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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7 Thanksgiving-into-Christmas Decorating Tips

Williamsburg home stylist Cindy Cragg shows us how to transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas using double-duty decorating tips.

  1. Let color be your guide. Easily go from harvest to holiday with an eye-popping color combination. Cragg recommends burnt orange and deep green (think cloved oranges and magnolia) or a mellow yellow and rich brown (think yarrow and pinecones).
  2. Make it pop! "Thanksgiving decorations should feel earthy and organic," Cragg says. "Add the Christmas 'wow' with a third punch of color." Metallic gold adds elegance and sparkle to an orange and green theme. Insert burgundy touches to a yellow and brown palette for instant holiday drama.
  3. Roll out the grapevine. Inexpensive and easy to use, grapevine offers a great texture and wonderful base for Thanksgiving and Christmas decor. Create garlands, wreaths, and topiaries using your favorite seasonal items to design a unique look in your own style. "Be sure to wire your accents in clusters so that you can easily swap them out," Cragg says.
  4. Let it evolve. Start with a Thanksgiving grapevine wreath decorated with bittersweet, rosemary, and yarrow. For Christmas, wire that wreath on top of an evergreen wreath and add oranges and a gold ribbon. The same idea works well on a mantel or sideboard or in the foyer. "Think of your Thanksgiving decorations as the foundation for the fabulous holiday decorations to come," Cragg says.
  5. Mix fresh with faux. Save time by intertwining fresh with faux in your holiday displays. "I use a background of artificial and then embellish with fresh," Cragg says. "The artificial cuts down on maintenance. The fresh items add a crisp, clean, natural look."
  6. Be selective. Instead of using all the ornaments on the tree, pull out just a selection that works with your theme. Garlands or sprays are great for filling out the tree if your theme-related ornaments aren't enough. "Use leftover ornaments to fill a bowl or a hurricane globe," Cragg says.
  7. Decorating is more than meets the eye. Scents are a big part of the holidays. Cragg recommends incorporating herbs like fresh rosemary into Thanksgiving decorations and cloves or cinnamon for Christmas. "Just be careful not to use strong scents that compete with the food or dominate the aroma on the table," Cragg says.

Cindy Cragg is a home stylist and holiday decorator inspired by the truly timeless traditions of colonial Williamsburg. To find more of Cragg's tips, check out www.williamsburgmarketplace.com.

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