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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. 

Last Minute New Year's Eve Party Ideas


Last Minute New Year's Eve Party Ideas


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Well that's it. My last post of the year! 

As New Year's Eve is the last party of the year, I like the idea of partying without the fuss. So here are some glitzy and glam but also super simple ideas, to help you see the end of year celebrations with style and ease.

Come midnight, I'll def. be letting my hair down, be dancing on tables, and be toasting and wishing for a New Year full of fabulous parties, amazing friendships and opportunities! And I hope and wish that your 2013 is equally full of joy, prosperity and full of sparkle! :)

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New Year's Eve Easy Party Appetizers Recipes

New Year's Eve Easy Party Appetizers Recipes

Come New Year I'm all partied out to be honest, so don't fancy slaving away in the kitchen to create a hoard of food for my cocktail party. Yes, I have one of those each year since I can remember! Now that I'm a parent, the party food also has to be tailored to little ones... This is where the advice of the mighty-wise and fabulous kitchen doyenne Ina Garten, comes in handy: "I make only two appetizers, and assemble the rest!"   So here are two quick and easy recipes I promised in my   Glam New Year Party post  - One sweet, one savory, and a total hit with young or grown up kids! ;)

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Glam Pink New Year's Eve Party & Free Printables

Glam Pink New Year's Eve Party & Free Printables

Hope you had a fabulous Christmas! ♥ I'm now ready and excited to celebrate the arrival of a New Year, full of great hopes and expectations! And it's with this excitement that I created this Glam   New Year's Eve Party Printable Collection - To reflect the fun, pizzazz and sparkle I'm hoping for 2013! :) I wanted to keep the styling simple and attainable, with table decor and props you might already have around the house at this time of year. Hope you like the ideas + FREE New Year's Eve Resolution Cards !

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May Your Days Be Merry and Bright!
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May Your Days Be Merry and Bright!

I LOVE Christmas! And as I find myself sitting here writing this post,  with my kids around and literally roasting chestnuts on a open fire; I cannot help but to feel so lucky and blessed. This past year has been a roller-coaster on so many levels, and you guys have been there all the way. So I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours,  a very merry and blessed Christmas!  May your 2013 be merry, bright, delicious and full of FUN!

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Very Last Minute Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

Very Last Minute Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

Click here to see more easy and quick to make handmade gift ideas These last minute handmade gift ideas  are great as they are quick and easy to make, inexpensive and most of the materials can  probably   already  be found in your home. Just add a dash of imagination to transform them into  meaningful , unique and personal gifts - For him, for her, for kids and even for pets! ;) If you like the party inspiration images we've put together, then   PIN  them  with hashtag  #PinParty  to get  3 extra entries  in our   12 Days of Christmas Pin Party  Giveaway  - It's the LAST DAY !!  Keep reading to find out more...

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Blue & White Frosty Snowflakes Holiday Party Ideas

Blue & White Frosty Snowflakes Holiday Party Ideas

Click here to see more 'Blue and White' Party Ideas  A Blue and White , 'Frosty Snowflake ' Inspiration Board - Fresh and scintillating ideas for any Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter or Holiday Party! If you like the party inspiration images we've put together, then   PIN  them  with hashtag  #PinParty  to get  3 extra entries  in our   12 Days of Christmas Pin Party  Giveaway ! Keep reading to find out more...

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Metallic Chic Christmas Party Ideas

Metallic Chic Christmas Party Ideas

Giveaway now closed! ' All That Glitters ' is our Day 9 Silver and Gold Party Inspiration Board by Amy Atlas - With dazzling and sparkly ideas for your end of year celebrations! If you like the party inspiration images we've put together, then   PIN  them  with hashtag  #PinParty  to get  3 extra entries  in our   12 Days of Christmas Pin Party  Giveaway ! Keep reading to find out more...

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Peppermint Christmas Red & White Party Ideas

Peppermint Christmas Red & White Party Ideas

Giveaway now closed! If you're looking for Red and White Christmas Party Inspiration , then look no further - Pizzazzerie has put together an enchanting collage full of festive ideas for us, aptly named 'Peppermint Christmas'! :) If you like the party inspiration images we've put together, then   PIN  them  with hashtag  #PinParty  to get  3 extra entries  in our   12 Days of Christmas Pin Party  Giveaway ! Keep reading to find out more...

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Merry and Modern Christmas Brunch Party Ideas

Merry and Modern Christmas Brunch Party Ideas

Giveaway now closed! With a Red, Olive Green and Black color palette, The Celebration Shoppe has given us some fresh and fabulous ideas on a Christmas Brunch - with a very Merry and Modern twist! If you like the party inspiration images we've put together, then   PIN  them  with hashtag  #PinParty  to get  3 extra entries  in our   12 Days of Christmas Pin Party  Giveaway ! Keep reading to find out more...

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26 Random Acts of Kindness for the Angels of Newtown...
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26 Random Acts of Kindness for the Angels of Newtown...

We are all shocked and cannot begin to imagine the suffering and pain of the parents and those left behind in the recent tragedy in Newtown. Christmas is a time for giving and being with loved ones, and as a parent, these horrible events are even more poignant, but I cannot even begin to understand... My friend and kind soul Kristy from The Purple Pug, contacted me to help spread the word about her wish to do  26 random acts of kindness for 26 random families of Connecticut. In honor and awe of 26 beautiful, perfect angels.

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Merry and Bright Christmas Holiday Party Ideas

Merry and Bright Christmas Holiday Party Ideas

Giveaway now closed! Day 6 of our GIVEAWAY brings us a dazzling and sparkling  gold and silver  party inspiration board, courtesy of  Hostess With The Mostess . If you like the party inspiration images we've put together, then   PIN  them  with hashtag  #PinParty  to get  3 extra entries  in our   12 Days of Christmas Pin Party  Giveaway ! Keep reading to find out more...

