Kamfy Living

Gold, White and Pink – Floral and Balloon Themed Bridal Shower

06.11.17

A couple of weeks ago was the bridal shower for my sister-in-law and I was in charge of the decor. Having moved here almost a year, I didn’t own very many things that could be used for decor but I was ready for the challenge to do a budget friendly decor that also looked amazing. So, today I will walk you through the decor for a balloon themed bridal shower and what I did to keep this bridal shower budget friendly.

  1. Venue: Originally, I hoped we could do the bridal shower at our house, because that would have no cost in terms of renting out space. But my sister-in-law really wanted to not do it at home, so we went with a community center. Community centers book pretty fast so make sure to book well in advance. The cost was reasonable, I believe it was around $30/hour and you can get an additional 2 hours to setup and cleanup. This is a budget friendly option for those of you who are unable to keep the bridal shower at home.
  2. Theme: Okay, so for the theme, I decided to keep it pretty broad so went with a gold, pink and white theme, which is fitting for any bridal shower. By keeping a broad theme, it allows you to play with different decor styles and use whatever fits your budget. If I were to describe the actual theme of this party I would say it was a balloon themed bridal shower.
  3. Decorating Items: I had a couple of ideas for decorating the space and keeping it within the theme and budget:
  • Use what you have at home: Collect any decorative items you have at home. These can include frames, cake stands, pretty serving utensils, vases, the list is endless. You can even ask your family and friends if you can borrow items. I used a bunch of frames and vases we had at home. I even used some pretty fabric we had to use as table cloth!
  • Use Balloons: Balloons can easily fill up a room. My biggest concern for this venue was the fact it was quite spacious! And balloons were the perfect answer. I bought a bunch of giant balloons that fit the theme in terms of color and design. I recommend searching for balloons online on eBay or Amazon, as these can be considerably cheaper than Party City (although they may take a while to arrive if you go for the free shipping option). Then you just need to purchase a helium tank to fill up the balloons! And they fit perfectly with the balloon themed bridal shower.
  • Make a flower wall: This option actually looked amazing and was very inexpensive to set up. You just need flowers and tape. I had wanted to purchase roses for the flower wall, but they were much pricier than carnations. I ended up using carnations (bought 36 in total) and that was more than enough to have a statement flower wall for the bride to sit in front of.
  • Buy decorative items at Value Village: Value Village has a ton of decorative items that are much cheaper than Home Sense or Winners. You never know what you may find, but I have yet to be let down by this amazing store! Use this store to find frames, candles, fake flowers, anything that will fit the theme of the decor.
  • Buy items online: By buying on eBay or Amazon, you can get a lot of things for much less than compared to stores like Party City. The online disadvantage is if you want free shipping the items take over a month to arrive. You just need to plan in advance to save some money.

4. Photo Booth: A party is always made more fun by taking a lot of pictures with your friends and family and a Photo booth is the perfect way to force the guests to take pictures. Usually for a photo booth you need a backdrop and a camera setup. I talked about setting your own photo booth for a wedding here where you take pictures and they are instantly printed out for the guests to keep on a 4×6 printer sheet. However, for this bridal shower, I did something a bit different. I bought a Polaroid camera Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (White) and a bunch of film. You can purchase film on Amazon or eBay in bulk to save on cost (as in stores it is a bit more pricey). I just laid it out on a table for the guests to use to take pictures. The backdrop was simple. I purchased a bunch of balloons in various sizes and colors along with some gold streamers to create a balloon backdrop. I just used helium to fill up the balloons and arranged them in various sizes for the backdrop.

Now for some photos of how everything turned out! I’ll be sure to link whatever I can down below so continue reading!

This is a picture of the flower wall. We put this pretty chair in front along with a giant ring shaped balloon. I was pleasantly surprised and happy with how this turned out!

These frames and vase were items we had at home. I just bought this mirror from Home Sense and used a white sharpie to write a message!

Here is a better shot of the entrance table. These giant LOVE balloons I found of Amazon and the table cloth was fabric we had at home already!

The photo booth table. Guests took pictures with the Instax Mini 8 camera and taped the printed photo with some washi tape onto a beautiful floral guestbook for the bride to keep.

For the dessert table, I found this skid on the side of the street and painted it white. Then I just placed this love balloon in front. One of my favorite parts of the bridal shower, although the picture doesn’t do it justice (Gursheel didn’t take this picture).

Minus the garbage bin on the side, this was the balloon backdrop for the photo booth. Instead of purchasing weights for the balloons, I filled some empty balloons with sand. Easy! I hope you enjoyed this budget friendly guide for decorating for a balloon themed bridal shower.

Cake/cupcakes: Wake and Bake

Pink love balloon: Amazon

Ring balloon: Amazon

Gold L-O-V-E balloons: Amazon

Gold streamers: Amazon

Thanks for reading this post on decorating for a balloon themed bridal shower!

 

Kamfy Living

May Monthly Favorites and Pixie Mood Review

06.04.17

May is over and I realized I didn’t do an April favorites post, so I will have a lot of my favorites to talk about today including a Pixie Mood review, this awesome vegan cruelty free accessories brand I recently discovered!

TV SHOW

  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: This is an amazing miniseries style documentary by HBO about Robert Durst that was recommended to me by a friend from work. It is directed by Andrew Jarecki who made the film All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling, that is also about Robert Durst, the accused murderer. The show is done amazingly well with interviews with Robert Durst and the best part is the ending. It’s only 6 episodes long and definitely one of my documentaries AND show!


