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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, NestlΓ©, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few.
Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts
How To Make Hot Cocoa Bombs for Christmas

How To Make Hot Cocoa Bombs for Christmas

This post is the bomb. Literally! Sorry, couldn't help myself, it's all the Christmas spirit! 😁 Anyways, today I'm showing you how to make hot cocoa chocolate bombs, from scratch, at home, in a super easy and fun way! These hot cocoa bombs are perfect for adding a little fun to your hot chocolate station, Christmas movie marathon or simply wrap them up to give to someone you love!

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and if you need some quick and easy dessert ideas then this post is for you! I've rounded up my go-to, last-minute, affordable and easy desserts recipes that also have the wow factor without much effort at all! These desserts can be made in advance or at the very last-minute, so be sure to stock up on a few essential ingredients so you can whip them up for any impromptu gathering over the holiday season!

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball Appetizer

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball Appetizer

Thanksgiving is nearly here (how did that happen?), and so I find myself dreaming up pumpkin-themed crafts, recipes and dΓ©cor. Are you the same? 😁 Hence, this pumpkin-shaped cheese ball appetizer that looks so fun, tastes SO yummy, but was a doddle to make!  I love a  tasty grazing board or charcuterie platter for entertaining, so for each season I try to re-invent the classic cheese board spread to bring a little fun to my party tables!

Halloween Jack O' Lantern Hand Pies

Halloween Jack O' Lantern Hand Pies

I love all the themed Halloween treats around, but my priority these days is to make something delicious but that's also easy and that I can whip up with store-cupboard ingredients if possible πŸ˜‰ Hence these adorable Halloween Jack O' Lantern hand pies! These yummy pies are not only super fun to look at, but they're also very tasty indeed, only require 2 ingredients, and you can whip up a batch in a jiffy!

Pumpkin Spice Brazilian Brigadeiro Truffles

Pumpkin Spice Brazilian Brigadeiro Truffles

'Tis the season of pumpkins so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make one of my favorite desserts -  pumpkin spice Brazilian Brigadeiro, aka pumpkin spice truffles! These little sweet bites not only look quite adorable, but they're also SO incredibly tasty, made with condensed milk and all the comforting flavors of Fall! YUM! If you like pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice anything, then you'll love these! In fact, these make a great alternative to your more traditional Fall or Halloween pumpkin desserts. Plus, they'll look just as yummy on a Thanksgiving desserts platter too, so be sure to pin it for later! πŸ˜‰

Feta Cheese and Sweet Potato Filo Pastry Samosa Appetizers

Feta Cheese and Sweet Potato Filo Pastry Samosa Appetizers

Fall is the season for pies, so I thought I'd share these tasty, savory feta cheese and sweet potato samosas or hand-pies, which are the perfect appetizer and ideal for entertaining! My husband cooks most of the time at our house, so this recipe is originally his, but using spinach instead of sweet potato, 'cause he's not a fan 😲 But because he had forgotten to buy the spinach, I snatched his ingredients to make these delicious feta cheese and sweet potato appetizers, because my kids and I LOVE sweet potatoes!

Fig, Prosciutto Ham and Feta Cheese Pizza

Fig, Prosciutto Ham and Feta Cheese Pizza

Fig season is upon us, and I couldn't pass up the chance to create a delicious recipe using the figs from my garden. Hence this Fig, Prosciutto ham and Feta cheese pizza ! We've had our fig tree for about 5 years  now. Last year, the fruits were attacked by bugs before we could enjoy them, so I'm mega happy to be able to harvest anything we can this year. These figs are juicy, plump and super sweet, and although beautiful to eat as is; I decided to add them to a sweet and savory pizza alongside some delicious Prosciutto ham and Feta cheese.

Cantaloupe Melon Lemonade

Cantaloupe Melon Lemonade

Now that summer's ending, this is the perfect recipe to make the most of those Cantaloupe melons which are still abundantly available, but not quite at their best.  A few summers ago, my husband successfully grew cantaloupe melons from seed in our garden, and it's become one of favorite summer fruits! This year we have added it to salads, smoothies, fruit salads...and now, this delicious and refreshing melon lemonade!

No-Churn Tres Leches Ice Cream

No-Churn Tres Leches Ice Cream

This summer I've been making a lot of treats as you can probably tell from aaaall the recipe posts I've been sharing here on the blog πŸ˜‹ And this tres leches (three milks) ice cream has become my go-to, easy treat to serve on its own or to accompany any dessert (think pies, cakes, fruit salad etc.). This milky and creamy ice cream recipe only requires 3 ingredients, which you probably already have at home, and NO ice cream machine in sight! πŸ‘

Mango and Yogurt Popsicles

Mango and Yogurt Popsicles

Ever since I've shared my yummy   strawberries and cream popsicles here on the blog, I've been asked if I can replace the cream with yogurt. So I decided to do just that, and have used Greek Yogurt instead of cream for a lighter, healthier take on these summer treats! Well, I didn't use any strawberries but mango puree instead. You can in fact use any seasonal fruit to make popsicles or frozen lollipops.

