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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.
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˜‰

Halloween Chocolate Orange Layer Cake with Meringue Ghosts πŸ‘»

Halloween Chocolate Orange Layer Cake with Meringue Ghosts πŸ‘»

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?! πŸ‘» 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 🀷‍♀️

DIY No-Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Tote Bags

DIY No-Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Tote Bags

BOO! Hey friends, today I'll be sharing the DIY for these super fun and adorable No-Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Tote bags ! I teamed up with Sizzix once again to create this spooktacular, easy project that is perfect for your kid...or your best witches! πŸ˜‰πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ These Halloween tote bags are ideal to hold a ton of candy when you go trick or treating. After all, you can never have too much candy on Halloween, am I right?

Cute DIY Halloween Throw Pillows

Cute DIY Halloween Throw Pillows

Halloween for my family has always been about the fun costumes, snuggling up on the sofa while watching movies, and eating candy.  So although Halloween may look a little different this year, we'll still just see it as an excuse to snuggle up on the sofa to watch fun movies...and eat lots of candy! 😁 Hence these adorably cute, decorative Halloween throw pillows to make our sofas a little more cozy and a lot more BOO-tiful πŸ‘»

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! 

Quick and Easy Halloween Slime Recipe For Kids

Quick and Easy Halloween Slime Recipe For Kids

My daughter has been obsessed with slime for a couple of years now. She's forever watching YouTube videos   about making slime at home, buying slime whenever she sees it in the shops, and basically just driving me crazy talking about slime. Can you relate, mamas? πŸ˜‹ I've always been anti-slime myself. I mean, anything sticky that may cling to your carpet, hair and floors and that involves "wasting" household ingredients like washing-up liquid or flour...didn't spark joy for me. Buuuut, I completely changed my mind once I made slime myself!

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! πŸ˜‰

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 😁

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! πŸ‘»

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! 😁 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! πŸ˜„

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! πŸ‘ 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?! πŸ€ 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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