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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Special Touches for Holiday Guests

Let guests know how happy you are to have them with a few simple yet thoughtful touches. Whether it's purchasing their favorite coffee for the morning or filling their bedside table with a few of their favorite reads, these gestures are sure to win you a 4-star review.

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    • Stock a Drawer

      Keep a drawer filled with essentials -- lotions, lip balm, bandages, and more -- to save guests from making an extra trip to the store. Stroll through your drugstore's travel aisle before they arrive for mini versions of essential toiletries.

    • Offer Some Reminders

      Our free design is perfect for the guest door: Just fill in your wifi password, house rules, and other helpful hints for a happy holiday stay, then hang it from your guest bedroom's doorknob.

      Get the free door hangers
    • Welcome Guests with a Sweet Message

      Welcome guests with personalized notes as a thoughtful way to say hello. Be sure to nestle them around the space, preferably in places where you've set things out.

    • Add Fresh Flowers

      Freshen up the guest room or bathroom with sweet-smelling flowers. Not only do they give the space a clean fragrance, but they also add a happy pop of color.

    • Use a Towel Rack

      Place a towel rack over the bathroom door to hang wet towels. Be sure to leave enough towels and washcloths for each guest for the length of their stay.

      Editor's Tip: Choose different-color towels to help to prevent mix-ups.

    • Offer Extra Covers

      No matter what season, extra clean bedding is always appreciated. Stock any additional blankets, quilts, and pillow covers in a box that's easily tucked away.

    • How to Dress a Bed

      Add personality and pop to your guest room with a few simple tips for bedding.

    • Plan a Menu

      Creating a menu is a thoughtful way to cater to guests. Impress them by whipping up a handful of your favorite dishes. Just be sure to get the details on any allergies or dietary restrictions prior to their arrival.

    • Make a Snack Pack

      Fill a small basket with snacks in case your guests get the craving to munch.

      Great snacks for guests: granola bars. dried fruit, trail mix, small chocolates

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      Provide Extra Hangers

      Make space in the closet to keep guests from having to rearrange. Provide extra hangers for guests in case they packed dresses, coats, and other items they'd like to hang.

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      Get Cozy Slippers

      Pamper your winter-ridden guests with a pair of warm, cozy slippers. Look for washable, one-size-fits-all slippers for cheap at your local retail store then stock up on a few pairs.

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      Set Out Books

      Have a stack of assorted books and magazines on hand for your guests to read in case they're looking for a quiet escape.

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      Offer Coffee and Tea

      Find out what your guests' favorite coffee and tea flavors are so you can have them brewing first thing in the morning.

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      Make Baked Goods

      Spoil your guests with delicious baked goods. A simple batch of cookies or brownies are a sweet way to show you care.

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      Give Guests Movie Options

      Nothing wrong about an impromptu movie night! Have a collection of DVDs (and popcorn) on hand in case your guests opt going out for a comfy night in.

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      Keep Kids Entertained

      Have kids coming to stay? Not to worry. Keep them entertained with fun board games, puzzles, coloring books, and more.

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      Offer the Internet Password

      If you're comfortable with it, leave a note for your guests with the Internet password in case they need to work or access anything online during their stay.

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      Easy Low-Cost Christmas Projects

      Keep holiday spending under control with these innovative and easy Christmas crafts that spread holiday cheer. We have tons of Christmas projects for you to try, including holiday door decorations and festive table toppers -- all available on a budget!
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