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

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Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Workbook

In our new holiday workbook, you'll find instructions and patterns to make six fun holiday projects featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

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    • Fun and Festive Holiday Projects

      Welcome to the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Workbook, a collection of easy and creative projects from the December issue. Here, you'll find step-by-step instructions and free downloadable patterns for six quick crafts (including candles, pillows, and garlands) that will bring holiday cheer to your home.

    • Natural-Theme Holiday Pillows

      Add some natural-theme holiday embellishments to a set of decorative pillows with linen appliques. Cut the acorn and tree patterns from white linen and hand-stitch the patterns onto the pillows for a handmade look.

    • Fabric Leaf Garland

      This blue-and-white leaf garland is made from fabric instead of paper to form a long-lasting decoration. Use our leaf pattern to cut shapes from three colors of linen, then hot-glue to a velvet ribbon to make a pretty mantel garland.

    • Fabric Leaf Wreath

      Simple leaf shapes can be used to make a pretty, natural-looking wreath. Use our pattern to trim 70-80 leaves from linen. Add a dab of hot glue to the stems and layer them onto a wire wreath form as shown. Finish the decoration by gluing a length of blue velvet ribbon onto the top, tied into a neat bow.

    • Decorative Paper Trees

      You can craft these decorative paper cones in minutes. For instructions on how to make the paper cones, see the next slide.

    • Decorative Paper Tree Project

      This colorful cone is made from decorative or scrapbook paper and contains a sweet surprise.

      1. Download the cone patterns, available below (click the link after step 5) and cut out to use as patterns, enlarging them with a copier if necessary. Trace the patterns onto heavyweight gift wrap, scrapbook papers, or decorative papers, and cut out.

      2. For all cones: Crease and fold as shown on the pattern. On the long edge place three pieces of double-sided tape (or three dabs from a glue stick) on the creased section -- this will form the seam on the inside of the cone.

      3. To make a smooth-sided cone (patterns on pages 1 and 2 of the download): Carefully roll into a cone shape, pressing the creased and taped edge to the interior of the cone to seal. The cone on page 1 folds on the bottom to hold candy. Place a small bag of candy inside the cone, fold in the tabs, and secure with a large round sticker.

      4. To make a pyramid-shape cone (pattern on page 3 of the download): Fold and attach adhesive as described in step 2. The cone folds on the bottom to hold candy. Place a small bag of candy inside the cone, fold in the tabs, and secure with a large round sticker.

      5. To finish the cone projects, use double-sided tape to attach a die-cut star to a toothpick; insert in the top of the cone.

    • Beeswax Candle Party Favors

      Use homemade beeswax candles with a paper-covered matchbox as a perfect holiday party favor. For instructions on how to make the candles, see the next slide.

    • Beeswax Candles

      These easy-to-make candles make perfect party favors for a holiday gathering. Cut a sheet of beeswax (we got ours at toadilyhandmade.com) into an 8x8-inch square. Lay a 10-inch wick on the wax's edge, leaving 2 inches of the wick free. Tightly roll the wax around the wick, pressing the seam when finished, and trim the wick to a desired length (1/4 inch is standard). To make them ready for party favors, tape a band of pleated parchment around two candles. Use ribbon or baker's twine to tie a scrapbook paper-covered matchbox to the candles, tucking in a sprig of evergreen if desired.

    • Winter Wonderland Snowflake Pillows

      These fun pillows will bring a white Christmas to your home even if it's warm and sunny outside. Print out the snowflake patterns and tape them to freezer paper. Cut out the patterns using a sharp blade with a self-healing mat underneath. Iron the freezer paper to the fabric of two 20-inch-square pillows, with the shiny or waxy side down. Place cardboard between the fabric layers so the paint doesn't bleed through.

      To prepare the paint, mix 1 part fabric paint medium with 2 parts fabric paint in assorted colors (we used silver, gold, and light blue). Lightly apply paint around the stencil; let dry overnight. When dry, gently peel off the freezer paper.

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      Pretty Christmas Flower Arrangement

      Arrange a festive bouquet for the holidays with an assortment of poinsettias, begonia leaves, anemones, ranunculus, and amaryllis. For step-by-step instructions on how to create this arrangement, see the next slides.

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      Step 1: Prepare the Base

      We used a compote dish to display the flowers in this arrangement. First, secure a floral frog (a disk with small spikes on one side) to the bottom of the dish with floral clay. Add a couple inches of water, then lay lengths of branches or vines (we used seeded eucalyptus and elderberries) around the lip of the bowl so they trail over the side, forming a framework to support the flowers. Press the cut ends into the floral frog, making sure that the foliage doesn't fall below the water line.

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      Step 2: Add the Largest Elements

      Once you've added foliage to the bottom of the dish, add the larger elements to support the arrangement. Place poinsettia bracts and begonia leaves around the perimeter, allowing them to spill over the front.

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      Step 3: Finish with Flowers

      To complete the arrangement, tuck festive flowers (we used anemones, ranunculus, and amaryllis) among the branches and stems already in place. To completely fill out the arrangement, add more greens and berries among the flowers as needed. It might be difficult to reach the floral frog at this point, but make sure that all the stems reach down into the water.

      Editor's Tip: Clustering two or three of the same flower has more visual impact than scattering single blooms around the bouquet.

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      Bonus Arrangement: Christmas Garland with Flowers

      Add some spice to a plain holiday garland by using florist's wire to attach brightly colored poinsettia bracts. Display the garland prominently by draping it across the fireplace mantel, and complement the greenery with red, silver, and off-white ornament balls placed neatly on footed dishes and under glass cloches.

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      Bonus Arrangement: Festive Tray with Christmas Flowers

      This arrangement, set in a wooden tray, makes a great gift. Layer boxwood stems to create the base, add a handful of small oranges or clementines, and arrange a small vase of bright roses and parrot tulips. Fill the tray with bottles of champagne or other specialty items to complete the gift.

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