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Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

[Boy Bash] Woodland Birthday Party 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.

I count myself very lucky that week after week we continue to get fabulous Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge submissions. Today’s is another great feature by a true creative talent. Elissa from One Stone Events created this woodland themed birthday tablescape using our Woodland Buddies Collection, which was designed by Catherine. Lots more photos by Darci Woodiwiss Photography and a description of the shoot from Elissa herself (in italics) below.

This Woodland Buddies Collection was such a fun collection to design a tablescape for, especially with the challenge of only spending $20! I got to do a perfect blend of rustic and modern, which I love! And whooo doesn’t love owls? They are also very popular right now. Of course, having just had a party with a similar color palette, I was able to use some great items that fit this theme perfectly.

The table was just a pallet on a tree stump with 2 stump ‘chairs’ with cushions and 2 floor pillows for the other 2 seats. I got to use all the colors and 2 different style chairs gave the table a little more of an eclectic feel.

I lined the pallet with old cloth napkins that were my late grandmothers (I use something of hers for every party) as a runner. The centerpiece was an old wood frame with nothing inside that my friend found in her garage when she moved into her house. This frame has been used 4 times now since September, each time with a different purpose.

I lined Ikea vases from another event I did inside the wood frame and each one contained a cutie on a stick. Yup, that’s fruit on a stick. (I have a thing for decorating with produce lately!) The vases and shape & color of the fruit are very modern, while the wood frame and sticks keep the woodland feel going. I collected the sticks that morning with my 2 year old and that was a fun way to get him involved!


Each colorful plate sat on top of a stone paver, like you’d find on a path in the woods. The drink bottles were wrapped with yarn and the bottle wrappers. The straw was taped on with decorative wood grain tape.



Cutlery was painted and adorned with a 1″ circle from the collection. Also from the collection were the cupcake wrappers around the cupcakes, the owl in the vase as part of the centerpiece and the adorable coloring page inside the cup full of crayons. Pinecones, kumquats, orange toadstools and moss were added to give more woods to the table and soften the cold pallet. I love how the colors all match, but the patterns are different, including the old knitted blanket underneath the whole table.

A simple strand of colored streamers ripped at various lengths hung above the table to give a bit of a vertical element to the design. So inexpensive, but so cute!

What I had:

White Ikea vases
All colored streamers except blue
Napkin ‘runner’
Wood frame
Blue cloth napkins
Drink bottles/straws/colored twine
Old wood frame
Blanket under table
Orange plastic cups from Target/crayons
Sugar (used to weight down vases with cutie sticks)

What I bought:

4 Melamine plates (Target): $1.79/each
4 Pavers (Lowe’s): $1.49/each (way less expensive than the craft store wood slabs)
4 Cupcakes (Target): $3.99
1 roll of blue streamers (Target): $1.99


Design|Styling: Elissa at One Stone Events
Printables: Spaceships and Laserbeams 
Photography: Darci Woodiwiss Photography

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.

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