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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, freelance photographer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas and photos have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine, Celebrate Magazine, All You Magazine, Elle Decor and MarthaStewart.com. She also regularly creates content for brands such as PBS Parents, HGTV, Coca-Cola, NestlΓ©, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few.

Jewel Toned Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape


Jewel Toned Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape

Jewel Toned Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape - easy to style ideas, DIy decorations and table decor for a contemporary take on Fall celebrations! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #velvetpumpkins #tablescape #tabledecor #falltablescape #thanksgiving #thanksgivingtablescape #thanksgvingtable #thanksgivingtabledecor #modernthanksgiving

My tablescape this year was inspired by the luxurious, tactile and elegant hues of velvet, to create a jewel toned Thanksgiving table decor.

You see, I've been obsessed with velvet pumpkins since I saws them on Pinterest last year. So this year, I decided to make my own velvet pumpkins, and chose some gorgeous velvet fabric for the project, which in turn inspired my entire Thanksgiving tablescape!

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Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate + Peanut Butter Fudge Drink Stirrers

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate + Peanut Butter Fudge Drink Stirrers

This post is sponsored by the National Peanut Board . I received compensation, but all opinions and content are my own. When the weather turns colder, I reach for the hot chocolate. Are you the same? It's the perfect, comforting drink and one of the perks of winter for me! In fact, it's a tradition this time of year in our house to have a hot chocolate station set up with mugs, toppings and fun treats in our kitchen, ready for when the craving for a mug of hot cocoa hits. And this year, I've upped the ante on my go-to hot chocolate recipe, with peanut butter!

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Farfalle Pasta in a Spicy Tomato and Salmon Sauce

Farfalle Pasta in a Spicy Tomato and Salmon Sauce

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Garofalo®. The opinions and text are all mine. Today's post is inspired by great food and Italian heritage! What's not to love?! Being from Italian descent, I take my pasta very seriously, as you can imagine. That's why I'm super excited to be teaming up with Garofalo® Pasta to share my quick, easy-to-make, but super delicious Farfalle All’Arrabbiata Con Salmone (Farfalle Pasta in a Spicy Tomato and Salmon Sauce).

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Kids Craft Party Ideas

Kids Craft Party Ideas

Thank you Alex Toys for sponsoring this post. If you follow the blog, you probably already know how much my little girl loves crafting. She has even started sharing a few of her favorite DIY craft ideas and projects in our Kids' Crafts blog segments! ( You can see them all here ). For her birthday last month, we planned a craft party at home with lots of fun DIY stations like sewing, slime-making, and jewelry crafts. She loved this birthday theme so much, and the kids had tons of fun getting creative and crafting together! Plus, it was a really relaxed and easy party to set up, so I thought I'd re-create some of our party ideas to share with you guys today!

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Quick and Easy Halloween Slime Recipe For Kids

Quick and Easy Halloween Slime Recipe For Kids

My daughter has been obsessed with slime for a couple of years now. She's forever watching YouTube videos   about making slime at home, buying slime whenever she sees it in the shops, and basically just driving me crazy talking about slime. Can you relate, mamas? πŸ˜‹ I've always been anti-slime myself. I mean, anything sticky that may cling to your carpet, hair and floors and that involves "wasting" household ingredients like washing-up liquid or flour...didn't spark joy for me. Buuuut, I completely changed my mind once I made slime myself!

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DIY No-Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Tote Bags

DIY No-Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Tote Bags

BOO! Hey friends, today I'll be sharing the DIY for these super fun and adorable No-Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Tote bags ! I teamed up with Sizzix once again to create this spooktacular, easy project that is perfect for your kid...or your best witches! πŸ˜‰πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ These Halloween tote bags are ideal to hold a ton of candy when you go trick or treating. After all, you can never have too much candy on Halloween, am I right?

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Halloween Chocolate Orange Layer Cake with Meringue Ghosts πŸ‘»

Halloween Chocolate Orange Layer Cake with Meringue Ghosts πŸ‘»

Today's post is a Halloween chocolate and orange cake, with a chocolate orange buttercream, a chocolate drip and sweet meringue ghosts to add extra spookiness to the ensemble! Talk about spook-tacular, right?! πŸ‘» This cake combines some of the trendiest techniques out there for decorating layer cakes, like stripes and drips, and the chocolate orange flavor is a combo made in Halloween heaven. Or hell 🀷‍♀️

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Apple and Cinnamon Punch Cocktail

Apple and Cinnamon Punch Cocktail

We're ending our apple-themed month of posts here on the blog with a toast. An apple and cinnamon punch cocktail toast, to be precise. This cocktail embodies all things fall with its seasonal flavors and its amber good-looks. Not to mention that it's a super easy-to-make recipe that will take you beautifully all the way into Thanksgiving! You can make this cocktail in a shaker and play bartender in front of your guests, or simply make a big batch ahead of your party to serve a thirsty crowd. Both recipes given below for your pleasure. You're welcome! πŸ˜‰

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A Farmhouse Inspired Apple Harvest Tablescape

A Farmhouse Inspired Apple Harvest Tablescape

I love styling tablescapes. Even before having a blog, setting a pretty table was always something that I looked forward to each holiday and special occasion. I love dreaming up new colors, patterns, textures and creative details to dress and embellish my party tables. And I couldn't wait to create an apple-themed farmhouse inspired tablescape to share with you guys this month!

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Apple and Cinnamon Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Drip

Apple and Cinnamon Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Drip

As you probably noticed, this month we're celebrating all things apple.  And you there's no better way to celebrate anything than with cake, am I right?!  Apple and cinnamon together also embody everything "Fall" for me, and is one of my favorite flavor combinations ever! Add salted caramel to the mix...and you have me hooked. For life. So today I'm sharing with you my latest layer cake creation, which consists of a delicious, fluffy apple and cinnamon sponge cake filled with a gorgeous apple and cinnamon pie filling, frosted with a creamy cinnamon frosting, and topped off with a to-die-for salted caramel drip . You're welcome! 😁

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DIY Apple Shaped Zipper Pouch

DIY Apple Shaped Zipper Pouch

September is one of my favorite months. Not only because both my kids were born in September, but because of the cooler days, the beautiful autumnal sights we see in nature and the gorgeous produce we get to enjoy this time of year, like the humble apple! Apples also symbolize the back to school season, so in its honor, we decided to celebrate by creating a few of apple-themed posts to share with you throughout the month of September - from DIYs to recipes and all in between! Staring with today's adorable DIY apple zipper pouches ! 🍎

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