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Winter Chalet Inspired Holiday Party Ideas

Winter Chalet Inspired Holiday Party Ideas

Giveaway now closed! We're starting the week with another fabulous Christmas Party Inspiration Board - This one is entitled ' Over The River and Through The Woods ' due to its woodland feel and rustic, natural party ideas handpicked and compiled by Celebrations at Home .  If you like the party inspiration images we've put together, then   PIN  them  with hashtag  #PinParty  to get  3 extra entries  in our   12 Days of Christmas Pin Party  Giveaway ! Keep reading to find out more...

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Rudolph Fondue Party for HGTV with Free Printables

Rudolph Fondue Party for HGTV with Free Printables

As promised, this is the second of the Holiday parties I styled for HGTV this year - A Rudolph Inspired Fondue Party  . Honestly had a blast styling this party and is now one of my faves because of that! :) Again, I designed a full printable party collection for this party, which you can download for FREE from the HGTV site here (tutorials and recipes links below). The collection includes printable candy bar invitations, cupcake toppers, favor tags, reindeer antlers, buffet labels, buffet cards, and all the party printable you need to style your own version at home!

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DIY Fondant Gingerbread People Cupcake Toppers

DIY Fondant Gingerbread People Cupcake Toppers

There's nothing like the smell of gingerbread to put me in the Christmas Mood, and this week we're bringing you some fun posts inspired by this most delicious of Christmas scents!  The first of our posts is courtesy of our blog contributor Marda, from Belle Cake Topper and Mould , and she teaches us how to make the cutest Gingerbread People Fondant Toppers , inspired by Bird's Party Christmas Candyland Design !  :)

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How to Make DIY Chocolate Covered Oreos

How to Make DIY Chocolate Covered Oreos

Chocolate Covered Oreos have been a permanent fixture on desert tables now, and I usually get my designer Oreos from either of my two favorite vendors: Sweeties by Kim or  Sweet Temptations. But for this handmade party I styled  for HGTV , I forgot to order in advance and had to make my own... Mine are nooooo way near as fabulous as the ones from the vendors above, but they tasted pretty yummy, and very handy when you're in a pinch! ;)

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A Penguin Themed Kids Christmas Holiday Tablescape

A Penguin Themed Kids Christmas Holiday Tablescape

The last of our three  Kids' Holiday Tables was inspired by cute penguins, so naturally the color scheme was black and white , with splashes of bright yellow to warm things up! I wanted to create a more sophisticated and modern looking table, whilst keeping the styling fun for the kids - A good balance for those who love to entertain in style, even for little guests! ;)

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Giveaway | $500 Amazon Party Shopping Spree

Giveaway | $500 Amazon Party Shopping Spree

This giveaway is now closed! Excited to be joining some fabulous friends for another mammoth giveaway, just in time for Christmas!  This giveaway was organized by the ladies at Best Friends for Frosting, and I'm tagging along for the ride! :) Enter below for your chance to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card !

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Kids Red & Teal Snowman Christmas Holiday Tablescape

Kids Red & Teal Snowman Christmas Holiday Tablescape

Following on from our first styled table yesterday , this is our Crafty Snowman Kid's Holiday Table . Check out all the crafty, FUN and DIY party decorations details below, in red and teal - perfect creative party table for your Christmas Holiday celebrations and dinners!

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Candyland Christmas Tablescape | Kids Holiday Table

Candyland Christmas Tablescape | Kids Holiday Table

Holiday is a time to get the family around and enjoy the company of our loved ones. At some point during the Holiday season, you're bound to sit down for a meal and find little kids among you. So, how to keep them entertained and amused during the meal without breaking a sweat? And no, your fabulous carving skills may not do the trick here... The answer is to create a special table just for them! Check out the first of three Kids' Holiday Table ideas I styled for the winter issue of  ' Yum Food and Fun for Kids ' magazine - inspired by candy off course! ;)

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Handmade Holiday Party for HGTV with Free Printables

Handmade Holiday Party for HGTV with Free Printables

Beyond excited to finally get to share one of the two parties I styled for HGTV this year - A Handmade Holiday Party! I designed a full printable party collection for this party, which you can download for FREE from the HGTV site here  (tutorials and recipes links below). The collection includes printable invitations, menu card, cupcake toppers, favor tags, dessert banners and dessert buffet labels, buffet cards, place cards, cupcake wrappers, drinks flags and all the party printable you need to style your own version at home!

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Christmas Lights Cookies Recipe with M&Ms

Christmas Lights Cookies Recipe with M&Ms

I ♥ cookies, but am no cookie-decorating doyenne, so when Mars asked to bake some Tasty Table Lights cookies using  M&M'S® Chocolate Candies Holiday Blend , I jumped at the chance! I mean, how cute to these look?! So yummy too! Not to mention easy to make, so even a child could do it! ;) These cookies would also be great for a cookie exchange party, and I can see them becoming a favorite tradition in our home for the Holidays! ;)

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Kids Party Ideas | A Penguin Winter Birthday

Kids Party Ideas | A Penguin Winter Birthday

This super cool Penguin Birthday Party (pun intended..) was styled by our fabulous contributor Mindy from Creative Juice for Bird's Party Magazine Winter 2011 .  Mindy used Bird's Party penguin frozen Printables and create a really rather fabulous "igloo" inspired desserts table, and I think the cute details she incorporated made the party really soft and delicate, showing just how versatile the theme can be for any child's winter birthday - Boy or Girl! Check out all the amazing details, and party styling tips from Mindy below...

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