow the same budget confines. Every participant gets the Spaceships and Laser Beams Collection of their choice + $50 for a dessert table or $20 for a tablescape. They can also use anything they are able beg or borrow, make themselves or already own.

As I looked through the photos for today’s Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge feature, I couldn’t help but remark at how well it captures the essence of what a boy party is. And as you take a look yourself, I think you will agree! This Vintage Toy themed tablescape was created by the talented Angela of Taffie Wishes (and mom to three boys herself!) We’ve featured a few of Angela’s parties on this site before and she never disappoints in creating an event with super sweet and personal details. She’s done it again with this Vintage Toy party, which she threw for some family and neighbors. Check out all of the photos and Angela’s own words (in italitics). 

The main goal I had in mind during the planning phase was to have a party that was informal and really all about play!  If I know anything about boys, it is that they want to interact with their surroundings!  Everything from the decorations to the favor baskets to the food was meant for interaction. I also wanted to attempt an outdoor party, something that can be tricky in the Midwest.

When drawing up the preliminary ideas for the party, I knew that I wanted to use a picnic table.  Seating doesn’t get much more informal than that!  My in-laws were gracious enough to let us borrow theirs. I set the picnic table in my own backyard and strung a rope from tree to tree overhead, then added a vertical element by tying on strings of circle garlands and punching balloons, which were given away at the end of the party as favors.

I created a table runner out of a white dishtowel I had on hand.  By printing the graphic circles from the collection onto transfer paper, then ironing onto the dishtowel, I was able to create a coordinating element very simply and affordably.  Amazingly, while searching through my fabric stash, I found a blue plaid fabric that was nearly identical to the pattern used in the printable set!  I placed the dishcloth table runner on top of the fabric for a layered look.

 For the table centerpiece, I up-cycled various containers I had around the house.  A red metal tin, large plastic container and small baby food jars were adorned with graphic circles from the printable set, which I had printed on sticker material.  A large pickle jar was covered with white rope and held a circle centerpiece printed on cardstock, and a blue plastic vase became the housing for a burst of licorice whips.  Again, these items were used as part of the activities.  We played a quick game of baseball with the whiffle balls, ate popcorn and licorice as snacks and used the crayons to decorate the racers.  The boys also used the red balls and jacks from the table as they learned to play that game for the very first time.



Each place setting included a printable ‘Zoom Boom Woom’ placemat, topped with an antique stoneware plate filled with red, white and blue food goodies.  The cups were one of my favorite projects to work on.  I printed out two blue plaid cupcake wraps and glued them together with the pattern facing outward.  I then wrapped them around a clear plastic cup at an angle and fastened with tape, then covered the tape with a 2″ printable circle (which I had printed on sticker material).  I filled the cups with clear sparkling juice, and topped with red star ice cubes (which quickly melted and turned the drink red).


The boys were given favor baskets that included some of the items we used during the party.  They were each given a wooden racer, which they decorated using red and blue crayons, white chalk and 1 inch printable circle stickers.  They then ‘raced’ them on the sidewalk!  Was that ever fun!  The baskets also included a ball & jacks set, complete with directions on how to play, and a small baggie of M&M candies.  The red baskets themselves were a great dollar store find.  I wove white rope near the top, and tied on a printable favor tag.


What I had:
– All the food items, transfer paper, white baseballs, plaid fabric, glass, metal and plastic containers used as part of the table centerpiece, white cord/rope, crayons, chalk, ‘sticker paper’, cardstock and ink used to create the print-outs.

What I borrowed:
– The largest element, the picnic table, was borrowed to us by my in-laws.  I also ‘borrowed’ my friend’s adorable sons for the afternoon!

What I bought:
– A large portion of the budget went toward a set of 4 vintage stoneware plates that I found at a local antique shop.  (4 for $12)
– The 4 red baskets used to hold the favors were purchased at the dollar store (4 for $1)
– 4 wooden racers from Walmart (4 for $2)
– Ball and Jack sets from Ebay (12 sets for $3.99)
– A pack of blue straws on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics (.79)

TOTAL Cost: $19.78 (just barely under the $20 limit!)

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.