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’m excited about today’s Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge submission becuase it actually features a brand new collection for our shop. We designed this Little Chef Cooking Collection as a custom order for a customer and hadn’t gotten around to listing it in the shop. So today’s budget friendly table by Amy Lynn Events actually is the grand reveal! I love that to make it a true cooking party, Amy combined both a DIY sundae station and pizza station into her table. Amy describes her set-up in her own words (in italics) at the end of the post!
In Amy’s own words…
When I volunteered to take on the Little Chef dessert table, I knew it was going to be challenging. Good challenging. Since it is a new collection, I had to rely on my creativity rather than being able to look at what other people had done before. It was fairly early in brainstorming that I decided to do “Make your own” things. The make your own things were a little more difficult. I thought of cupcake decorating, cookie decorating, burger bar, hot dog bar but landed on pizza and sundaes. Who doesn’t love pizza and sundaes?
I love the colors in this collection – they remind me of Italy. That could be why I ended up doing make your own pizza. Rather than making pizza crust or purchasing the already made crusts (cha-ching when it’s for a group) I used flour tortillas. I put the pizza sauce in a squeeze bottle I had on hand for candy decorating to hopefully prevent my tablecloth from getting sauced. I added the fixins (mozzarella cheese, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms & black olives) to a plate and that part was done.
Since this is a dessert table there was plenty of dessert – brownie bites (made in my mini muffin pan) in Ziploc bags with the super cute topper for favors, individual s’more pies and a sundae bar. The S’more pies are individual graham cracker crusts with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips thrown in and then browned in the toaster oven. For the sundae toppings I had twizzlers, chocolate chips, tiny marshmallows (in regular and peppermint), chocolate syrup (in my creamer cow) and whipped cream. I decided not to do cupcakes but wanted to use the cupcake wrappers. I wrapped the can of whipped cream in white paper and then wrapped the cupcake wrapper around it. The other wrapper I used on the milk bottle with the balloon. I also used a 2 inch circle in the middle of it.
I found the red polka dot balloons while at Hobby Lobby one day and they were much cheaper than any place I found online. I also picked up balloon sticks there. Since I didn’t tie the balloons and only used the closures and sticks, I was able to let the air back out of the balloons and I’ll use them again. The clear balloon was left over from a gender reveal party I planned for a friend last year. The striped paper straws were sitting in my collection of stuff for my National S’more Day party. I found a super good deal on them from Rustic Glam on Etsy and stocked up.
I love the “Today’s Special” cards. I think they are adorable “chalkboards”. I wish I had been able to find my white marker. Instead I cut piece of white paper and busted out the trusty ol’ Sharpie. Stephanie did tell me that she could personalize those too, but I just knew I had a white marker and wouldn’t need her to do that for me.
Red Polka Dot Balloons
Jelly Belly Soda
Ice Cream Sundaes (& Fixins)