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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A Bold, Beautiful Holiday Style

In a house filled with kids, color, and creativity, an Oregon family celebrates in a very merry way.

Drive over the river. Turn left at the woods. You'll come to Carole and Bill Meyer's Portland home -- a grandchild's (and an inner child's) paradise if ever there was one. There are cabinets full of toys, closets full of dress-up clothes, and pots of paint in terrific colors waiting to be used in abundance to create artwork galore. And the holidays only make the Meyers' home even more spirited.

Most decorating color conventions are thrown aside in this bright and vibrant home with a chili-pepper red family room and a taxi-cab yellow living room. But a bit of conventional wisdom prevails: Use color where it can easily be changed -- on walls, pillows, and artwork. Upholstered furniture and other investment pieces are best left fairly neutral.

Strategies to Simplify

The bright walls actually make holiday decorating easier: Freed from the tyranny of decorating conventions, the focus can be put on a few areas with the greatest impact -- the tree, the mantel, the table -- and the rest of the house trimmed minimally with stars, candles, and flowers.

And that's actually another trick for simplifying holiday decorating: Choose a single motif, and vary it throughout the house. Carole has been enthralled with stars since gazing at a dazzling sky in Mexico one memorable night.

No doubt the colors of Mexico have also influenced her decorating choices. Made from boiled wool, red and yellow stockings and pillows add pulsating color to the practical white woodwork and upholstery.

Another decorating rule that's shattered in this house is continuity of color. Just about every room is a different color; the only thing that joins them is the intensity of the hues.

The violet-blue dining room invites lively conversation. Pure and smooth, the color is a perfect backdrop for the mottled hues and rough surfaces of the antique furniture.

Night-Sky Blue

At the end of the day, when the fairy dust of holiday activity has settled, Bill and Carole retreat to a master suite that's blissfully free of holiday excess. The walls are the restful shade of a night sky.

Just a few more glass stars for Carole's constellation, however, have found a place on the mantel along with a bowl of holiday paperwhites. And an antique star quilt on the bed carries the star theme through the year.

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