Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge

Vintage Train Birthday Party [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.

Can you even believe that today’s Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge submission is even a budget party? Flavia of Stunning Party in Ireland used our pesky rules to challenge herself to create this gorgeous — yet very cost conscious — vintage train themed birthday party for her own son. We’ve featured Flavia’s work on our blog before, so when she said she wanted to take part in the Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge, I was thrilled. And she didn’t disappoint — making just about every sweet you see on the dessert table and serving it up in style. Read about this vintage train dessert table in Flavia’s own words at the end of the post.


My son’s party theme this year was very clear to me. His favourite thing at the moment are trains. As a party stylist I have nothing against big parties, but the ones that always amaze me are the budget ones, in style. The Boy Bash on a Budget challenge makes a lot of sense to me. Creativity (and good recipes!) are free. So I asked Stephanie to make my version of it with their Vintage Train collection as it’s one of my favourites printables ever.

Being in Ireland, the only thing I asked her was to be able to spend 50 euros instead of 50 canadian dollars. She agreed. Stuff here are a bit expensive.

After having styled parties for an entire year I’ve now got a collection of vessels, cake stands, tableware and sugar craft materials left over. So it was almost all sorted.

This summer we went to a model train village in Clonakilty and we all loved it. So I thought about reproducing the idea but keeping it simple because of the challenge. Not fancy fondant covered cakes, not tricky desserts like macarons. I wanted that a mom who liked this party could feel inspired to do it. All they needed was an amazing set of printables and some recipes. Easy ones. And that reminded me of some brazilians no-bake or throw all in a blender recipes. All we need in Brazil is a blender and loads of condensed milk.

So here it goes the list where I spend the money and some recipes of this party.  Pallets from hubby’s work with a lick of dark varnish, all free. Some ingredients as flour, sugar, vanilla, butter, etc I already had. Prices in Euros. Bought from Tesco/Lidl/Aldi supermarkets.

1 can of sweet corn: 0,52
6 cans of condensed milk: 9,90
500g icing sugar: 1,09
24 eggs: 4,74
1 can coconut milk: 1,79
1 coconut: 1,00 (I opened and shredded myself)
500 ml double cream: 1,99
2 pk Oreo: 3,18
1 pk cream cheese: 0,86
Cocoa powder: 3,15
5 x 100g bars chocolate: 6,95
Printing of large sign in backdrop: 13

Total: 48,17 Euros

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.