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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Northern Light Holiday

In Scandinavia, the sun shines for only a few scant hours on December days, but the warmth of the holidays still shines bright.

So much splendid winter white invites contrast at Christmas. Even a modest tree makes a strong silhouette, its dark branches striking a dramatic pose agains walls and windows free of pattern and color.

Red decorations pop out from the white backdrop with a graphic, candy-cane effect. Like the style itself, the Scandinavian holiday ornaments are clean and simple. And in the best folk tradition, they're straight form the heart.

Straw has a long-standing history in Scandinavian celebrations as the material of choice for making ornamental goats, believed to pull the sleigh of "Jultomten" or Santa. Bring a little of that tradition indoors with these simple ornaments. All you need is a few strands of straw, glue, and red raffia ribbon.

Straw, wheat and other natural materials are saved from the fall harvest in Scandinavia to make simple holiday decorations. In this star-burst wreath, wheat sheaves radiate from a central circle decorated with green sprigs and red berries.

In ancient times, evergreen boughs were believed to house the gods of growth and rejuvenation. Bringing branches indoors in winter was believed to be a way to harness the gods' life-giving powers.

With their bold green color and fresh scent, it's understandable how the myth was started. And boughs in an entryway are always as welcoming as the promise of spring that they hold.

Scandinavian simplicity is evident on the mantel where tall white tapers are stair-stepped in two groupings and offset by chunky pillar candles. A sheer white mantel scarf trimmed in white lace unifies the arrangement and serves as an underpinning for a garland of wheat and evergreens.

Made from sheer white fabric, the simple stockings are edged in wide white lace for a classic, handmade look typical of Scandinavian country style. To tie in with the tree decorations, the stockings are accented with red wooden heart-shaped ornaments.

The effect makes the stone hearth with its warm fire even more appealing as a place for friends and family to gather and share good times.

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