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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.
DIY Ideas for a Small Indoor Wedding

DIY Ideas for a Small Indoor Wedding

With life getting back to some sort of norm...ish, weddings are again on the horizon. So, when I was asked by a craft brand to create some easy, DIY ideas for a small indoor wedding , I jumped at the chance! The brand carries the most gorgeous packaging and wedding favor stationery, accessories and supplies; which I used to create some wedding table ideas that any bride can replicate for a small or micro-wedding 🥰

Easy 4th of July Modern Farmhouse Décor

Easy 4th of July Modern Farmhouse Décor

If you're looking for easy, last-minute décor ideas for your home or 4th of July party, then this post is for you! 😉 I've rounded up some of my favorites ideas found via Pinterest and grouped them on my board here .  But these ones I'm sharing here today, are the ultimate modern farmhouse patriotic décor that's the easiest to pull-off, especially if you're lacking time to craft or DIY something more elaborate!  Above photo credit: Down Shiloh Road

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 DIY Dinosaur Party Ideas and Recipes

Easy DIY Dinosaur Party Ideas and Recipes

Next week I'll be sharing the dinosaur cake recipe I created for a brand partnership I recently worked on. So for today, I'm sharing the full party with all the fun desserts, simple decorations and DIY details that are super easy to pull off for a dinosaur birthday party at home ! This dinosaur party theme is prefect for any age group, and the ideal set up for a low-key birthday party at home!

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! 

DIY Cactus Place Card Holders

DIY Cactus Place Card Holders

I'm forever in search on fun activities to keep the kids amused and entertained during spring break, so craft projects often come to my rescue! Now that my kids are a little older, finger painting just doesn't cut it as a craft anymore, 😋 but luckily, they love polymer clay for creating fun and useful objects like key-rings, jewelry, photo-holders, etc. These DIY cactus place-card holders are our latest craft project, and they're perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo, which is nearly upon us! 

DIY Modern Farmhouse Easter Décor with FREE Printables

DIY Modern Farmhouse Easter Décor with FREE Printables

This year, I'm not doing a huge Easter table like I usually do. Instead, I'm slowing down and focusing more on simplicity, on recycling and up-cycling what I already have on hand to create my décor.  Don't know about you, but I'm so over the OTT parties and home decorations! 😉 So, I hope you enjoy these easy, DIY craft projects and tiered tray styling ideas, which are great to add a simple but pretty touch of spring to your Easter tablescape or home!

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! 😉

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! 🥰 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!

Easy DIY Modern Wall Art Acrylic Paintings

Easy DIY Modern Wall Art Acrylic Paintings

If you like easy, modern and art, than this post is for you!  I've been taking a little time off blogging (not sure you noticed...) and one of the things I enjoyed doing during my break, was painting. Hence, these easy DIY modern wall art acrylic paintings !  I'm no professional artist, but I love creating DIY artwork to display in my home (you can see some here , here   and here ). I think it's far more meaningful than buying art, more pleasurable too and a LOT more affordable! 😉

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 😉 

Neutral Farmhouse Christmas Tablescape with Easy DIY Décor

Neutral Farmhouse Christmas Tablescape with Easy DIY Décor

This year, Christmas may look a more scaled-down and different, but that doesn't mean we can't set up a pretty, cozy table to celebrate and give thanks for all the blessings we have in our lives! Am I right?! 🙏 So, I have opted for quite a relaxed, fuss-free style this year, with lots of natural wood touches to create a modern, neutral farmhouse Christmas tablescape . Hope you enjoy the ideas! 😍

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! 😉 

Neutral Farmhouse DIY Christmas Décor

Neutral Farmhouse DIY Christmas Décor

This year, Christmas at ours will be a little more chilled out and relaxed, so my décor will also be a reflection of that. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year, and after a tough year, I don't want to stress over elaborate décor. So I took my inspiration from nature to start the decorating process, with the styling of my mantel in a neutral farmhouse style . The DIY projects for this décor style are also inexpensive and super easy. Again, reflecting the peaceful and natural atmosphere I want to create at home.

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! 😉 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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