BOOK

  • The Expanse: Is a Sci Fi novel series that again was recommended by my co-worker and I have been flying through the books, I’m almost done the fourth book by now. There is also a TV show based off the books that I tried watching for a bit, but didn’t enjoy as much as I did the books. Seriously guys, read this book, it’s on my list of favorites! Or watch the show if you are into interesting stories and let me know how it is (I heard good things about the show as well though). The other really interesting thing is the author of the book: James S.A. Corey, which is a pen name of two authors, one of whom was George R.R. Martin’s assistant!

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PODCAST

  • Afford Anything: This is probably one of the first podcasts I started listening to and I really do enjoy it. Paula Pant is the host of this podcast and I just love how she explains everything so well. It’s a podcast about learning to spend money wisely and talks about ETFs, real estate investing, etc. It’s targeted towards a US audience, however, just the mentality towards spending is the underlying theme and it really motivates me. Afford Anything basically is about applying the mentality that you can’t afford everything but you can afford anything and therefore you need to be critical as to what you consider important and worth spending money on. One of my favorite money podcasts!

FASHION

  • Pixie Mood: I discovered this brand when we went to Ottawa. If you haven’t checked out the Ottawa Travel Guide, you must! Anyways, here is a short Pixie Mood review, which is a vegan/cruelty free accessories brand that was founded in Toronto! When I was in Ottawa, I noticed these bags that looked a lot like Mat and Nat, but with unique colors and prints. As I took a closer look I noticed the brand Pixie Mood written on the bags. Then I learned that it is vegan and I was sold and had to purchase something. I bought this card holder which I was actually in need of. I have so many cards, but a couple cards that I use on a daily basis. This was the perfect thing: vegan, useful and beautiful!

FOOD

  • Blueberry Crossovers Using Puff Pastry: We recently made these quick and easy and delicious puff pastry dessert that you MUST try. I’ve linked the recipe so let me know if you try the recipe!Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry
  • Starbucks Frappuccinos: The only drink I almost ever get at Starbucks is the Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino! I love this drink so much that I remember when I went to UBC, I had one every day in the summer! Yikes. But it was oh so delicious and remains one of my favorite drinks ever! Now that the weather is getting hotter here in Toronto, we get a frappuccino every weekend and what we do instead is get the same drink but with a shot of Peppermint. This combination isn’t for everyone, but I LOVE the chocolate and mint flavor combined. I think in May, we probably had a total of 6 frappuccinos! Not the crazy amount that I had in UBC, but enough to say that our diet in May hasn’t been the best!

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FITNESS

  • Boot Camp: On a slightly healthier note, I have been taking Boot Camp classes at U of T and I LOVE them! The class is super intense and is a series of TABATA workouts for a total of 50 minutes. Working out in group setting really motivates you. If I were to do the same workout by myself at home, I would probably just give up in a few minutes, but the group setting makes you think ‘No, if that person can do it, so can I.’ Although another reason you can’t give up in class is because the instructor yells at you for stopping or doing it wrong! Hahaha! Regardless, the class is super fun, intense, and I feel sore for the next three days, which to me is a sign of a successful workout.

EDUCATIONAL

  • Lynda courses: And finally, Lynda! So Lynda is an online education company that has thousands of video courses in a variety of topics. I have been taking some related to Google Analytics, Pinterest, and business development. And the amazing thing: they’re FREE! You just go to your local library’s website and click on e-learning, and Lynda courses are available for you to watch! All you need is a library card. Courses that I see offered online for similar topics can range in cost from $100-1000 dollars, but this is the same value (if not more) and it’s entirely free. Really amazing!

I hope you all had an amazing month and if I had to choose my favorite favorite for this month, it would have to be my Pixie Mood card holder. I really hope you all enjoyed the short pixie mood review!

Kamfort Food

Homemade Eggless Blueberry Crossovers using Puff Pastry Recipe

05.23.17

If you’re looking for a quick Eggless dessert that looks like it came right out of a French bakery, you definitely will impress your guests with this one! And, it is super easy to make! Today I will be sharing a recipe on how to make homemade Eggless Blueberry Crossovers using Puff Pastry.

The star of the show is the puff pastry and guess what, you don’t need to make it from scratch because there are a lot of vegan as well as eggless puff pastry dough you can purchase from any grocery store. I’ll be using the Compliments Butter Puff Pastry which contains butter (so not vegan), but I have seen brands that are vegan, so just take a look at your grocery store if you need it to be vegan. Using the Puff pastry is what makes this recipe so easy and quick! I have seen recipes for making homemade puff pastry and I may also post a recipe on this blog as well! The only thing I will say is remember that the puff pastry is frozen, so make sure to thaw it before hand before making the blueberry crossovers!

We had actually made some puff pastries a couple of weeks ago where we played around with the recipe and different designs. Pinterest has a lot of ideas if you’re looking for inspiration and aren’t the biggest fan of crossovers. However, I found the crossover design to be the most visually appealing and fun to design.

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

Homemade eggless blueberry crossovers using puff pastry

INGREDIENTS

1 pack of puff pastry (I used Compliments)

227g container of cream cheese

3/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

For the filling, mix together 1 container of cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp lemon juice and set aside.

Slowly open up the rolled and frozen puff pastry (once it has thawed). Each package contains two rolls of puff pastry.

From each roll, cut the puff pastry dough into 4 squares so that in total you have 8 squares.

Leaving a space in the middle, cut lines horizontally on either side of the dough. See picture for visual description.

Place the cream cheese filling the middle and place a handful of blueberries of top.

Now, braid the lines over top each other to get the crossover look. Again, refer to picture for better description.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 15 min (or until brown) at 350’F.

Let cool and then enjoy! Tastes best when fresh and warm!