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 Festival of Christmas Trees

The editors of Special Interest Publications, Midwest Living, Creative Collection, and BHG.com share their best holiday decorating ideas in the Festival of Trees and Lights.

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    • Special Interest Publications: Kaleidoscope

      These decorations take ornamental balls to a whole new level. Nearly 800 brightly colored ornaments create a rainbow that cascades down the entire tree.

    • Special Interest Publications: Tree Skirt of Ribbons

      Create a tree skirt by tying ribbons to the bottom of the tree so that they flow out from beneath. This is a great way to tie the whole color scheme together.

    • Midwest Living: Elements of Nature

      The "Bounty of the Midwest" tree is decorated with earth-tone colors and orange silk roses. To add to the natural theme, the editors used wheat bundles, dried hydrangea, and magnolia evenly throughout the tree.

    • Midwest Living: Golden Glow

      The glow of the gold lights adds warmth to the orange silk roses and wheat bundles nestled on evergreen branches.

    • Creative Collection: Array of Pheasant Feathers

      Nestled by a warm fireplace, this tree is adorned with soft, rust-colored bows and ornamental balls. Anchored in an iron urn, the tree is complete with white lights that glisten around the large pheasant feathers and fall foliage.

    • Creative Collection: Artichoke Detail

      Large, textured artichokes surrounded by ribbons are tucked within the tree to build on the nature theme.

    • Creative Collection: Pheasant Tree Topper

      Add life to your tree topper by gluing ornamental pheasants to a cone-shaped basket filled with foliage and flowers.

    • Creative Collection: Pinecone Accent

      Twelve-inch pinecones bring an outdoorsy atmosphere inside. They're attached to the tree with wire and dressed up with fall foliage.

    • BHG.com: Fantasy Tree

      Green and silver accents make the BHG.com tree a holiday favorite. Decorated with silvery netting, green ornamental balls, dragonflies, and sparkling artificial foliage, the tree brings nearly all of the seasons together.

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      BHG.com: White Santas

      Add a winter wonderland aura to any tree with a jolly, white-felt Santa. Several different Santas are tied sparingly around the tree to emphasize the holiday.

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      BHG.com: Golden Butterflies

      With wingspans of nearly 10 inches, these butterflies, dusted with gold sparkles, add life and beauty to the tree. The butterflies represent signs of spring and the gardening season.

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      BHG.com: Sparkling Pear

      This holiday pear shimmers against the white lights while drawing attention to the seasonal holiday food.

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      BHG.com: Chandelier Crystals

      Elegant chandelier crystals accented with orange and green crystal beads dangle from the evergreen branch.

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      Creative Christmas Tree Themes

      Be creative by decorating your Christmas tree with a favorite theme that suits your decorating style or your family's personality. We were inspired by a local festival of trees and have included tips for bringing the looks inside your own Christmas home. Bonus: We've included lighting tips to make your tree shine.
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