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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.
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Easy Summer Appetizers


Easy Summer Appetizers
Easy Summer Appetizers - quick, easy to make and inexpensive  appetizer recipes and ideas for a low-key, seasonal party or celebration at home!

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! 


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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! 

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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˜‰

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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!

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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!

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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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Gluten Free Brownie Cookies

Gluten Free Brownie Cookies

Christmas is when I bake the most. Every weekend, it's a new cookie recipe I like to try. And these days, I find myself reaching for my gluten free brownie cookies over and over again!  These brownie cookies are fudgy in the center and slightly crisp on the edges. They pack a huge chocolate flavor and have that umami note that make it my (and my family's) favorite cookies EVER! I love brownies. And cookies. So the idea of combining both brownies AND cookies into an easy-to-make recipe, is for me, the embodiment of Holiday baking πŸ˜‰ 

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Stained Glass Cookies Recipe with Caramel

Stained Glass Cookies Recipe with Caramel

I recently saw a recipe for stained glass cookies made with hard candy or boiled sweets. They looked so pretty, but because I'm not a huge fan of those candies, I decided to make my own stained glass Christmas cookies using hard caramels instead.  I chose regular-flavor hard caramels, as well as coffee and lemon flavored ones for a more "grown-up" twist on this recipe. The result is a less transparent cookie for the opaque caramel, but that tastes infinitely better in my opinion! πŸ˜‰ 

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Homemade Lime Marmalade Recipe & Printable Gift Tags

Homemade Lime Marmalade Recipe & Printable Gift Tags

This year, I decided to scale things down a bit. Therefore, I will spend less time scouring the shops to buy gifts, in favor of handmade or homemade presents. Not only this is infinitely less stressful, but it give me much more pleasure to make something by hand, helps me pass the time, and is far better for my wallet too! πŸ˜‰ Hence this delicious, handmade (or homemade) lime marmalade , which is perfect to include in Holiday food hampers, to give to neighbors, as Christmas stocking fillers, or to add to your festive cheese boards at home!

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Bakewell Tart Recipe with Store Cupboard Ingredients

Bakewell Tart Recipe with Store Cupboard Ingredients

Fall rhymes with pies and tarts, am I right? All that wonderful, seasonal produce is just begging to be included in the most comforting recipes. But to be honest, I don't always have those pretty farmer's market fresh fruit and veg to hand when I fancy a slice of pie (or tart). So this is where my  Bakewell Tart recipe comes in SO handy! This tart recipe uses all store cupboard (shop bought) ingredients, is super easy to make and comes together in a flash!

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Oreo Cake Recipe

Oreo Cake Recipe

Fall temps call for comfort food, am I right? Hence this decadent Oreo cake!  This chocolate Oreo layer cake is my daughter's all-time favorite cake and she requests it for every birthday, which I'm more than glad to oblige since it's oh-so delicious and super fun to make!  If you like chocolate and Oreos (like us), than you really can't go wrong with this chocolate layer cake with Oreo buttercream and a chocolate ganache drip to finish things off! YUM!

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Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

Now that school has started, I find myself making this gluten-free banana bread in batches on the weekend, and serving it up for breakfast, snack and dessert throughout the week! This is such a quick and easy recipe to make, not to mention that it's also gluten free (my husband is gluten intolerant) and is super nutritious too! I like to serve it with fresh fruit, yogurt or cream cheese, and a drizzle of honey for a wholesome start to our day. But in all honesty, this banana bread is pretty tasty on its own, and needs nothing else. Apart from maybe a cup of coffee on the side? πŸ˜‰

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Tropical Savory Rice Recipe

Tropical Savory Rice Recipe

I know summer is nearly over, but fear not! With this t ropical, savory rice dish you're sure to keep those summer vibes going a little while longer! πŸ˜‰ Plus, it makes a great lunch or bento box addition! This tropical rice dish is something we serve quite a lot in summer, as it pairs beautifully with barbecued or grilled meats. But it's also a great dish on its own with a side salad, if you don't fancy firing up the grill!

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Two Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Mousse Made From Aquafaba

Two Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Mousse Made From Aquafaba

If you follow me on Instagram , you'd have probably seen this vegan chocolate mousse made on countless occasions in my stories. It's become my go-to recipe for chocolate mousse! Not only is this chocolate mousse SO quick and easy to make, but it's also vegan, tastes delicious and only requires TWO ingredients! One of the the ingredients is called Aquafaba, which is basically the liquid from a can of chickpeas. But before you turn you nose up at it, wait! 

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Hibiscus Iced Tea Recipe

Hibiscus Iced Tea Recipe

Ever since making my Hibiscus Margarita , I've been obsessing over new ways to include Hibiscus in other recipes. I know that iced tea is not necessarily a groundbreaking recipe to use hibiscus in, but since summer's here, I'm sharing another tasty beverage that you can whip up in no time to refresh your taste buds! This hibiscus iced tea is also super pretty, and the ideal drink to serve to the whole family at your 4th of July celebrations!

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A Seaside Inspired Tablescape and 3 BBQ Recipes

A Seaside Inspired Tablescape and 3 BBQ Recipes

Summer rhymes with BBQ and eating outdoors, so we've been cooking most of our evening meals on the BBQ this summer. It's a bliss not to have the oven on inside the house, and somehow, food just tastes so much better al-fresco, don't you think? So a few weeks ago, we decide on a baked version of the classic shrimp boil. But because it's cooked on a sheet pan on the barbecue...we called it BBQ shrimp. 

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Passion Fruit Lemonade

Passion Fruit Lemonade

Hi friends, hope you're enjoying the warmer temps wherever you are! As soon as the sun hits, I find myself making refreshing fruity drinks at home, like this pretty and delicious passion fruit lemonade! This recipe is a new take on my Brazilian limeade that I shared here on the blog a while back. But this lemonade is made with lemons (not limes) and tangy, sweet passion fruit for an exotic vibe!

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