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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Festive Holiday Chair Decorations

Try these ideas for decorating your dining chairs for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

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    • Dressed for Dinner

      As you prepare to dine with family and guests this holiday season, think beyond the table centerpiece. The creative chair decorations shown in the following slides add a festive touch all the way around the table. Choose a new look for your Thanksgiving feast, a Christmas gathering, and the New Year's bash.

      This pretty dressing is perfect for a Thanksgiving or Christmas table. It starts with a damask napkin neatly folded and draped over the back of the chair. A coordinating ribbon ties an ornament ball on the back.

    • Silver Bells

      Wrap chairs with glittering tinsel for an easy addition that adds festivity to the dining room. Add silver bells and star ornaments or other decorations that can hang from the tinsel.

    • Fall Feast

      Take your cue from nature to decorate for Thanksgiving dinner. Use white pumpkins or paint them soft ivory for a sophisticated arrangement. Add gourds, twigs, and pheasant feathers for more fall appeal.

    • Snowflake Surprise

      Add more joy to Christmas morning with a chair full of small presents. Decorate a small white gift bag with ornaments, ribbon, and glitter. Place it on the chair or hang it with ribbon from the back of the chair.

    • Deck the Chairs

      Drape dining chairs in simple table runners tied in place with ribbon. Pristine white linens are the perfect complement for brightly wrapped holiday presents.

    • Helping Hand

      Turn old mittens or winter gloves into easy back-of-chair vases. Tie one to each chair with ribbon that coordinates with your table decorations, then tuck a fresh flower stem and a sprig of evergreen in the glove opening.

    • Fragrant Name Tag

      For a variation on table place cards, let each guest know where to sit by marking the chairs with name tags. Write the name on a paper tag and secure it at the back of the chair with ribbon and a sprig of eucalyptus.

    • The Kissing Chair

      Everyone's favorite chair will be the one with the mistletoe, which encourages convivial guests to pucker up. Add a red cushion and some wired ribbon for a charming display of holiday cheer.

    • Gift-Wrapped

      Adorn a chair like a gift-wrapped present by wrapping it with a "ribbon" of fabric. Cut two 8-inch-wide lengths of green fabric; turn under the sides and iron flat. Wrap one length around the cushion and secure it with a safety pin. Wrap the other length around the chair frame and secure as needed. Cover the gap with a throw pillow.

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      Fresh Flowers at Dinner

      Leave room on the table for the holiday feast and move the flower arrangements to the chair backs. To make this wreath that echoes the oval shape of the chair, place lime-green and white chrysanthemums in florist's vials, tuck them into a twig wreath base, and wire on miniature ball ornaments. Secure the wreath to the chair with ribbon crisscrossed on the chair's front and tied to the wreath's four corners.

      To keep this chair decoration from overpowering the room, just create wreaths for the chairs at the table ends, then hang small matching bouquets on the side-chair backs.

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      New Year's Gala

      Celebrate with a dazzling dinner party where even the chairs are dressed in silky fabric. Black top hats double as gift baskets to fill with favors for bringing in the New Year.

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      12 More Dining Room Decorating Ideas

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