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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. 

30+ Delicious and Portable Picnic Recipes


30+ Delicious and Portable Picnic Recipes
30+ Delicious and Portable Picnic Recipes  - via BirdsParty.com

There's nothing better I like to do in summer than to have a great picnic! Whether by the seaside, local park or woodlands...sometimes even in our own backyard! All that matters is eating outdoors and enjoying the fresh air and warmth of the season. It truly means summer has arrived!

But cooking a picnic-worthy spread is also part of the fun - Thinking up little funky seasonal dishes, delicious morsels and yummy sweet treats that will wow the family! It's also a great excuse to get the kids involved in the preparation, and make it a truly enjoyable experience from beginning to end.

So with the help I've been looking for inspiration to update my repertoire. With over 30 yummy and portable picnic recipes, I've collected refreshing drinks, picnic-pies, seasonal salads, funky pickles, gourmet sandwich ideas and loads more; to help inspire your Picnic season too! YUM!!

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Brazilian Brigadeiro Chocolate Fudge Spoons Recipe

Brazilian Brigadeiro Chocolate Fudge Spoons Recipe

These easy treats are perfect on any dessert table, but they also make fun party favors too!  The idea comes from Brazil, and the popular chocolate fudge called Brigadeiro . Traditionally, Brigadeiro are rolled little balls of chocolate fudge (much like a chocolate truffle), but using spoons in this way, not only makes it even cuter to serve, but also super easy and quick to make too. 

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4th of July Free Party Printables Tags

4th of July Free Party Printables Tags

Since we're still in world cup mode 'round here, and because 4th of July is around the corner; I thought it would be really cool to take a Brazilian recipe and give it a USA twist. So I came up with  red, white and blue  themed  Brigadeiro Spoons  (recipe coming soon) - the perfect sweet treat to watch those football / soccer matches, or to display on your July 4th dessert tables.   These yummy spoons make really cute party favors too, just wrap them in a clear bag and add a   FREE printable 4th of July tag - Being sent out all this month to our Email subscribers ( click here to subscribe and you'll get it in tomorrow's email ).

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Brazilian Appetizer Coxinha de Galinha Recipe

Brazilian Appetizer Coxinha de Galinha Recipe

Onward with our Wold Cup Party ideas, today I'm sharing another of my fave Brazilian recipes: Coxinha de Galinha . Coxinha come from the name for 'little thigh' in Portuguese, because these little morsels look just like...well, little chicken thighs. They are really popular, and present in most Brazilian parties and celebration buffets, so we couldn't have a Brazilian inspired World Cup party without them. Even Nigella has her own recipe for these! 

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Nutella S'more Pie Pops Recipe

Nutella S'more Pie Pops Recipe

Any dessert becomes instantly more appealing when it comes in a  "pop" portable version, don't you think?  We all know and love the good ol' S'mores, and with outdoor season is truly upon us; these Nutella S'more Pie Pops will sure to dazzle at your al fresco desserts tables, camping party or summer soirees!

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Brazilian Pineapple & Coconut Batida Cocktail Recipe

Brazilian Pineapple & Coconut Batida Cocktail Recipe

Did you watch the World Cup opening match yesterday? Nail biting, right?  Well, with a few days of match-watching, celebrating and cheering for our favorite soccer / football teams; there's nothing better to get in the tropical spirit of things than with a  refreshing Brazilian drink! We all know and love the Caipirinhas ( try this cool twist ) , but have you heard about another popular cocktail called ' Batida '? The name literally means 'beaten' and derives from the fact that all the ingredients are well; beaten or blitzed in a  blender. Now, you can't get easier than that for a cocktail, right?! :)

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Gluten-Free Brazilian Appetizer Pão de Queijo Recipe

Gluten-Free Brazilian Appetizer Pão de Queijo Recipe

The football or soccer World Cup kicks off tomorrow, and what better way to celebrate, party and watch the games then with some traditional Brazilian recipes, snacks and appetizers ?!  They'd be cool for February's Mardi Gras or Carnaval also. These little pão de queijo (little cheese breads rolls) are typically served at breakfast or at afternoon snack, but these bite-sized morsels are also perfect appetizer to accompany a nice cold beer!! Tried and tested ;)

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Soccer Football Birthday Party Desserts Table & Printables

Soccer Football Birthday Party Desserts Table & Printables

My son is football ( soccer ) mad, so he was beyond giddy to see me style this party for Bird's Party Magazine ! And I must say, for a bird who likes pink, I really was surprised how much I enjoyed it too! So today I'm sharing all the photos and details to help you re-create the party look and desserts table at home. Oh, and I've also added a World Cup party page to the shop, including the favor bags, candy tubes, twine and paper lanterns etc used in this party; to help you style with ease and find all the essentials for celebrating your favorite world cup goals!! ;)

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DIY Funky Football Soccer Candy Display

DIY Funky Football Soccer Candy Display

I'm not usually a huge fan of football (soccer) but something about the World Cup that just makes me wanna watch, party and cheer. We've always held world cup match watching celebrations in our family since I was a child, so I guess it's tradition now. Especially since this year it's been held in Brazil!! Talk about fun overload, right?! :) So all this week I'll be sharing some creative party ideas inspired by the beautiful game, and its   world cup host country!! So you can expect a touch of samba, a pinch of folia and lots of fun on the 'menu'! ;)

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My Book | Les Party Printables Ideas & DIY

My Book | Les Party Printables Ideas & DIY

So beyond excited (and a tad relieved), to be able to share this news! Been keeping this under wraps since last summer when I got signed to write the book .  The day I received the news, it didn't quite sink in. And all the months that followed. Not until I actually had the printed book in my hands earlier this month, so it's kinda cool that I waited. It feels more real now! :)

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Free Father's Day Party Printables

Free Father's Day Party Printables

Last week I asked our Facebook and Instagram friends to share what kind of printables they'd like me to design for Father's Day, and POP bottle wrappers and argyle pattern were the winners! :) As always, these free printables are  available in the footer of our blog subscriber emails that you'll get in your inbox - If you're not subscribed yet, make sure to do so HERE and you'll get it in tomorrow's email.

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