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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Sparkling Silver Holiday Decor

Make your home sparkle this Christmas with these silver decorative accents.


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    • Metallic Ornament Wreath

      Add the perfect neutral touch to a living room mirror with a sparkling metallic ornament wreath. Hang with a wide silver ribbon, tied into a smart bow at the top of the mirror, to complete the decoration.

    • Glimmering Wrapped Ornaments

      Not all presents have to be given away. This brightly packaged gift makes the perfect decoration for a side table. Fill a clear plastic gift box with silver, blue, and green ornaments. Wrap the present with a light blue bow. Place the box on a silver platter and scatter small ornaments around the base of the present.

    • Napkin Rings with Bling

      Create a star-studded place setting by rolling napkins and slipping them through vintage rhinestone bracelets. Or, make your own napkin rings with wired rhinestones twisted into circles.

    • Pretty Poinsettia Pot

      This table topper is a modern approach to the classic poinsettia plant. Cut off the head of a poinsettia flower, leaving 1 inch of the stem intact. Stick the flower in a silver ball ornament. Set the ornament on top of a small metal pot. Group flowers together and surround with evergreen for a classy decoration.

    • Shining Candle Centerpiece

      This wreath-candle duo puts a girly spin on a classic centerpiece. Light pink ornaments and green pears and evergreen complement the silver spray-painted candle in the middle. The display makes a pretty pairing with a pink tablecloth.

    • Ornament in Picture Frame

      This simple and stylish picture frame adds a touch of shimmer to a bare wall. Mount a white picture frame without the glass on the wall with a nail. Tie a silver ornament to the nail with a white lacey ribbon so it hangs in the center of the frame. Hang a big bow above the frame to draw attention.

    • Wreaths that Glisten

      Fast and fabulous: Create a glamorous wreath by hot-gluing sparkling buttons to a slender 9-inch wreath form. Top with a silver bow and hang from a mantel or door.

    • Sparkling Votives

      Make candleholders that reflect your sparkling personality. Coat juice glasses with clear crafts glue, then roll the glasses in clear glitter. Attach silver trim around the rim and finish with faux gems.

    • Winning Combination

      Make this winning centerpiece with an old silver trophy. It becomes an elegant vase for a florist's foam ball covered in white carnations and decorated with cascading ivy. You don't have to have a trophy cup -- rummage around the cupboards for any interesting silver container.

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      Metallic Touches for Your Tree

      Wrap your tree with layers of white and silver garland to make it look beautifully preserved in a layer of ice. A tree with sparse branches offers more room for sparkle. Twinkling lights and frosted ornaments give off a soft glow. You also can frost the tips of the branches with spray snow or silver spray paint.

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      Glimmering Candle Arrangement

      This disco-ball bowl will brighten a holiday gathering. Fill a large lipped silver bowl with three clear ornaments. Line the lip of the bowl with small white candles for a fun, shimmering centerpiece.

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      Tiered Ornament Platter

      Raid your kitchen for a tiered serving platter. Fill the bottom tiers with silver ornaments and evergreen sprigs. Top the decoration with three small evergreen trees in silver pots. Dot the platter with cranberries for bursts of color.

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      Poinsettia Platter

      Instantly turn a simple silver platter into a classy holiday decoration by laying poinsettia leaves and flowers on the tray.

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      Starry Sleigh

      This sophisticated sleigh is a flashy addition to any mantel or side table. Fill a decorative sleigh with silver, gold, and glass star ornaments. It's all right if the sleigh overflows -- it will look like the sleigh lost some presents on its flight in.

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      Radiant Mantel

      Dress up a plain fireplace mantel with a wintry mix of silver, blue, and green. Cloak the mantel in wispy greenery. Add groupings of silver and blue ornaments. A few silver finials in varying sizes and some large pinecones complete the look.

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      Shimmering Silver Acorns

      Make acorns sparkle with silver paint and glitter. Paint the top or bottom of each acorn, then sprinkle with silver glitter while the paint is still wet. Plant acorns among decorative soaps for a beautiful addition to a bathroom counter or with pinecones for a natural display.

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      Beachy Candle Display

      Just because there's snow on the ground doesn't mean you have to sacrifice warm, sandy tones. Group different-size, neutral-color candles in an ivory bowl. Surround the candles with silver ornaments and beads. For a beachy look, add shells and a starfish.

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      Flashy Mirror Centerpiece

      Place a long mirror along the center of the table. Top the mirror with evergreen sprigs, pinecones, candles, and small red plastic jewels for an eye-catching centerpiece. Just don't crowd the mirror -- it will reflect whatever you put on it, making it look twice as full.

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      Tinsel Topiary

      Get wire topiary trees ready for the holidays by wrapping them in sparkling garland. Add white rocks or glass bits to the containers as a shimmering substitute for soil. This glamorous foliage turns even the warmest house into a winter wonderland.

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      Gleaming Star Table Topper

      Bring your Christmas decorations from the tree to the table for this unique table topper. Fill a crystal bowl with silver and gold ornaments. Finish with a glittery star to reflect light around any Christmas get-together.

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      Polished Beauty

      For an instant centerpiece, group silver candlesticks of all sizes. For a burst of color among the shimmer, perch a brilliant red pomegranate on a pedestal candlestick.

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      Elegant Embellishment

      Don't fret over finding special linens to dress the Christmas table. Start with classic white napkins and add handmade sparkle by embellishing the corners with silver floss and two basic embroidery stitches -- the straight stitch and backstitch.

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      Elegant Serving Ware

      Make over a wood serving tray with silver spray paint, ribbon, and crystal hardware knobs as feet. Use it at your holiday parties to serve hors d'oeuvres, nuts, and drinks.

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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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