Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] Snakes and Snails Dessert Table

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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.

I’ve been following the work of Tonya from Soiree Event Design for a while now, so I was thrilled when she responded to our call for Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge participants. And, naturally, she didn’t disappoint. Tonya chose to work with our Snakes and Snails collection because it reminded her of a onesie her son wore as a baby. I love that! I also LOVE her choice in fabric for the backdrop. The circles on the trees echo the circles that are found in many elements of the collection. But my favorite party has to be the use of pipecleaners. They are so cheap but really dress up ordinary items and bring a whimsy to the table. Tonya describes her work in her own words (in italics) at the end of the post.


Here’s more about the table in Tonya’s own words!
As many of you already know I just had a baby boy last December and jumped at the chance to be a part of the Spaceships and Laser Beams Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge. I have been doing LOTS of girl parties lately including my own two daughters and really wanted to do something boyish to get me ready for my baby boy’s MANY years of parties! So, here it goes.  

When looking through SLB’s collection of printables to decide which one to use for my design, I stopped in my tracks at the “Snakes & Snails” collection!  Why you ask? Well…it just so happens that my favorite onesie for my son reminded me so much of this collection.  In fact, yes, that is the onesie that the bear is wearing on the table! What you can’t see is on the back, there is a denim pocket with a snail peeking out of it!  PERFECT!  That was my source of inspiration when I designed this table.

As writer of the “Look For Less Budget Chic” posts for Hostess with the Mostess, I LOVE creating parties on a budget!  It forces me to be creative with my materials and think outside the box.  With my inspiration piece in hand, I began to look at what I already owned that I could use in the design so I could focus the budget on the actual treats and sweets that my guests would enjoy.

I have had that fabulous IKEA tree fabric for years!  No, I must admit, I didn’t buy it for a party I was working on…I just LOVED it, bought it and waited for the perfect opportunity to design a party around it.  I was so excited to use it with this design and it worked perfectly to bring in my design style of “Modern Whimsey”.

Since the onesie was a denim color, I decided to use my denim tablecloth which is a great base to tie in all the colors and loved how it had a boyish charm to it.  My oldest daughter happens to love snakes…don’t ask!  So, the stuffed snakes on the table…belong to her 🙂  She was super excited to let me “borrow” them for this!

Let’s go over the sweets….First, let me say that keeping within a $50 budget is tough when you don’t bake and you want to match the color of your sweets to your table design.  Here I used blue, green, white and pops of orange.  I set out to Target to look for sweets to fill my table.  I hit the MOTHERLOAD when I went in there!  First of all….those wooden trays…the blue and green ones…they were in the $2.50 bins and the all green M&M’s were in the $1 bins.  They are a new flavor:  Mint Chocolate…yummy!  M&M’s are VERY expensive when you want to buy them loose in one color.  This was a total score!  The green plastic containers holding the M&Ms are actually 2 stackable round storage containers that I pulled apart to make 8 small round dishes.  The blue “Bug Juice” was on the clearance endcap!  I removed the label (which totally was not in my color scheme) and adhered a 1″ logo circle to match the table.

Okay, the green snowballs?  YES!  These normally come only in pink. These green ones happened to be a limited edition color so I snatched them up quick!  They reminded me of little green grass hills.  A few gummy “snakes” on top and they were perfect!

Trying to come up with a snail themed sweet was hard.  Nothing appetizing came to mind. Then I was walking down the aisle and saw these gummy fruit snacks with gooey middles.  PERFECT!  Slimey, gooey sweet treat that kids LOVE!  The green and blue swirl lollipops from Target’s “The Candy Store” collection were my splurge item on the table.  Budget wouldn’t allow for me to get one for each guest, so I used them as decor instead!  I still get the look of them and stay within budget.

Inside the white boxes you can put any candy you want!  A tip I use on my sweets bars all the time is to use a color-coordinated container to hold a must-have sweet or candy that DOES NOT match the table’s color.  Usually this is the guest-of-honor’s favorite candy.  Funny how their favorite candy never matches!   You could also use the boxes to hold small favors also.

To add a whimsical touch to the table, I used chenille stems to hold the printable circles, create a handle on the favor boxes and add color to the rock candy sticks.  Chenille stems are great and budget friendly!  They were furry and matched the feel that the stuffed animals gave to the table.

Okay, okay…who says boy tables can’t have a little bling!  I snuck in some sparkly blue and green gems inside my cupcake stands and inside the wooden boxes to give the table a little sparkle!

I loved working on this!  Thanks Stephanie for letting me participate.  Be sure to visit my blog soon for the matching table design I’ll be posting up soon.

“Snakes & Snails” Sweets Table:
5 packs of green snowballs:  $5
1 bag gummy worms:  $1
2 swirl lollipops:  $7 ($3.50 each) Target
4 bug juice $3  (.76 each) Target
4 bags Mint chocolate m&m’s:  $4 ($1 each Target)
8 rock candy sticks $8  ($1 each Central City Candy)
1 tub brownie bites  $3.50 Target
cupcake liners:  $1 (Michaels)
2 stacking storage containers (green ) $2  ($1 each)
2 photo boxes:  $4  ($2 each)
6 small white favor boxes $3
1 pack chenille stems:  $1 (Michaels)
3 wooden trays (1 green, 2 blue)  $7.50 ($2.50 each Target)

Total Cost:  $50

Items used that I own:
denim tablecloth
Ikea fabric for backdrop
denim onesie
stuffed bear
stuffed snake
cupcake stands
white tray
blue gems
green gems
glass jars

Vendor credits:
Table design & styling: Soiree Event Design
“Snakes & Snails”Printables:  Spaceships & Laserbeams
Photography:  Tonya Coleman

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.