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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. 

Giveaway | Win a Personalized Children's Book


Giveaway | Win a Personalized Children's Book
Giveaway | Win a Personalized Children's Book

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If you follow this blog, then it will come to surprise to you that I ♥ I See Me! products. Their personalized books, place mats, coloring books etc, are a joy to use and read, are beautifully illustrated and best of all, totally custom and personalized! 

So I am beyond delighted to have been asked by I See Me! as one of the bloggers selected this year to share their opinions and voices on their blog. In fact, you can check out my latest post for them on How To Put Together a Last Minute Birthday Party.
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Kids Summer Birthday Party Ideas

Kids Summer Birthday Party Ideas

I love working on editorials for printed press. There's nothing like seeing one's work in print. I think the smell of the pages also has a part to play in it. Yes, I unashamedly 'sniff' my work! :D Anyways, you can imagine my delight when the editors of Rio Grande and Red River Family Magazine got in touch for another collaborative work for their July issue. We had worked together before, but this time they were going to feature three of our parties! Woo-Hoo! Both mag are printed and also available for you to read online. Check out all the details below:

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Giveaway | $100 Gift Card Swimwear Shopping Spree

Giveaway | $100 Gift Card Swimwear Shopping Spree

This giveaway is now closed! I know you're gonna like this post. Not only because you can win some fab stuff, but because I've tried and tested Albion products and am totally besotted! If you follow me on  Instagram  you'll have seen the GORGEOUS swimwear I received from Albion, and I can tell you it's one of the best fitting and good-looking piece I've ever had!  And for this giveaway, YOU will have the chance to win a fabulous $100 Gift Card to spend on anything you like over at AlbionFit - whose mission is to provide women with the most luxurious, flattering, and hassle-free fitness, swim, and leisure apparel on the market!

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A Gluten Free Cupcake Baking Birthday Party

A Gluten Free Cupcake Baking Birthday Party

So excited to finally share with you the fabulous Gluten Free Cupcake Baking Party from our contributor Gillian ! Not only it's full of inspiring party ideas, but Gillian also use the designs from our Cupcake Baking printables  to create the large sprinkles table backdrop !  How cool is that?! I simply designed them in a resolution high enough so Gillian could take it to a printing shop to get it enlarged! Fun, right?! Imagine the possibilities! ;) Check out all the stunning party photos and details below as told by Gillian:

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DIY Marshmallow Strawberry Shaped Pops

DIY Marshmallow Strawberry Shaped Pops

Okay, so "strawberry shaped" is not quite the correct description. They are marshmallow-y shaped. But that wouldn't say much as a post title, right?! Plus, they do look like strawberries, so we're all good. I often say that  laziness  necessity is the mother of all invention. And these marshmallows pops are a prime example: Take one party-mad 'bird' who absolutely has to have strawberry cake pops on her deserts table, but who also cannot be asked to bake nor make them from scratch. Then enters the humble strawberry-flavored marshmallow and a light-bulb  "I wonder if that works" moment, and there you have it! Strawberry Pops but without the fuss.

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Trio of DIY Nautical Cakes Using Sugar Paste Fondant

Trio of DIY Nautical Cakes Using Sugar Paste Fondant

We 're starting the week on a super sweet note, and giving you not one, but THREE nautical cake decorating ideas using sugar paste fondant - courtesy of our resident cake designer extraordinaire,  Tessa Lindow Huff .  Tessa created a trio of cakes for issue 8 of Birds' Party Magazine , based on our Nautical Party Printables, and any (or all three) would be a perfect focal point to your nautical desserts table - Plus they are so easy to decorate too, which is always a bonus in my book! Check out Tessa's step-by-step below:

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Father's Day Handmade Gift, Card and Food Ideas

Father's Day Handmade Gift, Card and Food Ideas

Click here for more Father's Day Ideas. Personally, I think father's day gifts should homemade or DIY whenever possible. Be it edible, decorative or otherwise, I think it adds to the charm, meaningfulness and uniqueness of the thought.  But just because you're making it, doesn't mean it has to take long or be complicated! So I've put together a board of my fave DIY gift, card and food ideas that I think you will enjoy making (yes, there's still time!) and that dad will love to receive! Check out links below:

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DIY Photo Cube Gift for Father's Day

DIY Photo Cube Gift for Father's Day

Remember this CD candle holder I posted here? Well, I thought the same idea would make for a super fun, mega quick craft. And hence the perfect  last minute father's day gift! But instead of a candle holder (not sure dads are into scented candles much...), I made a personalized photo cube that dad can use to store all his bits and bobs, or display proudly on his desk or bed-side table! What's not to like? It's handmade with love, super quick to make, involves up-cycling unwanted items (so it's also inexpensive), and oozes bespoke charm?! ;)

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Free Printable Happy Father's Day 3D Card

Free Printable Happy Father's Day 3D Card

If you're not the crafty type, fear not. This quick and easy   3-D printable Father's Day Card was designed with kids in mind - So all you need are some basic tools (and let your inner child loose...)  to be able to create a bespoke card for dad! ;) And the bonus is that these FREE printable cards were designed to match the cheerful  Father's Day theme we have going all this week!

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DIY Strawberry Shaped Decorated Cookies

DIY Strawberry Shaped Decorated Cookies

Before we get with the tutorial, let me come clean with you. Cookie decorating is not my forte. In fact, I'm slightly scared of them. There, I've said it! Yes, sugar cookies decorated with royal icing scare the heck out of me! No, and I don't have some weird phobia about cookies...it's just that I am not patient at all, and think there are sooooo many steps to decorating cookies that I get bored and don't even bother.  I prefer to oooh and aaaah other people's creations, and so for my parties I often seek the help of the amazing professionals out there.

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Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar Recipe

Today I'm joining Kim from The Celebration Shoppe to feature one of our fave parties/party ideas from last month's joint linky - So when you're done here, hope over to Kim's blog to check out her featured fave! ;) There were so many gorgeous party ideas linked up, and picking just one was reeeeeally hard!! But since we're all about strawberries this week here on the blog, I decided to feature a strawberry-flavored party idea by Mariah from  Giggles Galore  -  Strawberry Shortcake in a  Jar!

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Strawberry Cupcakes & DIY Fondant Strawberry Toppers

Strawberry Cupcakes & DIY Fondant Strawberry Toppers

I made these cuties for a mini strawberry themed desserts table I styled recently. And since it's strawberry season (even if the sun refuses to come out...), I'll be sharing my strawberry themed party recipes with you all this week in the hope to kick start the summer good and proper!! Anyways, it all turned out pretty yummy and cute too, don't you think? So it's good to know that if I can, you most certainly can too! ;)

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4th of July Free and Funky Printables
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4th of July Free and Funky Printables

To quote a dear friend, " Patriotism comes in many forms and colors..." And in this spirit, I joined The Purple Pug to create these colorful and funky  FREE 4th of July printables , mixed in with the more traditional Red, White and Blue!  She made the fireworks banner (complete with glitter bling!), and I re-worked the colors of the 4th of July Printable Bottles Wrappers  to match her awesome palette! It's fresh, unexpected, " dazzling party drama " and totally FREE for your to download and enjoy - on July 4th or any day of the year for that matter! ;)

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