Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] Vintage Toy Americana 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.

My weeks seemingly now run Tuesday to Tuesday as I prepare each week to feature the fabulous Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge submissions we’ve been receiving. This fantastic vintage toy themed dessert table, which incorporate Nicole’s Vintage Toy Collection, was designed by Jessica of Let’s Get This Party Started. If you know Jessica, you know that she’s always ready to give a compilment or a kind word to others, so I am thrilled that we can shower her with the same. I love the Americana feel of the table and how special it is with the inclusion of her family’s vintage keepsakes. Lots more photos below — and Jessica’s own words in italics.

I found rocket pop style lollipops on clearance at Toys R Us in the FAO Schwartz area for $1 each, and wedged them in a red bowl of pebbles to make them stand, covered with red tissue paper and some red, white, and blue gumballs. (We have those in the house all the time). I picked up cracker jacks and cover the “3 pack” label with a thank you tag. It was $1.50 for all three packs.

To collect props for the table, Jessica searched her own house for vintage toys. The tricycle was her mom’s (and Jessica’s after that).  She adds that’s my dad’s old catcher’s mitt. A corner of my vintage style Coke cooler is showing too. 

I used the party hats upside down as cotton candy cones ($2.99 for a bucket at HomeGoods). I also used pixie sticks ($0.36 on clearance after Valentine’s day) in a tall votive holder. The cake and cupcakes were from a local grocery store for $15. The flags were 3/ $1.


To the left, you can just catch a glimpse of my Dad’s old UFO toy box from the early ’60’s. The mini apple pie next to it was $4.

Fabulous work Jessica! It’s hard to believe she was only out of pocket $38!

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.