Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

Down on the Bayou Dessert Table [Boy Bash]

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Every Tuesday, 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.

We recently did a green/blue/brown color version of our Bayou Bash Collection — and it hasn’t been photographed yet. So I am thrilled that it makes its debut as today’s Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge submission. This dessert table was conceptualized, styled and photographed by the uber-talented Dina from Deliciously Darling Events. I’m loving how she ran with the bayou/swamp theme and really incorporated the scenery into the table design. It looks like a natural extension of the gorgeous surroundings. Of course, Dina, being an overachiever couldn’t just stop at a dessert table as she also did a kids’ table as part of the challenge. All the details of the set-up are in Dina’s own words at the end of the post.

IN DINA’S OWN WORDS:

Here is the break down:
Food: $27.63
Drinks: $4.32
Favor Containers: $4.32
Gators (fluffy and not so fluffy): $7.56
Plates: $5.00
= $48.83 (tax included) Just by the hair of my chinny chin chin!

I had:
Vase for kids table, kids table, wooden cutlery, chevron baggies,
napkins, linen, wooden crate, oreos (for dirt cups), pretzel sticks
and an extra box of macarons (raided from my kitchen), gumballs (left
over from previous party), vases & cake stands

My inspiration:
I was so excited to have the chance to pick out which theme to work on
for the Boy Budget Challenge and I automatically wanted a theme that
incorporated water. We live next to a pretty little lake and the
thought of an outdoor dessert table had me totally inspired. I
couldn’t have picked a more perfect theme. My boys LOVE gators, frogs
and fish so the Bayou Bash was meant to be.

I chose to set up my Bayou table under a large shady tree with low
hanging branches. I wanted to be able to use the tree in some way and
I decided to hang a printables garland from it. Although the weather
wasn’t working in my favor that day (it was a little shady and on the
cold side – meaning it was under 70 degrees in Georgia) the lake sure
was. A green mossy kind of finish appeared on the water. I swear, it
was like the lake knew it was Bayou Bash picture day. Doesn’t it look
swampy!?

The centerpiece of my boy budget table was a homemade Reeses Puffs
cereal cake with chocolate frosting in between the layers. I currently
have this obsession with Rice crispy treats and the amazing Glorious
Treats had the brilliant idea to make a rice krispy treat cake. As my
boys are addicted to Reeses Puffs cereal (and it match’s the color
scheme) that’s what I went with. Melt the butter & marshmallows then
add Puffs once it’s all goopy (yes that’s a professional term). I
finished the cake off with a little swamp gator that I found at the
Dollar Tree.

The dessert table also featured: “Tire Swing” Chocolate donuts, oreo
dirt cups, jello cups, chocolate cupcakes, french macarons (my boys
love them so I can’t do a table without them), pretzel sticks,
chocolate covered birthday oreos or “River Rafts” as we call them here
in the Bayou. My favorite part of the table was the “Adopt-a-critter”
area. Don’t you hate it when you walk through the Target dollar bins
and a couple weeks after your party they have the excact favor item
that would have fit so perfectly?! Except that didn’t happen in this
case, I was exactly that the right place at the right time and snagged
these cute little gators for $1 each! Exciting, I know!

Deliciously Darling little budget tips:
– Printables, Printables, Printables! They are your best decorating
tool. In this case, I had some super adorable printables to work with.
– Be imaginative with the printables. There is so much you could do
with a 2″ punch from stickers to centerpieces.
– Plan ahead and use similar colors. I have two boys that have
birthdays two months apart. When I am in planning mode for one I’m
also thinking about the other. I try to use colors that would carry
over into the other child’s party so as not to waste. In this case,
the wooden spoons, chevron bags and paper straws were all left from a
previous party.
4 – Look around your house. Sometimes the cutest display items are
sitting in front of you. The vase that I used for the kid’s table
actually came from my living room and the wooden crate was a
refurbished old wine bottle crate.
5 – Dress up store bought goodies, it is okay not to make everything
on your table. When it’s party time, I can’t always make everything on
the table – although I’d love to, time sometimes isn’t in my favor. In
this case, I actually bought the french macarons instead of making
them. Trader Joes has these amazing macarons right in the freezer and
at a very affordable price. I always have a box or two on hand just in
case. The cupcakes, chocolate covered cookies & donuts were also store
bought.

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.