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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. 

Winner of our Sweet and Saucy Giveaway


Winner of our Sweet and Saucy Giveaway
Pretty Cupcake Stand Milk Glass - via BirdsParty.com

Thank you all for taking the time to enter our last giveaway of 2010!! And what a stunning giveaway it was!! 

I'm a massive fan of Sweet & Saucy Supply so much, that I wished I could have entered this one myself, and so would like to say a HUGE thanks to Melody at Sweet & Saucy Supply for sponsoring this stunning giveaway!!

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Party Press & Latest Features

Party Press & Latest Features

Bird's Party Shop will be closing for the Holidays on Friday 17th until January 3rd , and I'll also be taking a break from the blog for a while, in order to re-charge my batteries and spend some quality time with my family! :) I'm very thankful for all the great friends I have met through the blog this year, and also for all the support and comments received by so many wonderful readers, sponsors, followers, subscribers and sweet customers!

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Giveaway | Cupcake Stand from Sweet and Saucy Shop

Giveaway | Cupcake Stand from Sweet and Saucy Shop

Sometimes I just wish I could enter my own giveaways, as this week's prize is a stunning 6" Milk Green Hobnail Pedestal Cake Stand worth $45 by none other than Sweet & Saucy Supply !! I was so beyond thrilled when Melody Brandon , Co-Owner & Head Pastry Chef of the popular dessert studio Sweet & Saucy Shop agreed to sponsor a giveaway at Bird's Party Blog , and be one of the featured sponsors in our Holiday Party Guide 2010 !!

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Bird's Party Magazine Holiday Issue 2010

Bird's Party Magazine Holiday Issue 2010

It's the season to be jolly, when we gather together to celebrate with our nearest and dearest! I love parties, it's no news. So after getting many questions about how I achieved the looks on my recent Xmas Dessert Tables, I decide to share with you all my tips and tricks in a Holiday Party Guide ! Together with some AMAZING contributing party professionals , bloggers and vendors , I am pleased to announce the launch of Bird's Party first online magazine !

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Christmas Candyland Party Press

Christmas Candyland Party Press

I don't think words can express the joy and sheer delight of having my work featured on amazing blogs such as Hostess With The Mostess !! It's difficult to share such wonderful news, and yet try to keep one's cool and not seem like you're showing off....or a lot bit hysterical! :)

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A Pinkalicious Lemonade Stand Party

A Pinkalicious Lemonade Stand Party

This take on a Pinkalicious Lemonade Party I'm about to show you, was actually a custom party request for a Bake Sale!! Isn't that fun?! My good friend Rachel from Chocolate Fish Parties , along with her kids, hosted a bake sale to raise funds for their favorite hospital Starship Children's Hospital in New Zealand , and asked me to re-design some custom printables for the occasion!

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Project Secret Santa & a Christmas DIY
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Project Secret Santa & a Christmas DIY

Hi guys, today I'm guest posting over at A Few of My Favorite Things (AFOMFT) showing you how to make these fun paper Xmas Trees, as part of PROJECT SECRET SANTA ! When I was asked by Danielle to be part of this AMAZING project, I just could not say no! During the holiday season, AFOMFT will be sharing recipes, craft projects and party planning suggestions so readers can throw their own Project Secret Santa party!!

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NEW Bird's Party Website and a Party GIVEAWAY

NEW Bird's Party Website and a Party GIVEAWAY

Yes, I've been MIA this week, but not quite.....I've been busying myself with a new, exciting venture!! Yes, folks, if you haven't noticed our Bird Crafts Blog has had a little make-over and is now re-named Bird's Party Blog . Still same URL for the blog , but more in-keeping with our brand new shop: www.BirdsParty.com http://www.birdsparty.com

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A Glitter and Snow New Year's Eve Party

A Glitter and Snow New Year's Eve Party

This one was designed with all you chic and stylish people in mind! ;) Great for a sophisticated Winter Birthday Party , glitz Holiday Celebrations or a glam New Year's Eve Party ! I wanted something a little more grown-up, with cleaner lines and a "black tie" vibe for this printable collection, and was inspired by Glitter Balls, Sparkly Baubles and Snowballs , hence the Glitter and Snow Party Collection !

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FREE Happy Thanksgiving Party Printables

FREE Happy Thanksgiving Party Printables

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and in-keeping with the theme I'd like to give thanks to you for stopping by  Bird's Party Blog  and for taking the time to read! :) Last weekend, my family and I went chestnut foraging in the woods nearby, and came back with a (huge) basketful of free goodies! After savoring the fruits of our not-so-hard-labor, I felt really blessed, fortunate and above all inspired! So I decided to create some Thanksgiving printables and make them available for you for FREE as my way of saying thanks to YOU! :)

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Last Minute Budget- Friendly Halloween Party

Last Minute Budget- Friendly Halloween Party

I know you probably have seen a lot of Halloween dessert tables lately, but if you want some very last minute, easy and inexpensive DIY ideas, then today's post is for you! :) This table was literally thrown together at the last minute and on a budget, when my hubs decided to invite friends over Wednesday evening...also at the very last minute! Don't you just love it when our men do that?! :)

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Halloween Chic Purple & Black Party Ideas

Halloween Chic Purple & Black Party Ideas

Halloween = Candy, right? So about some gorgeous eye candy?! :) These next two tables I'm about to show are from a fabulous, gorgeous blog Sandra Downie Event Designs . Sandra herself found me via my fan page on Facebook and got in touch because she wanted to showcase my kid's birthday Party in The Garden over at her amazing blog, The White Library .  Imagine to my double delight when I come across her stunning photos, events and party inspirations!!

