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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, Nestlรฉ, 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
Hibiscus Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Hibiscus Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Valentine's Day is 'round the corner, and if you need a delicious, easy to make and oh-so-pretty cocktail to serve at your party, or to your best gals, then this post is for you! I've been into hibiscus cocktails since last summer, as I just love the pretty colors and floral notes it gives to any drink. So naturally, I turned to hibiscus to add a touch of " je ne sais quoi " to my classic Margarita cocktail recipe!

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate + Peanut Butter Fudge Drink Stirrers

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate + Peanut Butter Fudge Drink Stirrers

This post is sponsored by the National Peanut Board . I received compensation, but all opinions and content are my own. When the weather turns colder, I reach for the hot chocolate. Are you the same? It's the perfect, comforting drink and one of the perks of winter for me! In fact, it's a tradition this time of year in our house to have a hot chocolate station set up with mugs, toppings and fun treats in our kitchen, ready for when the craving for a mug of hot cocoa hits. And this year, I've upped the ante on my go-to hot chocolate recipe, with peanut butter!

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Christmas Wreath Cheese Platter Appetizer

Christmas Wreath Cheese Platter Appetizer

Cheese boards and cheese platters have been trending now for a couple of years, and I'm not surprised. They're a no-bake, quick and easy to assemble appetizer that packs the wow factor for any party! For my Thanksgiving celebrations , you probably saw that   I served my cheese board with fruits and seasonal produce for a "harvest" bounty sort of feel.  But for my Christmas cheese platter, I wanted a simpler appetizer that was also very festive and even easier to assemble than my traditional, full-on cheese board.

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 dรฉcor. Are you the same? ๐Ÿ˜ 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!

Apple and Cinnamon Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Drip

Apple and Cinnamon Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Drip

As you probably noticed, this month we're celebrating all things apple.  And you there's no better way to celebrate anything than with cake, am I right?!  Apple and cinnamon together also embody everything "Fall" for me, and is one of my favorite flavor combinations ever! Add salted caramel to the mix...and you have me hooked. For life. So today I'm sharing with you my latest layer cake creation, which consists of a delicious, fluffy apple and cinnamon sponge cake filled with a gorgeous apple and cinnamon pie filling, frosted with a creamy cinnamon frosting, and topped off with a to-die-for salted caramel drip . You're welcome! ๐Ÿ˜

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Halloween Chocolate Orange Layer Cake with Meringue Ghosts ๐Ÿ‘ป

Halloween Chocolate Orange Layer Cake with Meringue Ghosts ๐Ÿ‘ป

Today's post is a Halloween chocolate and orange cake, with a chocolate orange buttercream, a chocolate drip and sweet meringue ghosts to add extra spookiness to the ensemble! Talk about spook-tacular, right?! ๐Ÿ‘ป This cake combines some of the trendiest techniques out there for decorating layer cakes, like stripes and drips, and the chocolate orange flavor is a combo made in Halloween heaven. Or hell ๐Ÿคท‍♀️

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! 

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!

Apple and Cinnamon Punch Cocktail

Apple and Cinnamon Punch Cocktail

We're ending our apple-themed month of posts here on the blog with a toast. An apple and cinnamon punch cocktail toast, to be precise. This cocktail embodies all things fall with its seasonal flavors and its amber good-looks. Not to mention that it's a super easy-to-make recipe that will take you beautifully all the way into Thanksgiving! You can make this cocktail in a shaker and play bartender in front of your guests, or simply make a big batch ahead of your party to serve a thirsty crowd. Both recipes given below for your pleasure. You're welcome! ๐Ÿ˜‰

No-Churn Biscoff Cookie Ice Cream

No-Churn Biscoff Cookie Ice Cream

Ice cream season is here and we're all screaming for ice cream in our house! ๐Ÿ˜ So I couldn't pass up the chance to turn one of my favorite cookies or biscuits into ice cream, hence this No-Churn Biscoff Cookie ice cream! I've discovered the Belgian Speculoos cookies or Biscoff as it's known in the US, when I moved to France, and I have been hooked ever since! And this super easy ice cream is the perfect way to use up your favorite cookies to whip up a delicious summer dessert in no time at all and without an ice cream machine!

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Cherries are in season and I couldn't pass up the chance of making a delicious dessert with them, hence this NO-Bake cherry cheesecake that comes together in a flash and tastes SO delicious! We're so lucky to live in cherry country and have some wild cherries growing on our land, so my kids and I always love to go cherry picking this time of year (before the birds eat them all), and making  dessert using cherries at the end of the day, is just the cherry on the "cake" so to speak! ๐Ÿ˜„

How To Make a Raspberry Mojito

How To Make a Raspberry Mojito

Summer is finally here, and we're kicking off the season with a refreshing raspberry Mojito ! This recipe is great to make with any seasonal fruit, but I just happened to have some raspberries handy and so here we are! This raspberry Mojito comes together is a flash, so you won't have too much trouble playing bartender at your next event. But, if you want to make this cocktail ahead of time for a crowd, you can too! Check out my suggestions below.

Strawberry and Cream Layer Cake

Strawberry and Cream Layer Cake

Strawberries have been on my mind and plate lately, and I'm not complaining! They're one of my favorite fruits and so versatile in jams, desserts, drinks and appetizers alike! Of course, one of the classic ways to serve strawberries is with a big bowl of cream! So to crown our strawberry season in style, I decided to bake up a storm with this easy but oh-so pretty strawberry and cream layer cake !

No Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Tart

No Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Tart

Mother's day is coming up, and if you need a simple and delicious dessert to impress and celebrate mom, then this white chocolate and strawberry tart recipe is it! With a few handy pantry staples and a punnet of fresh strawberries you can whip up this tart in no time at all, without the need to turn on your oven, which is always a bonus in my book! ๐Ÿ‘ I also made a delicious fresh strawberry sauce to serve with this tart for extra indulgence, but if you don't like things too sweet, then simply serve with extra fresh sliced strawberries for a tangy contrast!

French Ricotta Dip and Roast Peppers Crostini Appetizers

French Ricotta Dip and Roast Peppers Crostini Appetizers

Spring is upon us and I can't wait to burst out the lighter recipes and easy-living, more relaxed way of entertaining and hosting at home! So we're kicking off one of my favorite seasons, with this delicious, super quick and easy to make French Ricotta Dip and roast peppers crostini appetizer that's perfect to serve for an Oscars viewing party, a spring garden party or Easter brunch!

Chocolate Cake with Green Matcha Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Green Matcha Buttercream Frosting

St Paddy's Day is coming up, so how about making this delicious chocolate cake with green frosting to celebrate?! ๐Ÿ€ You may have seen my Matcha green pancakes I shared a few weeks ago here on the blog. Well, as promised, I decided to incorporate the Matcha green tea into a sweet recipe this time.  The Matcha green tea pairs beautifully with the dark notes of this chocolate cake, and if you like the earthy notes of Matcha, then you'll love this silky cake frosting made with condensed milk!

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