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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.
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˜‰

Quick and Easy Last Minute Halloween Party Food

Quick and Easy Last Minute Halloween Party Food

Halloween is nearly upon us, so I thought I'd round up some quick and easy recipes and food ideas to help you get the party started even if it's last minute! However you celebrate Halloween, these tasty ideas are really easy to pull off and even the kids can help!  These snacks and treats are also great for a movie-watching marathon with the family on the couch- my personal favorite way to celebrate ๐Ÿ˜

Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with Fondant Ghost Toppers

Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with Fondant Ghost Toppers

Last year for Halloween, I made a super delicious chocolate and orange layer cake with meringue ghost toppers . So this year, I wanted to bake something tasty, but a lot quicker and simpler too. Something which you could actually bake with the kiddos at home for Halloween.  Therefore, I came up with these delicious Halloween chocolate cupcakes with condensed milk frosting (also known as the most delicious, silky smooth, quick and EASY homemade chocolate frosting EVER) topped with the cutest fondant ghost toppers! ๐Ÿ‘ป

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!

DIY 4th of July Patriotic Star Wands

DIY 4th of July Patriotic Star Wands

Hey friends, today I bring you a  super quick and easy DIY craft project where we'll be making 4th of July patriotic star wands ! These DIY 4th of July patriotic star wands can be used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, to make headbands, to make bubble wands and so much more! It makes for a super fun, last-minute craft activity for kids too and you only need a  few inexpensive supplies to get this craft started!

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˜„

DIY Custom Text Balloons Using Vinyl

DIY Custom Text Balloons Using Vinyl

With weddings season upon us, and all matter of summer celebrations on the horizon, I decided to embark on creating some fun DIY custom text balloons using vinyl , and I loved it! Personalized text bubble balloons seem to be everywhere these days , and I love the idea of customizing giant latex balloons to make any party feel a little more special.  There are number of ways that you can make giant balloons personal to your party theme, and adding your own custom text is the quickest and easiest way to create a bespoke look inexpensively for any event!

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!

DIY Chunky Rings and Plastic Jewelry with Moldable Plastic

DIY Chunky Rings and Plastic Jewelry with Moldable Plastic

This post is sponsored by  InstaMorph® but all opinions are my own. Spring has finally sprung, and my daughter and I embarked on our first crafting session of the season creating some super adorable DIY moldable plastic chunky rings and jewelry inspired by seasonal blooms and pretty pastel colors! My daughter is currently obsessed with the trending chunky ring craze, so it was a no-brainer when we discovered InstaMorph® moldable plastic!

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!

DIY Easy Standing Balloon Rainbow Dรฉcor

DIY Easy Standing Balloon Rainbow Dรฉcor

I'm a sucker for balloon art decorations! They're so inexpensive and add instant wow factor to any space or any party without much effort! Now that St Patrick's Day is coming up, I couldn't pass up the chance to create a something with balloons in my favorite rainbow color palette! This DIY standing balloon rainbow dรฉcor is SO easy to make, you don't need any Helium or fancy stands, and it comes together in a flash too! But you can also make them in any color you like for any party theme or celebration! ๐ŸŒˆ

Matcha Green Tea Savory Pancakes

Matcha Green Tea Savory Pancakes

It's Mardi Gras tomorrow and with St Patrick's Day around the corner, I thought this year I'd make green pancakes to celebrate, ๐Ÿ˜ hence these Matcha Green Tea savory pancakes ! My kids love pancakes or French crepes, and in France we often have savory ones when on vacation. They serve them with smoked bacon, cheese and an egg on top so I decided to make savory pancakes for them, which would be awesome for breakfast, brunch, light lunch or snack!

Strawberry Red Velvet and Vanilla Checkerboard Cake

Strawberry Red Velvet and Vanilla Checkerboard Cake

If you follow the blog you probably know how much I love baking and decorating cakes. My love of cakes comes from watching my mom bake every Sunday when I was a child, so baking brings back so many wonderful memories for me! Nowadays, I love to try my hands at different cake decorating techniques, like today's strawberry red velvet and vanilla checkerboard cake . I love how fun it was to make, and it was my first time making a red velvet cake!

Spring Cleaning with First Alert

Spring Cleaning with First Alert

Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. Spring is nearly upon us and I couldn’t wait to finally transition the decor in my dining room for the season. I do love the cozy winter vibes, but I must admit that I miss my flower touches over the winter months! The weather is still cold but I’m already longing for warmer days and so I decided to do a little spring cleaning and dress up a pretty table to transition us from winter to early spring with effortless ease, hence this farmhouse tablescape; which would be perfect for a family Sunday lunch or celebration at home!

French Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart Recipe

French Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart Recipe

This French salted caramel and chocolate tart is the perfect dessert for Valentine's Day or any other occasion when you need your chocolate fix, but don't want to spend ages in the kitchen!  This tart is my own spin on the classic French tarte au chocolat , and is SO quick and easy to make and only requires a few store-cupboard ingredients, with very minimal baking involved! Not to mention that it tastes mega delicious and looks oh-so pretty too!

Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe

With Valentine's Day and the Super Bowl around the corner, I thought I'd share this delicious salted caramel popcorn recipe with you guys! My daughter and I make it on a regular basis for our movie nights on the weekends, and it's the perfect snack for either occasion! In fact, I don't think there's any celebration where salted caramel popcorn wouldn't be welcome, am I right?! ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜‰

DIY Valentine's Day Gnome Gift Boxes with FREE Templates

DIY Valentine's Day Gnome Gift Boxes with FREE Templates

Today I'm bringing you an oldie but goodie - Gnomes! But all dressed up for the occasion in Valentine's Day colors and bringing gifts within!  And, these are no ordinary little gnomes. Oh, gnome! ๐Ÿ˜ They are in fact, little Valentine's Day gnome favor or gift boxes that you can fill with treats to surprise a loved one! Oh, and did I mention there are FREE templates included in today's post? Scroll down to download yours!๐Ÿ’–

Valentine's Day Hot Cocoa Bombs Gifts & My Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

Valentine's Day Hot Cocoa Bombs Gifts & My Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

It's just over a month away from Valentine's Day and unlike previous years where it just creeps up on me, this year I'm starting early, so I'll have plenty of time to share lots of fun and creative ideas with you guys! Kicking off the season with these Valentine's Day hot cocoa bombs that are just too cute to make with the kids or to gift to teacher's, neighbors, friends or co-workers! ๐Ÿ’–

DIY Knitted Air Dry Clay Vases

DIY Knitted Air Dry Clay Vases

Happy New Year to you creative and crafty friends! ๐Ÿฅฐ✨ There's no better way to kick off the new year in my opinion, than with some good DIY projects, especially when it involves such a therapeutic craft such as pottery or working with clay.  Bonus points for doing some recycling in the process, or what I like to call, turning trash into beautiful treasure for your home! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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