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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Decorate Your Windows for Christmas

Create a holiday view with these eye-catching window decorating ideas.


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      Vintage linens can sometimes be too delicate to use for their intended practical purposes. But they can shine as cheery Christmas decor. Hang your favorites (cute aprons or fun towels) as window treatments for the holiday season.

      Editor's Tip: Avoid hanging special linens in direct sunlight to prevent fading.

    • Christmas Snow

      Craft your own winter flurries with a window display of falling snowflakes. Simply hang decorative snowflakes from window muntins (or use suction cups to hang from glass). Try colorful snowflakes for a whimsical look. Complete the wintry scene with an evergreen swag hung across the top of the window.

    • All in a Row

      Hang classic Christmas wreaths in multiples for a striking effect, especially if you have a wide expanse of windows (as shown here). These three wreaths create visual interest across the bay of windows.

    • Window Jewelry

      Add a pretty holiday swag to your window treatments using large beaded garland. Drape a couple of garland strings over the curtain rod, securing them with tape on the back of the rod. For a finishing touch, wire elegant glass balls to the garland ends and top the balls with greenery.

    • Cascade of Ribbon

      Use ribbon to embellish a window. Here, miniature wreaths were hung in the upper corners of the window frame, simulating the role of old-fashioned decorative corner blocks. Lengths of ribbon were draped through the centers of the wreaths and the tails were left to cascade down. Use multiple lengths of ribbon in colors to match your holiday decor, and try different patterns and fabrications (organza, satin, etc.), too.

    • Bring the Outside In

      For this variation on hanging Christmas wreaths at windows, tuck the end of the ribbons behind the window treatments. The wreaths seem to float in midair. Note: The wreaths pictured are made from fresh bay leaves.

    • Christmas Shine

      Clear glass ornaments hung in windows will catch light and send sparkles throughout the room. String an ornament onto a length of ribbon. Attach the end of the ribbon into the wall above the window frame with a small nail or thumbtack. Hang just one bauble as a focal point, or hang multiples for extra sparkle.

      Go to the next slide to learn about the garland hanging in front of the curtains.

    • Christmas Beads & Baubles

      Add streams of color to your windows with beaded garland. Use straight pins to pin garland in place at the top of the curtain, or hammer a nail into the wall above the window frame and knot the garland around it. Let the beads fall in front of the curtains and pool on the floor.

    • On a Wire

      Use florist's wire and basic Christmas supplies to create a window swag. This decoration has three red bells topped with an assortment of evergreen branches, berry sprigs, and pinecones. Wire the elements together and finish with a pretty bow. Create a loop of wire on the back of the swag and hang from a temporary adhesive hook tacked to the window frame.

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      Fragrant Evergreens

      Repeat a good idea for cohesive Christmas decor. For example, in this space both windows are draped with fresh pine garlands like the one on the mantel for a classic holiday look.

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      Advent Window

      Make an Advent calendar to count down to Christmas. Number small bags and place a little gift or note in each one. Hang the bags on clothesline strung across a window using clothespins. Then each day, look for the corresponding bag and enjoy a mini treat.

      Editor's Tip: If you have kids, make a clothesline of different packages for each child. (This window uses small hats, fabric bags, and paper bags for three Advent calendars.)

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      Row of Wreaths

      Bring festive attention to a large bank of windows or sliding glass doors by suspending a row of wreaths from the curtain rod. For Christmas-red color, shop your local crafts store for artificial hypericum berries to wire onto grapevine wreaths.

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      Rustic Welcome

      In a rustic country home, keep window decorations simple and inspired by nature. These wreaths are made of pinecones, dried fruit, and greenery sprigs.

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      Let it Snow -- Indoors!

      Dress up a window with a lacy table skirt for a quick valance, and hang paper snowflakes from the curtain rod with seasonal, festive ribbons.

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      More Christmas Decorating Ideas

      Try some of these pretty garland ideas for your home this Christmas season.

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