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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Pretty Christmas Door Decorations

Once you've trimmed the tree, head outside to deck your front door for Christmas. Our ideas for front door decorations range from traditional to modern, but all are easy to put together. Using Christmas wreaths, lights, and garlands, you'll have the prettiest house on the block.

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    • Choose Monochromatic Christmas Decorations

      Go all out this year and create a winter wonderland at your front door. Enlist the kids to cut snowflakes, and hang them from strings of lights. Spray faux trees white and plant them in galvanizd buckets on each side of the door. For the final touch, spray-paint wire baskets white, hang, and fill each with sparkling silver orbs.

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    • Mix Shapes and Textures

      If matching isn't your style, funky forms are a wonderful way to add visual interest to a holiday front door. Here, distinctive topiaries play against a gathering of bright berries and the soft white of the wreath.

    • Hang a Low Wreath

      Be the first on the block to break wreath tradition. Hanging your Christmas wreath low on the front door looks modern and welcoming, and it leaves the window free for collecting sunlight.

    • Celebrate Traditional Decor

      Bring your front door back to basics with red and silver ornaments nestled in fresh greenery. This look is sophisticated and works on a traditional or contemporary home.

    • Play with Pastels

      The deep jewel tones common during Christmas aren't right for every home. If you're looking for a change, try a pastel palette, like the white, sea green, and butter yellow shown here.

    • Try the Coolest Front-Door Secret

      Our Holidays editor came up with a nifty trick for making matching swags for outdoor light fixtures. See her secret!

    • Add Fresh or Faux Flowers

      If you live in a temperate climate, you might be able to make front door decorations with seasonal flower displays, such as poinsettias. To dress up the arrangement, try selections in an accent color -- here, white adds a pop of bright against the brick. If your weather isn't so mild, go for faux flowers that you can reuse year after year.

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    • Play with Modern Shapes and Colors

      An unconventional wreath (made from an antique serving dish) is the centerpiece of this modern holiday door, but every detail counts. The bold ornaments, lime ribbon, and contemporary plantings combine for a cool Christmas look.

    • Change Your Holiday Greeting

      Most seasonal displays are fairly static, but small elements can help you add a bit more personality to your front door decor. Here, a tiny chalkboard allows the homeowners to add a changing message on the front door wreath. Other ideas: a countdown to Christmas, or ribbon or wreaths that change weekly.

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      Use a Symmetrical Design

      When in doubt, a symmetrical arrangement of Christmas decorations always looks polished. Spiral topiaries welcome guests onto the landing, where an evergreen arch accents existing architecture.

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      Choose an Unusual Accent Color

      Add an unexpected accent color to your Christmas decorations for a fresh front door. Here, ripe oranges and a tangerine-color ribbon make classic pine green pop.

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      Use Garden-Inspired Christmas Door Decorations

      This large, leafy garland and matching front door decorations are made from evergreen branches, pinecones, berries, apples, magnolia leaves, and festive holiday ribbon. At nighttime, the intertwined lights add a cozy, cheery glow. Use it as inspiration for your front door, or add your favorite festive elements.

      Editor's Tip: Purchase a long evergreen garland to serve as the base, then use florist's pins and hot glue to secure embellishments.

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      Learn to Make Easy Christmas Wreaths

      Create your own front door decor with these simple-to-make Christmas wreaths.

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      Decorate Front Yard Trees and Shrubs

      Instead of simply accenting your front door, try integrating the rest of the front yard into your design. Here, simple lit orbs add unexpected brilliance to the large tree. The lights also make the house as attractive by night as it is by day.

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      Add a Twist to Your Front Door Decor

      Wreaths are a lovely addition to nearly every front entryway. But there are other items that can add seasonal interest to your door. Here, ice skates -- tied with a bit of greenery and ribbon -- dress up the traditional entry.

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      Match Front Door Decor to Architectural Style

      If you're new to Christmas decorating, use your home's architectural style as inspiration. Traditional homes look great in classic decorations, while rustic homes call for a more casual setup. Here, a cozy cabin gets dressed up with simple, unadorned fresh greenery -- two wreaths and a garland.

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      Rely on Color for Contrast

      One way to make your Christmas door decorations stand out is with color. White is a great contrast to dark or bright-color doors. Here, wooden snowflake cutouts are spray-painted white and hot-glued into wreath form. A wide double ribbon adds a simple, elegant finish.

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      Decorate All Your Surfaces

      If you have a large front entryway, you're lucky: You have more room to add pretty holiday accents. One way to unify them is to choose just a few materials to repeat, such as the grapevine and fir shown here.

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      Create a Wreath from Nontraditional Materials

      Evergreens and pinecones are standard elements for front door decorations, but unconventional materials will make your door stand out. Here, rolled-up cones of printed paper, torn from an old book, are glued to a wreath for a graphic update to a Christmas classic.

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      Balance Your Christmas Door Decorations

      Ornate doors and wide front entryways need little decoration. Instead, add accents to the surrounding areas to create the perfect holiday look. Two containers flank this wide entry, playing off the elegant front porch's symmetry. Bright silver and red ornaments accent both the containers and the evergreen wreath.

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      Add Glitter to Your Christmas Door Decorations

      Sparkle and shine are synonymous with the season. Use this pretty silver front door decoration as inspiration to create your own glittering welcome. Purchase a silver wreath, or paint a grapevine wreath using metallic spray paint; add a sparkling ribbon, and weave in silver and blue ornaments. For another sparkling color scheme, use gold and bronze decorations to glam up your Christmas door.

    • How to Make a Christmas Wreath
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      Make a Festive Yarn Wreath

      A simple wreath base and some yarn are all it takes to create a beautiful door decoration this Christmas. See how!

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      Use Seasonal Colors for Christmas Door Decorations

      Play up the traditional Christmas red-and-green color scheme with a modern spin. If you have a green door, accent it with an all-red wreath and place bright red flowers on the front porch. Don't have a green door? Play around with other color schemes, such as white and blue (good for lighter doors) or silver and gold (good for darker doors).

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      Go for Traditional Decor

      You can decorate a door for Christmas in a way that's both classic and fresh with traditional accents. Hang a medium-size boxwood wreath with a bright red bow in the middle for pretty texture and style. Add symmetrical accents on either side of the door to complete the look, such as the shaped topiaries shown here.

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      Use a Single Color

      There is a surprising array of diversity in the green color spectrum, from deep and rich to light and bright. These simple and traditional Christmas door decorations focus on color variations to add visual interest. A green ribbon adds luster to an evergreen wreath, while tiny lights brighten the garland around the front door.

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      Transform Premade into One-of-a-Kind

      It's easy to customize an ordinary garland for extraordinary impact. Small holiday ornaments secured with hot glue coordinate with this red front door and add bright pops of color to a premade pinecone garland. Tall lanterns, adorned with small sprigs of berries, lead the way to Christmas celebrations.

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      Adorn Seasonal Items for Christmas Door Decorations

      Lean a vintage wooden sled next to the front door and decorate it with a small garland, pinecones, ornaments, and a bright red bow.

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      Pretty Christmas Wreaths

      Deck the halls with these gorgeous winter wreaths that will bring holiday cheer to your Christmas decor. Christmas wreaths are often made with fir, but we share alternative wreath supplies that could inspire this year's front door.
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