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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, Nestlé, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few.
Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and if you need some quick and easy dessert ideas then this post is for you! I've rounded up my go-to, last-minute, affordable and easy desserts recipes that also have the wow factor without much effort at all! These desserts can be made in advance or at the very last-minute, so be sure to stock up on a few essential ingredients so you can whip them up for any impromptu gathering over the holiday season!

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball Appetizer

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball Appetizer

Thanksgiving is nearly here (how did that happen?), and so I find myself dreaming up pumpkin-themed crafts, recipes and décor. Are you the same? 😁 Hence, this pumpkin-shaped cheese ball appetizer that looks so fun, tastes SO yummy, but was a doddle to make!  I love a  tasty grazing board or charcuterie platter for entertaining, so for each season I try to re-invent the classic cheese board spread to bring a little fun to my party tables!

Quick and Easy Last Minute Halloween Party Food

Quick and Easy Last Minute Halloween Party Food

Halloween is nearly upon us, so I thought I'd round up some quick and easy recipes and food ideas to help you get the party started even if it's last minute! However you celebrate Halloween, these tasty ideas are really easy to pull off and even the kids can help!  These snacks and treats are also great for a movie-watching marathon with the family on the couch- my personal favorite way to celebrate 😁

Halloween Jack O' Lantern Hand Pies

Halloween Jack O' Lantern Hand Pies

I love all the themed Halloween treats around, but my priority these days is to make something delicious but that's also easy and that I can whip up with store-cupboard ingredients if possible 😉 Hence these adorable Halloween Jack O' Lantern hand pies! These yummy pies are not only super fun to look at, but they're also very tasty indeed, only require 2 ingredients, and you can whip up a batch in a jiffy!

Pumpkin Spice Brazilian Brigadeiro Truffles

Pumpkin Spice Brazilian Brigadeiro Truffles

'Tis the season of pumpkins so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make one of my favorite desserts -  pumpkin spice Brazilian Brigadeiro, aka pumpkin spice truffles! These little sweet bites not only look quite adorable, but they're also SO incredibly tasty, made with condensed milk and all the comforting flavors of Fall! YUM! If you like pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice anything, then you'll love these! In fact, these make a great alternative to your more traditional Fall or Halloween pumpkin desserts. Plus, they'll look just as yummy on a Thanksgiving desserts platter too, so be sure to pin it for later! 😉

Easy DIY Modern Farmhouse Wood Lanterns

Easy DIY Modern Farmhouse Wood Lanterns

Hey guys, today I'm sharing a DIY project that had been on my to-do list for soooo long - DIY modern farmhouse lanterns! These DIY large modern farmhouse lanterns were so easy to make at home and turned out much better than I expected! They look so high-end in my opinion, despite costing next to nothing to make! Bonus, that I got to recycle some old canvases to make them, which helped to reduce my costs even further! 🥰👌

Feta Cheese and Sweet Potato Filo Pastry Samosa Appetizers

Feta Cheese and Sweet Potato Filo Pastry Samosa Appetizers

Fall is the season for pies, so I thought I'd share these tasty, savory feta cheese and sweet potato samosas or hand-pies, which are the perfect appetizer and ideal for entertaining! My husband cooks most of the time at our house, so this recipe is originally his, but using spinach instead of sweet potato, 'cause he's not a fan 😲 But because he had forgotten to buy the spinach, I snatched his ingredients to make these delicious feta cheese and sweet potato appetizers, because my kids and I LOVE sweet potatoes!

Fig, Prosciutto Ham and Feta Cheese Pizza

Fig, Prosciutto Ham and Feta Cheese Pizza

Fig season is upon us, and I couldn't pass up the chance to create a delicious recipe using the figs from my garden. Hence this Fig, Prosciutto ham and Feta cheese pizza ! We've had our fig tree for about 5 years  now. Last year, the fruits were attacked by bugs before we could enjoy them, so I'm mega happy to be able to harvest anything we can this year. These figs are juicy, plump and super sweet, and although beautiful to eat as is; I decided to add them to a sweet and savory pizza alongside some delicious Prosciutto ham and Feta cheese.

Cantaloupe Melon Lemonade

Cantaloupe Melon Lemonade

Now that summer's ending, this is the perfect recipe to make the most of those Cantaloupe melons which are still abundantly available, but not quite at their best.  A few summers ago, my husband successfully grew cantaloupe melons from seed in our garden, and it's become one of favorite summer fruits! This year we have added it to salads, smoothies, fruit salads...and now, this delicious and refreshing melon lemonade!

Kids Boho Study Desk DIY Décor

Kids Boho Study Desk DIY Décor

It's back to school season, so I thought I'd share so easy DIY craft projects and ideas to help you re-decorate or update your child's homework or study area. The idea is to create a  few simple décor pieces that are also practical and help to add a little touch of fun to a child's room, without breaking the bank.  AND without spending hours crafting. You're welcome! 😉

No-Churn Tres Leches Ice Cream

No-Churn Tres Leches Ice Cream

This summer I've been making a lot of treats as you can probably tell from aaaall the recipe posts I've been sharing here on the blog 😋 And this tres leches (three milks) ice cream has become my go-to, easy treat to serve on its own or to accompany any dessert (think pies, cakes, fruit salad etc.). This milky and creamy ice cream recipe only requires 3 ingredients, which you probably already have at home, and NO ice cream machine in sight! 👍

Mango and Yogurt Popsicles

Mango and Yogurt Popsicles

Ever since I've shared my yummy   strawberries and cream popsicles here on the blog, I've been asked if I can replace the cream with yogurt. So I decided to do just that, and have used Greek Yogurt instead of cream for a lighter, healthier take on these summer treats! Well, I didn't use any strawberries but mango puree instead. You can in fact use any seasonal fruit to make popsicles or frozen lollipops.

Summer Berries Cheesecake Bars

Summer Berries Cheesecake Bars

This recipe came about by accident, sort of. I was looking for a recipe online that I could make to use up all the blackberries I have growing in my garden. Eventually I found a simple enough cheesecake recipe and bought all the ingredients to make it, but on the day I decided to make it, the blackberries were not ripe yet! So, I swapped the blackberries for frozen summer berries (which I always have in the freezer), and it was a hit!

Flowerpot Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sugar Paste Flowers

Flowerpot Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sugar Paste Flowers

Since we've been sharing some wedding ideas in the last couple of weeks, I thought I'd post these flower pot cupcakes, since they'd be perfect for any wedding or bridal shower you may be planning! My go-to chocolate chip cupcakes are baked directly in small clay pots, then topped with a simple buttercream tinted green to give the illusion  of grass, and crowned with handmade sugar paste edible flowers!

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