Summer Berries Cheesecake Bars

Summer Berries Cheesecake Bars

This recipe came about by accident, sort of. I was looking for a recipe online that I could make to use up all the blackberries I have growing in my garden. Eventually I found a simple enough cheesecake recipe and bought all the ingredients to make it, but on the day I decided to make it, the blackberries were not ripe yet! So, I swapped the blackberries for frozen summer berries (which I always have in the freezer), and it was a hit!

Flowerpot Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sugar Paste Flowers

Flowerpot Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sugar Paste Flowers

Since we've been sharing some wedding ideas in the last couple of weeks, I thought I'd post these flower pot cupcakes, since they'd be perfect for any wedding or bridal shower you may be planning! My go-to chocolate chip cupcakes are baked directly in small clay pots, then topped with a simple buttercream tinted green to give the illusion  of grass, and crowned with handmade sugar paste edible flowers!

Easy Dinosaur Birthday Cake

Easy Dinosaur Birthday Cake

Hi friends! I've recently I worked with one of my favorite brands to create some dinosaur themed desserts for a recent photo shoot, which included this fun dinosaur shaped cake . So naturally, I had to share it with you guys!  This dinosaur cake was SO easy to make and is perfect for  a low-key birthday party at home, a fun school event or a 1st birthday smash cake! 😁 I used a dinosaur-shaped flexible cake pan, which made the whole process super easy and fun too!

Easy Summer Appetizers

Easy Summer Appetizers

With the good temps arriving, entertaining at home seems to be on the horizon again, and we're thrilled! But this summer, I'm aiming for more low-key, relaxed kind of celebrations and savoring aaaaall the season has to offer in a simple and effortless way. Whos' with me? Exit all the hours spent prepping and cooking, in favor of a more "organic" way of hosting!  Photo credit above:  Greek Salad Skewers from Little Broken

No-Bake Key Lime Pie Recipe with a Biscoff Cookie Base

No-Bake Key Lime Pie Recipe with a Biscoff Cookie Base

Summer is nearly upon us, and this no-bake key lime pie is the answer to all your dessert needs!  This key lime pie recipe is SO easy and quick to make, requires NO baking and only requires 5 ingredients! I've made this key lime pie also as parfaits or individual cups, which works just as well and is super practical , not to mention dainty, to serve at any family gathering or any event you may be hosting this season! 

Rainbow Grazing Board for Saint Patrick's Day

Rainbow Grazing Board for Saint Patrick's Day

Have you ever made a grazing board? It's one of my favorite ways to serve a NO-cook, fun and interactive meal to my family, whatever the occasion or celebration! You have probably seen the cheese and charcuterie board I did last month for Valentine's Day , so this month I thought I'd  create a fun rainbow colored grazing board, which would be perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day at home! This grazing board looks SO pretty and is packed with all sorts of yummy fruits and vegetables, making it super healthy too! πŸ˜‰

Carrot Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easter is fast approaching, and if you bake nothign else this year, then bake this delicious carrot cake! This carrot cake is packed with delicious ingredients, and has a super moist crumb. Not to mention the mega easy, silky smooth cream cheese frosting on top! The frosting is made with condensed milk instead of powdered sugar, and is my favorite frosting by far!

Gluten Free Banana and Oatmeal Pancakes

Gluten Free Banana and Oatmeal Pancakes

Do you celebrate with pancakes day on Mardi Gras? It's tradition in our house, and this year I'll be making my kids favorites - banana and oatmeal pancakes for pancake day! πŸ₯° These healthier pancakes have become a staple at our house, and we cook them for breakfast often. They're like a healthy bowl of oatmeal, but in pancake form, which pleases the whole family! Plus, they're SO easy to make in a blender, and quite inexpensive too!

Valentine's Day Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Valentine's Day Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Grazing boards are still as popular as ever!  I've seen (and made myself) quite a few variations on the classic cheese and charcuterie boards - I've made  vegetables grazing boards , chocolate grazing boards , brunch boards , and even a Taco Board ! But the classic, savory cheese and charcuterie is what my family likes best. So for this Valentine's Day, I lovingly put together a "pretty in pink " (and red 😁) cheese and charcuterie board filled with yummy treats to celebrate love day at home!

Game Day Favorite Recipes, DIY Decor & FREE Football Printables

Game Day Favorite Recipes, DIY Decor & FREE Football Printables

This post is sponsored by the Game Day Favorites promotion at Publix. The opinions and text are all mine. If you ask me, there's no better way to celebrate the end of football season than with a delicious spread on game day! This year, our celebrations may look a little different, but that doesn't mean we can't still craft the perfect game-day experience at home with delicious treats and snacks for the whole family! So, today I'm sharing with you a couple of  t asty, quick and easy recipes AND some fun FREE printables for your game-day party at home!

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