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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Vintage Halloween Decorations

Get inspired by this home haunted with collected vintage and artisan Halloween decorations.

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    • Vintage Halloween Pottery Display

      Majolica pottery -- stored year-round in a hutch -- complements the seasonal addition of Halloween decorations. The whimsical rectangular plates in back are paper pieces produced by the American Dennison Company between 1930 and 1950.

    • Scary Dining Room Decor

      Halloween collector and artisan Bruce Elsass throws frightfully whimsical parties in his home, decked out in fanciful antique Halloween decorations. Take inspiration from his approach for ways to display your own collectibles. The decor in Bruce's dining room is typical of 1920s party decorating with exotic paper lanterns, colorful streamers, and ghoulish pumpkin faces. The room's focal point is a grinning Beistle black cat centerpiece that's nearly 80 years old.

    • Stacked Pumpkin Scene

      A contemporary cat holds a lit jack-o'-lantern for the freeloading birds circling his tail. Their backdrop is a former doll's chest made from old orange crates and filled with German papier-mache pumpkins. For collectors, the smaller the pumpkins, the greater their value.

    • Skeletal Sentinel

      A grinning skeleton holds court among cobwebby desserts. The homemade paper-pulp skeleton is held together with wires. The figure is surrounded by a permanent display case of antique bottles and jars, dressed up for the party with spray-on spiderwebbing. Dare kids and adults at your party to pick up candy and cookies at the skeleton's feet.

    • Vintage Pumpkin Decorations

      Rare 1940s jack-o'-lanterns flank The Sheepish Boy, a one-of-a-kind reproduction of a pumpkin-headed lad carrying a pumpkin basket. In back, a vintage Fairy Seed Company poster coordinates with the rich orange wall when the Halloween decorations are gone.

    • Antique Halloween Noisemakers

      The noisemaker on the left is a German antique. On the right is a reproduction made of tin and pressed paper and filled with beans.

    • Handcrafted Vintage Halloween Decorations

      A collection of American hard-plastic Halloween memorabilia from the 1940s and '50s lines the shelves of this hutch. Unlike the mass-produced plastic creations of today, each of these collectibles is handcrafted. Most of the pumpkins, watermelons, and other vegetables have human features such as bright eyes and toothy grins. The effect is eerily fun.

    • Scary Faces

      This 3-inch grimacing pumpkin is a collector's favorite. Also on the table are rare lapel pins from the 1920s. Combined, they create an eye-raising tableau.

    • One Frightful Ghost

      Aim for a focal point in each room to spark conversation. This striking ghost wearing a top hat came from Disney World's Haunted Mansion; only about 1,000 were made, so it's a collector's dream.

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      Black Cat Halloween Decoration

      This papier-mache black cat by folk artist Jack Roads provides a game of chance as well as decoration. Hidden beneath one of the jack-o'-lanterns is a pea -- take a chance and guess which one. The cat's clown companion is by artist Cody Foster.

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      A Salvaged Halloween

      Search salvage shops, house demolition sales, and estate sales for creepy old architecture to add mystery to your Halloween lawn decor. Here, an ancient wooden post serves as a cheesecloth-covered perch for a faux crow.

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      Halloween Party Tips

      Planning a Halloween party? Try these tips from Halloween collector and Bethany Lowe Designs artisan Bruce Elsass for transforming your home into a whimsical haunted house.

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      Take inspiration from a talented Halloween artist for collecting and displaying new or vintage Halloween decorations.
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