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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. 

How to Make Your Own Wedding Cake


How to Make Your Own Wedding Cake
How to Make Your Own Wedding Cake - BirdsParty.com

I'm no professional baker, so the thought of making a DIY wedding cake for my latest project for HGTV was a little daunting. But then I realized that with anything homemade, the beauty is in the "journey" as much as in the final product. 

So I went with a less is more approach. Basic pound cake, simply frosted with vanilla cream cheese frosting (thanks to all the masterclasses in Caking it Pretty!). 

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Giveaway | $100 Party Shopping Spree at Classic Hostess

Giveaway | $100 Party Shopping Spree at Classic Hostess

This giveaway is now closed! I've been having a long-term love affair with cake stands and drinks dispensers. To the point of obsession. And I know I'm not alone. Yes, you know who you are! ;) So imagine my giddiness when Classic Hostess decided to giveaway this awesome $100 shopping spree  here on the blog!!   From Rosanna cake stands, to cake domes, amazing  beverage dispensers  to suit any taste or occasion, and bar and glassware to wow your guests - their STUNNING products will have you swooning for sure!!  

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Free Printable Keep Calm It's a Baby Boy or Girl Posters

Free Printable Keep Calm It's a Baby Boy or Girl Posters

In honor of the little British prince, I designed these Keep Calm signs - one for BOY and one for GIRL. Because all babies are princes or princesses in their mommy's eyes! ♥ They'd be perfect signage for a baby shower, gender reveal party or even as decor in the nursery! You can print them on white card-stock and frame them, or on fabric transfer paper to make your own bespoke t-shirts. How regal is that?! :)

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How to Style a Baking Party for Boys & Girls

How to Style a Baking Party for Boys & Girls

Baking parties are not just for girls! My son LOVES to bake with me, and he was the inspiration behind our NEW Baking Party Printables! Styling a memorable birthday party or summer play date for your kids can mean a great deal of preparation. So we've put together a few easy and quick tips and ideas to helping you pull off a fun, creative and unique Cupcake Decorating Party – perfect for boys or girls of any age!

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Unexpected Party Ideas using Mason Jars

Unexpected Party Ideas using Mason Jars

Click here to see more party ideas using mason jars Okay, so Pinterest is inundated with ideas on how to re-purpose mason jars. But we've all seen them used in the popular cupcakes in a jar, drinks containers, or utensils holders. So how else can we use Mason jars in our parties? Take a peek below for my FOUR favorite ideas..

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DIY Pink Candles and Glitter Candle Holders

DIY Pink Candles and Glitter Candle Holders

I recently worked on another super fun shoot for HGTV (hope to share details soon!) and had some leftover materials and a burst of inspiration (not to mention a bunch of glass yogurt pots I had been collection for yonks...). This is how these pink, glittered, candle cuties came to be. They'd be perfect for those lazy summer evenings - Imagine how they'd flicker and glisten on your tabletops or patios. Pretty picture, right?!  :) Super easy to make too (I used melt and pour wax!). Get the full crafty tutorial below.

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Party of  4 | Unexpected Party Ideas Using Balloons

Party of 4 | Unexpected Party Ideas Using Balloons

Click here for more party ideas using balloons. Let's talk Balloons. The latex kind. Kinda of appropriate seen as we're celebrating - we've reached over 40,0000 fans on Facebook over the weekend!! How mad is that?! Can't help but feel very grateful for the love and support you guys give us!! ( And to say thanks, we're having a celebratory sale: 40% OFF any order - Scroll down to get details and your discount code ). Balloons are so festive and the perfect candidates for today's NEW blog series - Party of 4, where I'll be sharing.......you guessed it!  FOUR unexpected and totally FAB party ideas based on a particular  party prop.

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Summer Party Ideas | Strawberry Desserts Table

Summer Party Ideas | Strawberry Desserts Table

I styled this mini desserts table for the July/August edition of the French national magazine, Créative . And when choosing a theme, strawberries just seemed the perfect match for a seasonal and super sweet table! Needless to say, I LOVED styling it - not only did I get to design and shoot a brand new printable party theme in another language, but I also got to play with fondant. A lot! And fondant is kinda like modelling clay for grown ups ;) Another fun aspect is that I had baked all the desserts myself (yes, that is fun for me..), from the cookies to the marshmallow pops, the strawberry cookies, cake and cupcakes !! (scroll down to see the recipe links).

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Red, White & Fabulous 4th of July Party Ideas

Red, White & Fabulous 4th of July Party Ideas

Click here to see loads more 4th of July Party Ideas! If you're still looking for those very last minute ideas, then I've put together a little inspiration that might help - All the ideas are super easy and quick to make so you still have time to get busy-ish (scout's honor) and sure to wow your family and friends. No one needs to know it was easy, right?! ;)

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An Elegant Blue Under The Sea Party

An Elegant Blue Under The Sea Party

I do have to apologize, but my brain is really into anything "Under The Sea" at the moment. It's totally Crissy's fault, for sparking the madness with her GORGEOUS magical Under The Sea party we showed you last week ! So I couldn't help myself when it came to choosing a party to feature form last month's link party. Besides, this blue-hued 12th birthday party from Events Inspired by Love   really caught my eye, and I LOVE all the cute and yet very elegant details.

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Stars & Stripes 4th of July Party Ideas

Stars & Stripes 4th of July Party Ideas

I know most of you will have your parties prepped and ready for the 4th of July, but I also know there's always a little procrastinator (like me) searching for last minute ideas, so this one is for you! ;) Head over to Prime Living Magazine   to check out the STUNNING 4th of July Party from our Mindy - Creative Juice , which has some super incredibly fab, but also really easy recipe ideas!!

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How To Make a DIY Watercolor Cake

How To Make a DIY Watercolor Cake

Nearly a decade ago, I (Tess) enrolled in a watercolor class during summer school at my university. I've always considered myself to be a fairly crafty and artistic person, but let me tell you - watercolor painting is HARD! Making simple designs and blending colors was fun and sort of relaxing, but the detail and artistry that my instructor and some of my fellow classmates used was phenomenal. Needless to say, I knew I was not going to improve all that much in just a short amount of time. However, I definitely left inspired and with a tremendous amount of respect for those that could create beautiful imagery with only a few tools.

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