I’m very excited to share this baseball themed styled shoot for the Spaceships and Laser Beams Boy Bash Challenge! If you’re not familiar with Spaceships and Laser Beams, you should definitely check them out. They’ve set themselves apart from the party planning crowd by focusing solely on party themes for boys – they’ve declared their site a “No Princess Zone”! And although I love girly parties as much as the next, boy parties often seem to be an overlooked niche in children’s parties in general. Not only have they established this niche, but they also create printables from one of a kind illustrations – no clip art here! And believe me, if I had the talent they do, I wouldn’t use clipart, either! Just browse their amazing collections here!
This spring, Spaceships and Laser Beams decided to host a Boy Bash Challenge where they opened the door for other party planners to use their printables to create a dessert table or tablescape with a limited budget of $50 or $20, respectively. I jumped at the opportunity and signed up to use their Classic Baseball printables collection for a dessert bar. But once I got going, I threw in a tablescape as well!
When trying to keep within a budget, I always focus on what will make the biggest impact for the least amount of money. When using the Spaceships and Laser Beams Classic Baseball printables collection, artificial turf seemed the way to go! I was able to convince my good friend to help me with this party (and hijack her house for the set-up since my house was under construction!). We cut a “tablecloth” from the green turf and turned her table into a mini baseball diamond with square plates as bases and dirt running lanes – easily made with kraft paper and chalk I had on hand (brown paper bags would also work perfectly for this!). The centerpiece for the table featured a tiered bowl of peanuts, Cracker Jack favors and a spray painted baseball trophy Mr. Lemon dug out from the basement. Each place setting also had a Spaceships and Laserbeams party hat, complete with an artificial turf “pom” on top!
The artificial turf theme continued on the dessert/snack table. We covered the back wall with turf, all the way up to the ceiling, for a look reminiscent of the Green Monster at Fenway Park! I used my chalkboard (an old DIY project from a thrift store frame and chalkboard paint) to create a scoreboard. Coordinating Dollar Store wrapping paper I had on hand to covered the buffet. Snacks included pretzel bats, donut baseballs, pop fly popcorn, pop, double header peanuts and of course, birthday cake! The Spaceships and Laserbeams food signs were one of my favorite parts of the collection, so we were excited to let them shine on the dessert table. To top the cake, we created three pennants from the printable collection to make an affordable but very fitting Happy Birthday cake topper.
And since this was a budget challenge, here’s the rundown of what I spent…
What I had:
Skewers for food signs
Two-tier centerpiece bowl
Eggs & butter for cake mix
What I bought:
Cake mix & frosting – $2.25
Peanuts – $4.00
4 Pops .90/each – $3.60
4 Cracker jacks .80/each – $3.20
Pretzels – $2.00
Donut holes – $3.49
48 square feet of artificial turf – $17.30
Total spent = $35.84!
A special thank you to my friend Kimberly for her help and for letting me us her house to stage everything!
Check out the original feature on Spaceships and Laser Beams here!