{Designer’s Challenge} Creative Juice – The Bachelor

April 23rd, 2012 in baby showers ideas, bridal shower ideas, designer's challenge

Creative Juice

The Bachelor 

You may be asking yourself “why did she choose to do the bachelor? He was a LOSER this season.” and I’ll be honest here… lame-o-Ben almost made me change my mind! BUT I have been hosting “Bachelor” parties every Monday {that it’s in season} for about 3 years now – and we have had some good ones over the years –  so I picked it because it could actually be a REAL party – not just a styled one. With real people, real food, and real fun.


But like I said, even though the bachelor this season was lame, not cute, needed a haircut, and picked a conceited psycho to propose to, I wasn’t going to let that get in the way of throwing a great finale party. Plus, by the time you see this party we will be gearing up for EMILY’S season!!!! Which will be awesome. I’m sure of it. She will redeem the show and make it – in the words of Chris Harrison – “the most talked about season yet” or “the most dramatic event in Bachelor history ”  or some other overinflated phrase that hooks me every time…


One more thing. I really wanted to challenge myself. So I didn’t have ANY VENDORS!!! For real! I had two fabulous friends that helped me with some of the cake things since it was my first time with fondant but I am proud to say this party is ALL ME!!! From scratch. And let me tell you what I learned : I LOVE MY VENDORS.


Here are the details.

Already had/ “FREE” items

Black  & white & red fabrics

Red & Silver Christmas Chargers

Black paper plates

Champagne flutes


All Ribbon

Ikea Frames

Candy Sticks

All vases & fake roses


Rose paper {10 sheets – 5.00}

Black paper plates {1.00}

Raspberries {2.50}

Sparkling white grape juice {5.00}

Materials for favor boxes: cardstock & felt {1.47}

Candy for favor boxes {3.00}

Candy melts – 3 colors – {7.00}

Large diamonds {16}

Cake materials: marshmallows, powder sugar, cake mix, frosting {4.50}

Gum Paste Rose toppers {12.00}

Wedding cookies {2.00}

Candy Molds {3.00}

Meringue & Brownie ingredients {3.50}

2 dozen real roses {16.00}

Felt & chain for necklace activity {5.00}

Small pack of oreos {1.50}

TOTAL: $ 88.47

A few Budget tricks:

–       I went to Michael’s like EVERY DAY! No really. I figured out what items I wanted from there and used my 40% or 50% coupons each time. They thought I was crazy. I thought I was GENIOUS.

–       Since the rules included only one cake stand, I used holiday chargers that I had and displayed them on candle holders from my living room

–       Cake – since there were only a few people, only the top tier was really cake. The bottom tier was a Styrofoam circle I had lying around that I covered with marshmallow fondant… tricky tricky!

–       Fabrics – I used curtains & sheets from around the house hung using a spring rod, & the black fabric was my infant photography backdrop

Alicia D. says:

love this!! so creative Mindy!!

Amanda Traylor says:

so cute!

amy says:


hilary says:

Creative Juice does it again! Wow…… super job!

mindy cone says:

thanks for hosting this challenge ebony and having such a fun theme! everyone did great!

Wendy @ Green Beansie Ink says:

I love this – definitely one of my favorites! Great job!!

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