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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.

Neutral Farmhouse DIY Christmas Décor


Neutral Farmhouse DIY Christmas Décor
Neutral Farmhouse DIY Christmas Décor - quick, easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly Holiday mantel decorations, projects and crafts! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #neutralchristmas #neutraldecor #naturalchristmas #naturaldecor #christmas #christmasmantel #manteldecor #holidaydecor #neutralfarmhouse #neutralfarmhousechristmas #neutralfarmhousedecor #scandinavianchristmas #christmasmantel

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.

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Homemade Lime Marmalade Recipe & Printable Gift Tags

Homemade Lime Marmalade Recipe & Printable Gift Tags

This year, I decided to scale things down a bit. Therefore, I will spend less time scouring the shops to buy gifts, in favor of handmade or homemade presents. Not only this is infinitely less stressful, but it give me much more pleasure to make something by hand, helps me pass the time, and is far better for my wallet too! 😉 Hence this delicious, handmade (or homemade) lime marmalade , which is perfect to include in Holiday food hampers, to give to neighbors, as Christmas stocking fillers, or to add to your festive cheese boards at home!

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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!

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Bakewell Tart Recipe with Store Cupboard Ingredients

Bakewell Tart Recipe with Store Cupboard Ingredients

Fall rhymes with pies and tarts, am I right? All that wonderful, seasonal produce is just begging to be included in the most comforting recipes. But to be honest, I don't always have those pretty farmer's market fresh fruit and veg to hand when I fancy a slice of pie (or tart). So this is where my  Bakewell Tart recipe comes in SO handy! This tart recipe uses all store cupboard (shop bought) ingredients, is super easy to make and comes together in a flash!

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Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with Fondant Ghost Toppers

Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with Fondant Ghost Toppers

Last year for Halloween, I made a super delicious chocolate and orange layer cake with meringue ghost toppers . So this year, I wanted to bake something tasty, but a lot quicker and simpler too. Something which you could actually bake with the kiddos at home for Halloween.  Therefore, I came up with these delicious Halloween chocolate cupcakes with condensed milk frosting (also known as the most delicious, silky smooth, quick and EASY homemade chocolate frosting EVER) topped with the cutest fondant ghost toppers! 👻

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Halloween Mantel DIY Modern Decor

Halloween Mantel DIY Modern Decor

This year, Halloween is a little more demure at ours. So, I opted for creating a few decorations that would reflect a "calmer" and more cozy vibe with neutral colors and a more paired-down style. To be honest, I much rather prefer this black and white, clean, modern monochrome vibe than anything too loud anyways!  Not to mention that, (apart from the spider webs) this décor can be re-purposed for the November and Fall months too!

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Cute DIY Halloween Throw Pillows

Cute DIY Halloween Throw Pillows

Halloween for my family has always been about the fun costumes, snuggling up on the sofa while watching movies, and eating candy.  So although Halloween may look a little different this year, we'll still just see it as an excuse to snuggle up on the sofa to watch fun movies...and eat lots of candy! 😁 Hence these adorably cute, decorative Halloween throw pillows to make our sofas a little more cozy and a lot more BOO-tiful 👻

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Oreo Cake Recipe

Oreo Cake Recipe

Fall temps call for comfort food, am I right? Hence this decadent Oreo cake!  This chocolate Oreo layer cake is my daughter's all-time favorite cake and she requests it for every birthday, which I'm more than glad to oblige since it's oh-so delicious and super fun to make!  If you like chocolate and Oreos (like us), than you really can't go wrong with this chocolate layer cake with Oreo buttercream and a chocolate ganache drip to finish things off! YUM!

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Fall Coffee Bar, DIY Farmhouse Decor and FREE Printables

Fall Coffee Bar, DIY Farmhouse Decor and FREE Printables

I'm a coffee lover and cannot lie! ☕🥰  So naturally, I take so much pleasure in creating a little coffee nook in the studio and changing its decor each season. Especially since we've been spending so much at home lately, a designated coffee bar or coffee station adds such a fun and cozy vibe to any room, especially during the cooler Fall season! Sometimes I like to "go all out", particularly for the Holidays, and add some sweet treats to my coffee bar like the coffee and donuts bar I styled last winter .  But for now, here are some easy DIY crafts that you can replicate to decorate your coffee bar for Fall!

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Scandinavian Inspired DIY Blush Tablescape and Decor for Fall

Scandinavian Inspired DIY Blush Tablescape and Decor for Fall

Even though the temps are still pretty hot where I live, Fall is officially here! Inspired by all the pretty autumnal colors around my garden and the local French countryside, I styled a blush tablescape that would be perfect for any celebration you may be hosting this season. Or simply to dress a pretty table for brunch! Since some of us are still homeschooling or working from home, I find that adding little touches of seasonal décor and comfort, not only serve to "dress up" the space we're living in, but also helps to cheer things up a bit!

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Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

Now that school has started, I find myself making this gluten-free banana bread in batches on the weekend, and serving it up for breakfast, snack and dessert throughout the week! This is such a quick and easy recipe to make, not to mention that it's also gluten free (my husband is gluten intolerant) and is super nutritious too! I like to serve it with fresh fruit, yogurt or cream cheese, and a drizzle of honey for a wholesome start to our day. But in all honesty, this banana bread is pretty tasty on its own, and needs nothing else. Apart from maybe a cup of coffee on the side? 😉

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A Botanical Tablescape with 5 DIY Projects

A Botanical Tablescape with 5 DIY Projects

There are so many things I love about fall. The cooler evenings, the changing colors of the leaves outside, the beautiful harvest produce on our tables, and the magical lighting this time of year are just a few of my favorite things about it! So taking inspiration from this season's beauty, I styled a botanical inspired tablescape that's perfect to transition from summer, into a more cozy fall mood! Check out all my 5 easy DIY projects below to help you copy this botanical tablescape look at home!

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