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My Kids' Joint Butterfly & Frog Garden Birthday Party

My Kids' Joint Butterfly & Frog Garden Birthday Party

I have been meaning to post these photos for a loooong time now, but so many things have happened since the party (back in September) including a computer break down...that I only got the chance now! This was a butterfly and frog garden party themed celebration since my kiddos were born on the same day, two years apart! Not planned, juts one of those things ;) So it's a perfect birthday theme for twins also!

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DIY Easy Paper Cupcake Stands Tutorial
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DIY Easy Paper Cupcake Stands Tutorial

We sell these cute cardboard cupcake stand in the shop here . But if you fancy making your own from printable, it's totally okay too ;) Check out the fabulous DIY tutorial below with free printable template! Ideal for tea parties, right?! :)

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FREE Apple Themed Back to School Party Printables

FREE Apple Themed Back to School Party Printables

My little girl is starting kindergarten this September (yikes!) and my son is moving up to a "big" class so the nest will seem a little quieter without my little chicks for a few hours of the day. ...They grow up fast don't they?!! To help make this step a little easier and less scary for them (and for hubs and I too), we decided to celebrate and make this occasion a "happy"  one. You know the old saying: "Keep calm and have a cupcake?" Well, this is exactly what I am aiming for!! :)

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Alice in Wonderland Chic Party Ideas

Alice in Wonderland Chic Party Ideas

The film seems to have sparked a recent "Alice in Wonderland" mania in the party world, and when I saw this stunning shoot at The Wedding Chicks, I just had to share! :)  I just love the simplicity and yet sophistication of this theme! The same effects can easily be achieved with a little imagination and a trip to your nearest thrift stores or garage sales!

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Honey Bee-Day Inspired Birthday Party

Honey Bee-Day Inspired Birthday Party

Hi all, how was the weekend? Hot, did you say? Too right!! But today I bring you a nice, refreshing, summery party that we threw for friend's on the weekend!! Yay! I even baked the cake myself! Uh-huh!! And I mean the whole nine yards - Sponge, filling and frosting!!! In 300 degrees heat!!! Double bonus it has been featured on Parenting Magazine and site! :)

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Party GIVEAWAY Worth $80!!!

Party GIVEAWAY Worth $80!!!

So, I had this in my inbox: "...We appreciated the exposure we received from your fantastic blog so much, we have selected you as a CSN Preferred Blogger ! " :) Now I get to share some of my excitement with you guys!! From lights, furniture, fashion accessories, cookware, to office supplies and tools - CSN Stores are spoiling one lucky winner with an amazing gift - Of YOUR choice and worth $80 to be precise!! :)

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Adult Party Ideas | A Bollywood Indian Inspired Party

Adult Party Ideas | A Bollywood Indian Inspired Party

Actions speak louder than words, but I just have to say this: Thank you my darling husband for putting up with me in good and bad times, for being my rock, my best friend, my soul-mate. For being a wonderful husband, father and a great human being. For being who you are and for your generous, kind, funny, intelligent, handsome and strong presence in my life - You truly complete me and I admire and fancy you a lot!!! - Oh, and have I told you  he even does the laundry, the cooking and the washing up too?! :) Now the ramblings are over, remember my sneaky peek at the invites I was designing? Well, let me tells you how our day went...

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DIY New-Sew Tulle Butterflies Tutorial

DIY New-Sew Tulle Butterflies Tutorial

Last summer I was preparing my children's joint birthday Garden Party , scouring the internet for ideas, tutorials etc, and that was when I discovered the world of crafts. But most importantly, I discovered that I loved creating stuff with my own hands, and the instant gratification of seeing something I made bring smile to the faces of those I loved.

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NO-Sew, Express Baskets for your Easter Egg Hunt with FREE Printable Pattern

NO-Sew, Express Baskets for your Easter Egg Hunt with FREE Printable Pattern

If for some reason or another you haven't done any crafty things for Easter, fear not! Today I 'm showing you an easy-peasy, express craft that even a child can do  - Tried and tested by yours truly and her gang of mini helpers. Every year, the Easter bunny hides chocolate eggs around our garden, and leaves us clues as to where they're hidden. The texts changes every year, but it's basically little notes written in rhyme with cute little clues - Isn't the Easter bunny such a darling?! :)

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