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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Gold and Silver Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

Entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti shows us how to set the tone for an elegant holiday party with sparkling silver and glimmering gold.

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    • Glamorous Holiday Gala

      An elegant affair with lots of shimmer and sparkle is the perfect excuse to break out the good china.

    • Shiny Place Setting

      Creative touches make this party look expensive -- but are super cheap. Instead of purchasing a pricey metallic table runner, use an inexpensive silver curtain panel.

    • Classy Chargers

      Don't worry if you don't have china to match the theme. Casual white plates will work just fine. Just make sure to use gold or silver chargers beneath each place setting.

    • Special Occasion

      Ornamental china with hints of silver and gold set the scene for a swanky holiday soiree. Create your own decorative plates by adorning glittering rhinestones to plain plates.

    • The Right Touch

      Simple white napkins pop with a matte silver napkin holder.

    • Silver Lining

      Choose clear glasses and goblets with a hint of shimmer, such as this fancy, silver-rimmed glass.

    • Go for the Gold

      Line buffets and drink displays with decorative metallic garlands and metallic votive candleholders.

      Tip: Dust bowls of pinecones or modern potpourri decorative balls with gold glitter for some extra decoration.

    • Snazzy Centerpiece

      A quick trip down the holiday decorating aisle is all you'll need to create a chic centerpiece. Here, we used two, 12-inch ornament stands, small ball ornaments (in both matte and shiny gold), silver and gold garland, and a few votive candle holders with a gold foil finish.

    • Pretty Detail

      If you're using assigned seating, look for silver and gold ball ornament place card holders to match your shimmering centerpiece.

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