Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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Simply Elegant Christmas Decor

Elegance need not be complicated or difficult. Enliven your home with a seasonal theme, simply conceived and beautifully executed.

Christmases Past

Start every Christmas present with a look at Christmases past. Bring together those things that had meaning for you before and decide first what you want to bring back this year. This cozy Christmas scene wasn't hard to create because it relies on the family's favorite things: Christmas stockings hung by the chimney with care, fresh evergreens wrapped with ribbon, and collectibles placed on the mantel. The hand-painted garland provides a Christmas touch all year.

Year-Round Pleasures

An elegant holiday look doesn't have to scream Christmas. Think of what you would like to have on display all year. The greenhouse window in this dining room provides perching places for holiday topiaries and miniature evergreen trees. Look for places in your home where you can place pleasing items on display.

Special Creations

When you decide to create something new for holiday display, don't think pretty things need to be complicated. Two ideas here illustrate the point. Entwine a vining plant on a length of bamboo inserted into a bright bucket. Top the base with greens and berries and you have a pretty plant. The simple fruit display at the base of the plant is made of berries, dried oranges, and pinecones.

Outdoors In

Take some of the pressure out of decorating your home for the holidays by decorating for the longer winter season rather than for just one specific occasion. You can accomplish this with a collection of decorative objects like these: gazing balls, forced blooming branches, evergreen, and shiny ornaments set in a platter. Stacked presents promise the gifts of the season without locking you into a decorating scheme that lasts only a short time.

Place of Honor

A single special ornament -- whether it's a cherished family heirloom, one made by your child, or a lucky flea market find -- can be elevated to a striking focal point when you set it apart under a glass cloche. Place it by itself on a tabletop, or create a kind of pedestal for the ornament with a bed of moss, a couple of pinecones, and a few sprigs of juniper berries in a small crystal dish. The same display idea works just as well for highlighting a favorite Hanukkah dreidel.

Addition Lessons

You don't necessarily have to put away your everyday displays to decorate for the season. This library table is topped year-round with stacks of books, a dish of shells, and a potted plant or flower arrangement. The addition of a mercury glass ball set on a cachepot, a green tree ornament, tall candlesticks with green pillars, berries tucked around the shells, and pussy willow branches in a glass vase gives the display a more festive look.

Natural Textures

Remember the front door when decorating for the winter season.

Elements from nature are a good choice for outdoor spaces. Wire an arrangement of seeded eucalyptus, berries, and bits of evergreen onto a ring of twigs to create a loose, woodsy wreath. Most of these materials will dry on the wreath and continue to look good for many days. Add fresh flowers or small tree ornaments to embellish the wreath for a party.

Cannery Row

For an easy mantel decoration, use a series of matching containers, such as these small galvanized tin cups. Fill some with small evergreen branches or, for an updated twist, try green succulents. Place skinny little taper candles and twisted glass icicle ornaments in others. Small plums, figs, or pomegranates scattered in between the cups will add a touch of color to the arrangement. A dainty garland of chandelier crystals with glass icicles attached at the points adds a subtle sparkle below the mantel shelf, while larger chandelier drops dress up a lightly whitewashed twig wreath on the wall.

Sitting Pretty

It might be too cold to sit and linger on the porch, but a bench offers a good spot for a winter still life. Nestle pine boughs around giant pinecones, silver tree ornaments, and larger mercury glass spheres on the seat. You and your guests will feel the season's spirit before you even open the front door.


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