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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Decorating for Christmas with Flowers and Plants

Brighten up your home and your spirits by including fresh flowers in your Christmas decorating.

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    • Winter Jewels

      The precious gems of the plant world -- orchids -- make delightful holiday decorations. A glass pedestal vase filled with ornaments holds this blooming gift up to the light, sparking joy throughout the holiday season. To enjoy long-lasting orchids for weeks or even months, place orchids in bright indirect light, such as a south-facing window with a sheer curtain, and keep them away from cold drafts and dry heat. Once a week, set orchids in a sink and drench their roots with lukewarm water.

    • Standing In

      A Victorian-style cast-iron tree stand fitted with a 6-inch terra-cotta pot painted a glossy green makes a sturdy stand for these brilliant pink orchids.

    • Perfected Paperwhites

      Few holiday plants are easier than paperwhites. Set the bulbs halfway into some potting soil, water them, and wait a couple of weeks. You can also buy paperwhites (and other bulb plants like daffodils and tulips) already started. Whichever way you go, dress up the look with some Spanish moss and a scatter of tiny apples.

    • Soft-as-Silk Cyclamen

      Potted cyclamen are a triple-treat holiday plant. They offer long-lasting good looks, clear colors, and interesting foliage. Keep your cyclamen healthy for a longer period by placing it in a bright, cool location away from direct sunlight. Water only when the surface of the soil becomes dry. After the blooms fade, allow the plant to dry out and become dormant. Once growth restarts, begin watering again. Like most houseplants, cyclamen enjoy spending the warmer months outdoors in a well-shaded location.

    • Add a Sparkle

      Shimmery silver ornaments are the perfect accent to a display of white potted flowers, such as these cyclamen, Star-of-Bethlehem, and kalanchoe.

    • Amazing Amaryllis

      When it comes to choosing a holiday amaryllis this year, don't settle for boring old red yet again! Each year, garden centers stock a host of interesting varieties in pink, white, purple, copper, and multiple colors in interesting patterns.

    • Serene Amaryllis

      Serene amaryllis bloom in soft winter light on a cool windowsill. Line up a trio of the blooms in special glass vases designed to suspend the bulbs above water. To add a glistening effect and help the roots grow, fill the bottom of the vases with a handful of clear marbles.

    • Accessorize an Amaryllis

      If the giraffelike neck of amaryllis puts you off, don't turn into a basket case. Just surround one or more of the long-necked lovelies with an assortment of small potted azaleas.

    • Alluring Azalea

      If you've ever watched the Masters Golf Championship in Augusta, Georgia, you know just how fabulous azaleas are when they're in their preferred climate. Thankfully, Northern gardeners can enjoy them for years in pots, and the holidays are the perfect time of year to start enjoying them.

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      Standing Tall

      A column of 'Honesty' Keepsake azaleas put on a show for weeks in simple white pots. The tree-form shrubs make great patio or sunroom plants.

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      Christmas Cactus

      This family treasure will bloom year after year, just in time for Christmas.

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      Hibiscus

      Hibiscus produce large, striking flowers, indoors or outdoors. They survive in cold regions only if you bring them indoors from early fall through late spring.

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      Wrap It Up, Folks!

      By virtue of its popularity, the poinsettia is the queen of holiday plants. For an easy, inexpensive, and impressive host or hostess gift, wrap a pretty specimen in thin, easy-to-mold art paper, then tie it off with a satin bow.

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      Clever Ways to Decorate with Cranberries

      From wreaths to table settings, you can add a seasonal touch of red to your holiday decorating scheme with cranberries. They're not just for recipes anymore.
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