Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] Vintage Circus Tablescape on a Budget!

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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 or make themselves.

Tuesdays have become my favorite day of the work week. Obviously, it is because of all the really cool women I am “meeting” as part of our Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge — and their inspiring work I am getting to share. You can add today’s participant to the list, without a doubt. It’s Vania of Canadian Hostess and she created this fabulous vintage circus themed birthday tablescape using Andrew’s collection.

Vania did a great job describing her shoot, I am going to have her decribe it in her own words (in italics). The photo shoot took place in a historic building from the 1900 in downtown Edmonton. The old exposed brick walls and the aged oak parquet floors created the perfect setting for this vintage inspired circus collection. Inspired by the colours of the printable collection and your gorgeous dessert table, I designed the tablescape in rich and vibrant colours – mustard yellow, turquoise, reds and oranges.

I wanted the tablescape to look wacky, funky and crazy, so I used a variety of shapes, textures and colours. To complete the circus look and feel, I also incorporated balloons and traditional candy apples.

To create the artificial cake centrepiece, I repurposed one of my daughter’s hat boxes. I covered it with tickets and printables and topped it with more yarn balls and a flag.


 To preserve the boyish charm of the party, I used lots of yarn and buttons to create the funky centrepieces.

To decorate the back of the chairs, I made pinwheels with vintage craft paper I owned, which complimented the colours of the printable collection. I also used pinwheels to decorate the favour boxes, which I had left from my son`s birthday party last month.


Here is how I spent the $20:

Tablecloth – $5.00. I bought the tablecloth at a warehouse clearance sale at a local event rental company. They had some great items and amazing prices.

From the Dollar store, I bought the following items:
Craft mini balls – $1.00
Balloons (25) – $ 1.00
Yarn – 2 x $1.00=$2.00
Buttons – $1.00
Tickets – $1.00
Apples  – $3.00
Paper Cups -$1.00

From a thrift store, I bought the colourful desert plates for $3.00 and the red candy jars $2.00.

I borrowed the tables and chairs. I own the cake stand, the vases, the dinner plates, the napkins, the paper boxes, the ribbon and the wooden sticks that I used for the candy apples.


Photography: Raffaella Loro
Venue: Maria Feliciani (D`lusso)
Styling: Canadian Hostess
Printables: Spaceships and Laser Beams 

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.