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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How to Decorate with Glass Ornaments

Glass ornaments make for versatile and easy additions to holiday decorating. If you have leftover ornaments from your Christmas tree, put them to use with our decorating tips.

Use Glass Ornaments as a Vase

Make a festive statement with this easy ornament vase idea. Spray-paint terra-cotta pots to match your glass ornaments (or, if your glass ornaments are clear, pick a color that matches the rest of your decorating scheme); let dry. Remove the tops of the ornaments and fill with water. Insert a cut poinsettia flower into the ornament and place the ornament vase in a pot.

More Ideas for Decorating with Glass Ornaments

  • Add glass ornaments to your napkin rings. Tie a wide ribbon around your holiday napkins, then thread another length of ribbon through the knot. Tie two small glass ornaments onto either end of the second ribbon to add instant festive flair to your holiday table.
  • Decorate chair backs with glass ornaments. Dining room chairs can get quick holiday makeover with fabric, ribbon, and glass ornaments. Drape a piece of colorful fabric over the back of a chair, then wrap a length of coordinating ribbon around the chair in a knot. Secure a glass ornament to the ribbon with a bit of wire.
  • Hang glass ornaments from light fixtures. Dress up your chandelier or other light fixtures for the holidays with a dazzling display of glass ornaments. Thread ribbon through the hanging loops of various ornaments and tie onto your light fixtures. When you turn on the lights, your glass ornaments will sparkle and shine!
  • Fill footed bowls with glass ornaments. One of the easiest ways to decorate with leftover glass ornaments is to put them in a footed bowl, under a cloche, or on a tray. Mix and match clear and colored glass ornaments until you get the look you want -- the possibilities are nearly endless!

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Ways to Customize Plain Glass Ornaments

  • Stuff plain glass ornaments with strips of paper, cut from magazines or catalogs, and wrap with jute for a pretty Christmas crafts project.
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  • Personalize ornaments with scrapbook stickers to spell a festive message or your name.
  • Fill clear glass ornaments with a sprig of evergreen or holly to add a natural touch to your Christmas decorations.

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