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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 | Party Candy & Sweet Bar Shopping Spree


Giveaway | Party Candy & Sweet Bar Shopping Spree
Giveaway | Party Candy & Sweet Bar Shopping Spree
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Hey candy lovers, exciting news from Candy Galaxy !  The best place to buy candy on the net just got a little sweeter.  Candy Galaxy is proud to announce that it's brand new website has launched today, and they're celebrating by giving one of our readers a fabulous $75 Gift Card !!
Yes, it's Christmas come early when you can spend $75 on candy!! ;)

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Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers & Cocktails

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers & Cocktails

We're epicureans in our home, and food takes center stage at any of our shindigs. But this year, I'm being a little more sensible. At least when it comes to the party appetizers. Don't get me wrong, I love a good ol' stuff-a-thon, but if you count all the grub that will be gobbled from now until end of the year... Anyways, I've been scouring the web for delicious, unique and above all  healthy party appetizers that are great for all the family. These yummy ideas are also super   simple and quick , and therefore perfect for rustling up at the last minute!

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15 Gorgeous Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

15 Gorgeous Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Loving the simple/rustic feel of this table. I could spend the whole day (literally) looking on Pinterest for inspiration on tablescapes . I love seeing people's interpretations of a theme, holiday or event. The basics remain the same (table, plates, centerpieces, napkins...) but the creative flair and imagination comes from each carefully thought-out detail. So you don't have to spend ages looking, I've selected some of my favorite tables here. But I'm not gonna lie. Some of these are beyond fabulous and detailed that I don't think we can recreate the looks at the very last minute. But creativity is not about copying, it's about being inspired! So I hope you can take away some of the elements in these wonderful tablescapes, and find you own personal style for Thanksgiving! :)

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Christmas Party Decor Ideas from the Paris Craft Show

Christmas Party Decor Ideas from the Paris Craft Show

Follow me on Instagram to see all the behind the scenes Finally managed to sort through the gazillion shots, and selected the best to show ya!  I love Paris, but unfortunately did not have much time to sight see on this occasion (apart from  quick snap of the Eiffel Tower in my taxi on the way to the show). It was a crazy, whirlwind week and work was the main reason of my trip,  promoting the magazine !!  

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Cricut Black Friday Deal & Exclusive Party Code

Cricut Black Friday Deal & Exclusive Party Code

This promotion is closed! Hey crafty friends, bringing you more fabulous deals this Black Friday!! We've teamed up with Cricut®  to bring you this AWESOME  Holiday Bundle Deal !! The deal includes: one Cricut Expression® 2 machine + the Merry and Bright digital cartridge + a roll of red iron-on + a roll of silver glitter iron-on + Each Cricut Expression® 2 comes with 2 cartridges already loaded on your machine !  

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DIY Party Backdrops Ideas with Posters

DIY Party Backdrops Ideas with Posters

Backdrops play a huge part in helping bring a party theme together. Stylist are always on a lookout for unique materials and ideas to help jazz up our walls - be it for a table backdrop, for a photo booth or even as table covers! Wall murals, papers and canvases are some of my personal faves. The choice of designs you can find is incredible (think Disney images, graffiti art or any funky pattern you can imagine!), and a company like Photowall even lets you upload your own photos to create custom wall papers and canvases, which makes for a super cool not to mention unique party decor!

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DIY Cotton Reel Place-Card Holders

DIY Cotton Reel Place-Card Holders

In-keeping with yesterday's cute as button theme, I'm sharing how to make these super adorable cotton reel place-holder cards . They'd make fun photo holders too, don't you think? I used them for the Paris craft show (see on Instagram here)  last week, but you could totally change the thread to suit your occasion. I'm thinking raffia instead of the wool for Thanksgiving , or twine for a crafty party, or even lace or ribbon for a sewing themed bash or bridal shower! 

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DIY Fondant Buttons for Cupcake Toppers

DIY Fondant Buttons for Cupcake Toppers

Hey guys!! So glad to be back! It was a roller-coaster week full of fun and a super crazy work schedule, and despite my utter love for Paris (see on Instagram here) ; I could not wait to get back to my "normal" routine. Plus, I missed my babies too much!!! :) So while I wait to catch up with my humongous inbox, and edit some of the gazillion salon photos to show you, just wanted to share a quick tutorial I made for the cupcakes on display at our stand. These Cute as a Button Cupcakes would be perfect for so many party themes...think baby showers, tea party, sewing or craft party or even Lalaloopsy!

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Last Minute DIY Thanksgiving Party Favors

Last Minute DIY Thanksgiving Party Favors

If you're stuck for ideas on easy, last minute favors or little Thanksgiving treats, than this post is for you! I love to think of novel ways to use party printables. And if it involves chocolate in some way, than I'm a happy bird indeed! Here I used the bottle wrapper templates (yes, bottle wrappers) and re-purposed them to make cute  Thanksgiving Chocolate Bars.  Love it when a plan works out! ;)

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DIY Thanksgiving Party Favors with Free Printables

DIY Thanksgiving Party Favors with Free Printables

I'm all up for handmade party favors, but does not mean I want spend ages making them!  Gumball Party Tubes  are my salvation when deciding on a quick and easy gift, party favor (or even stocking filler!). Kids will also have fun making these for their friends and family members, so enlist the help of some little hands  - it will keep them entertained for a good...30 minutes! ;) 

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Salted Caramel Apple Favors & Recipe

Salted Caramel Apple Favors & Recipe

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and though I really wanted to style a full-on table for you this year, I've been up to my eyebrows in crafts for the Paris trip this week. So I got some of my fave party gals to help me come up with some cool ideas on how to use our FREE Thanksgiving printables  (limited time only!) in recipes, table styling and party favors. We're all posting today, and you'll find the links to the awesome tutorials on the bottom of the post. 

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Muscat & Tangerine Mulled Wine Recipe

Muscat & Tangerine Mulled Wine Recipe

I hate the cold, there I've said it. Yes, I do enjoy the end of year festivities and such like, but the cold? Not so keen. But as far I'm concerned, some of the season's upsides are the mandatory fluffy socks, woolly hats (that hide a multitude of hair sins...), fireside snuggling and of course, the good ol' hot toddy!! ;)  So over the years I've tried an array of flavors and, this sweet mulled wine is one of my faves! It's perfect for Thanksgiving too. I make it with Muscat wine and a dash of tangerine juice, which helps complement the citrus notes in the wine. 

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Beautiful Tablescapes Ideas & a Giveaway

Beautiful Tablescapes Ideas & a Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed! Even seasoned hostess need a little help in the inspiration department. So imagine my delight when I discovered esselle and their gorgeous hostess boxes?! I'm seriously swooning over their gold-glazed dinnerware pieces (perfect for end of year celebrations), and stunning vintage collection too! With so many parties to plan this time of year, esselle's hostess boxes and unique tabletop items will take away the effort out of entertaining, and you'll end up with a bespoke table that looks creative and super stylish! And today you'll will have the chance to win a $50 gift card to spend on anything you like at esselle's online store!

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The Marie Claire Paris Craft Show 2013

The Marie Claire Paris Craft Show 2013

Paris is just one of those cities that inspires and captures one's imagination. And what better way to spark those creative light bulbs while in ' the city of light' , than by attending the Marie Claire Craft Show ?!! :) I can't tell you how giddy I am to be taking part this year! But don't worry, I'll be reporting back to you with fun finds and eye candy galore to help fuel your imagination too. Make sure to  follow on Instagram for all the juicy details of my trip!! ;)

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