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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Other Trees to Consider

These trees offer up unusual beauty for your holiday decorating.

Native to the desert Southwest, Cupressus arizonica is often seen at Christmas tree lots across the southern tier of states.Its dense, pyramid shape, gray to blue-green foliage, and attractive fragrance make it a popular choice.

With its distinctive blue color, Picea pungens stands out in a crowd. The stiff branches easily support the heaviest of ornaments. But beware: the needles are sharp and capable of a painful jab. On the plus side, the tree retains its needles well. This large-growing tree is often chosen as a live tree for planting after Christmas.

This aromatic tree grows naturally in the western U.S., and has a bluish-green tint. Abies concolor retains its 2-inch-long needles -- which curve slightly -- if kept well watered.

Cupressocyparis leylandii is a popular live Christmas tree in the southern U.S. The flat fan-like branches curve upward and forma dense triangular shape. In some varieties, the foliage is blue or gray-green.

With its traditional Christmas tree shape, Picea abies looks great covered with decorations. The 1-inch-long needles can be sharp, however, and are more prone to dropping than other spruces. Keep this tree well watered.

A rich aroma draws many people to Abies balsamea. When young, balsams have a nice, dense pyramid form and make good cut Christmas trees. If you decide to buy a live tree for planting later, be aware that the tree becomes looser and less dense as it grows, losing its Christmas tree appearance.

A newcomer to the Christmas tree lots, Abies balsamea var. phanerolepis shares a lovely scent with the closely related Balsam fir. The beautiful shape and "bottle brush" needled branches create a classic Christmas tree appearance.

Picea glauca is a common cut Christmas tree, and can also be used as a live tree for planting later. The upturned branches are covered with short (1/2- to 3/4-inch) needles. To ensure good needle hold, be sure to keep this tree well watered.

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