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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.
A Lemon Themed Tablescape for Summer

A Lemon Themed Tablescape for Summer

Last year, I created a bunch of lemon themed posts here for the blog , but did not have time to style a tablescape. So I decided to style this lemon table this year, with a modern farmhouse vibe and using props and decor I already had at home.  I wanted to create an easy table decor that was pretty and fresh, and that  would be perfect for any celebration that summer brings, no matter how small. Here are some of my zingy ideas below!

How To Build a Bagel Brunch Board

How To Build a Bagel Brunch Board

Easter is only a  few days away, and if like me, you need a quick, easy and delicious brunch idea to serve to your family and friends, then this post has the answer.  And the answer come in the form of a Bagel Brunch Board! This bagel brunch board is a spring brunch version of the charcuterie and cheese boards we're so fond of here on the blog ( and all over Pinterest ) 😍

How to Make an Easter Bunny Cake 🐰🥚🌸

How to Make an Easter Bunny Cake 🐰🥚🌸

Hi friends! Today I bring you an adorable bunny cake recipe that would be perfect to serve for your Easter celebrations or a bunny theme party! This cake is a nod to the Unicorn birthday cake   I made for my daughter's 10th birthday party, and I love how it turned out!  It looks beyond adorable and taste so good, but is super easy to bake and decorate as you'll see in a  moment; and hope it inspires you to have a go to wow your family and guests this Easter! 😍

Neutral Easter Tablescape and DIY Mantel Decor

Neutral Easter Tablescape and DIY Mantel Decor

I know I'm a little late posting these this year, but hopefully you can still find some quick and easy ideas here, and feel inspired to create an inviting and meaningful table to gather around with your loved ones this Easter! I have ditched all my usual colorful props in favor of a more neutral, relaxing and peaceful style in-keeping with the faith-filled ambiance I was trying to create for this neutral Easter tablescape and DIY mantel decor.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Easter Décor with FREE Printables

DIY Modern Farmhouse Easter Décor with FREE Printables

This year, I'm not doing a huge Easter table like I usually do. Instead, I'm slowing down and focusing more on simplicity, on recycling and up-cycling what I already have on hand to create my décor.  Don't know about you, but I'm so over the OTT parties and home decorations! 😉 So, I hope you enjoy these easy, DIY craft projects and tiered tray styling ideas, which are great to add a simple but pretty touch of spring to your Easter tablescape or home!

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Hey friends, Easter is 'round the corner and I've decided to share with you one of my favorite recipes EVER - Hot cross buns !!  These delicious, lightly spiced sweet bread rolls make for the perfect Easter breakfast, lunch or treat and are quite simple to make too!  I absolutely love eating hot cross buns any time of day though, and this year I tried a new recipe that I just had to share it with you guys, since they turned out SO good!

Easter Mantel Pastel Decor DIYs

Easter Mantel Pastel Decor DIYs

As you can probably tell from my recent Easter themed posts here on the blog , I'm currently really into pastels.  I know it's not a groundbreaking concept for Easter or spring, but there's just something so cheerful and comforting about pastel colors - be it in parties, food or tablescapes. Am I right? Maybe next year I'll choose a more neutral color palette or farmhouse style for my decor, but pastels it is for my mantel decor this year!

A Modern Valentine's Day Dinner Party

A Modern Valentine's Day Dinner Party

When you have kids in tow, Valentine's Day festivities take on a whole new meaning (I think parents reading this will nod at this point), and the phrase three's a crowd springs to mind? :) Because of that fact, I've often shared family-friendly Valentine's Day party ideas, recipes and crafts here on the blog.  But this year, since my kiddos are a little older; I fancy a little dinner date with my husband!

Hibiscus Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Hibiscus Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Valentine's Day is 'round the corner, and if you need a delicious, easy to make and oh-so-pretty cocktail to serve at your party, or to your best gals, then this post is for you! I've been into hibiscus cocktails since last summer, as I just love the pretty colors and floral notes it gives to any drink. So naturally, I turned to hibiscus to add a touch of " je ne sais quoi " to my classic Margarita cocktail recipe!

A Cozy Winter Soup Party Tablescape

A Cozy Winter Soup Party Tablescape

January just makes me want get cozy and warm. And for me, there's no better way to celebrate any occasion in winter than with a big bowl of steaming hot soup! So it got me thinking that a soup party buffet would make a fabulous, and soup-er 😁 easy way to entertain this season! My family lives on soup in winter, so I set up this cozy winter soup party tablescape with a buffet fit for hosting family, friends and kids at home!

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!

Gluten Free Brownie Cookies

Gluten Free Brownie Cookies

Christmas is when I bake the most. Every weekend, it's a new cookie recipe I like to try. And these days, I find myself reaching for my gluten free brownie cookies over and over again!  These brownie cookies are fudgy in the center and slightly crisp on the edges. They pack a huge chocolate flavor and have that umami note that make it my (and my family's) favorite cookies EVER! I love brownies. And cookies. So the idea of combining both brownies AND cookies into an easy-to-make recipe, is for me, the embodiment of Holiday baking 😉 

Christmas Wreath Cheese Platter Appetizer

Christmas Wreath Cheese Platter Appetizer

Cheese boards and cheese platters have been trending now for a couple of years, and I'm not surprised. They're a no-bake, quick and easy to assemble appetizer that packs the wow factor for any party! For my Thanksgiving celebrations , you probably saw that   I served my cheese board with fruits and seasonal produce for a "harvest" bounty sort of feel.  But for my Christmas cheese platter, I wanted a simpler appetizer that was also very festive and even easier to assemble than my traditional, full-on cheese board.

DIY No-Sew Christmas Gnomes with FREE Templates

DIY No-Sew Christmas Gnomes with FREE Templates

These Scandinavian inspired Christmas gnomes have been trending on Pinterest for a couple of years and I'm still obsessed with how adorable they look! Being the crafter that I am, I couldn't resist making my own this Christmas, and today I'm sharing my super easy, inexpensive, NO-SEW Christmas gnomes + the FREE templates I designed to make the whole project a  lot easier for us all! 😉

My Hygge Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Tablescape

My Hygge Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Tablescape

According to Wikipedia, " Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. " This meaning is exactly what I was lookin for when I styled this table. This feeling of effortless comfort and coziness that our Scandinavian friends are so good at re-creating, is something that really appeals to me at this time of year!

Neutral Farmhouse DIY Christmas Décor

Neutral Farmhouse DIY Christmas Décor

This year, Christmas at ours will be a little more chilled out and relaxed, so my décor will also be a reflection of that. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year, and after a tough year, I don't want to stress over elaborate décor. So I took my inspiration from nature to start the decorating process, with the styling of my mantel in a neutral farmhouse style . The DIY projects for this décor style are also inexpensive and super easy. Again, reflecting the peaceful and natural atmosphere I want to create at home.

DIY Christmas Village Advent Calendar

DIY Christmas Village Advent Calendar

Some of my favorite ways to spend quality time with my kids during the holiday period, is to craft and to bake together. And this year, more than any other, the focus will truly be on family and faith! So rather than share lavish party ideas here on the blog, I've been creating some content that's suppose to nurture those feelings of home, togetherness and of slowing down to focus on what Christmas is truly about. Starting with this tiered DIY Christmas village advent calendar . It's a fun, easy craft project that your can do with the kids, and bring it out year after year as a family keepsake!

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!

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