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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Cool Blue and White for the Holidays

Bring cool blues and white indoors to create a holiday scene as refreshing as a walk in the snow.

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    • Delicate Ornament Wreath

      This intricate-looking wreath is surprisingly simple to make. Here's how:
      -- Wrap a plastic foam wreath with white or pale blue ribbon.
      -- Hot-glue glass ornaments to cover the wreath, starting with the larger balls and layering smaller ones to fill the gaps.

      Editor's Tip: Select an assortment of colors, textures, and sheens for the most interesting effect. Link TK

    • Card-Display Board

      The annual flurry of Christmas cards looks lovely displayed on this memory board. Here's how to make it:
      -- Start with an inexpensive framed bulletin board.
      -- Paint the frame, and apply a diluted wash in varying shades of blue mixed with luminescent embossing powder.
      -- Stretch quilted fabric over the cork and staple onto the back. Create a grid of ribbon attached with pins at the ends and wherever ribbons cross. Link TK

    • True-Blue Stocking

      This stocking takes on a mod flair with a ruff of soft white faux fur and a star made from icy-white beads. Link TK

    • Beaded Table Runner

      Set the mood for the holidays with a pretty table that you can make in a snap. Here's how to do it:
      -- Start with a ready-made runner -- this one is white fabric edged with a generous band of shiny blue.
      -- At each end, tack on a length of sparkly beading (available at crafts or fabric stores) to add a dressy holiday finish. Link TK

    • Snowflake Gift Toppers

      Top holiday packages with snowflake ornaments for a festive touch in cool colors. Here's how:
      -- Fold pale blue card stock into halves, and then fold those halves into thirds for a total of six layers.
      -- Cut a snowflake shape through all layers, and unfold. Press the paper flat with an iron.
      -- Brush the top with white glue and sprinkle with glittery embossing powder. Links TK

    • Cone-ucopia

      Grown-ups are as delighted as kids to find a stash of holiday sweets on the back of their chairs. Simple cones, hanging from white organza ribbon, double as place cards when customized with a name.

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      Pretty Christmas Living Rooms

      Don't stop at the Christmas tree -- extend your Christmas decorations through the whole living room. These Christmas decorating ideas will have your space overflowing with cheer, whatever your decorating style.
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