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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Your Best Photos: Kids' Halloween Costumes, 2009

Enjoy Halloween all over again by looking at these trick-or-treaters whose photos were submitted by BHG.com users.

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      Butterfly from mmmcatee

      Why we picked this: With pom-pom butterfly antennae, this first-time trick-or-treater is sure to get some sweet attention.

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      Lion from lkvannortwick

      Why we picked this: This kid looks ready to roar in his lion costume. And check out that wild yarn mane!

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      Shark from barcena3

      Why we picked this: We had to laugh when we laid eyes on this sweet roly-poly shark.

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      Little Stinker from jdittman1676111

      Why we picked this: Somehow, this furry little critter in the grass makes us want to cuddle with a skunk. Yes, she's that cute.

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      Teddy Bear from i>c_paa

      Why we picked this: Could he look any cuddlier? We didn't think so, either.

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      June Bug from creativePeeps

      Why we picked this: June's apronlike wings are perfect for this simple costume.

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      Puppy Jack from kimbernic1

      Why we picked this: We have never seen a kid so excited to be a puppy! His smile is absolutely contagious, and we love his spots.

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      Snow White from lkvannortwick

      Why we picked this: This little girl makes a classic costume extra special with her wavy black locks. The oversize red bow in her hair adds the finishing touch.

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      The Pumpkin King from shandee3333800

      Why we picked this: We love his wonderfully frightening face paint! Those hollow eyes and wide grin grabbed our attention right away.

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      Baby Ewok from Julie Thorup

      Why we picked this: This costume was inspired by the baby's "perfectly sweet cheeks and big eyes," then pieced together with different elements of animal-costume patterns. We love the creativity!

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      Man in Yellow Hat & Curious George from estanding

      Why we picked this: This classic duo makes knock-out costumes for two. Baby sister looks ready to live up to the Curious George moniker!

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      Dorothy & Cowboy from tavalon4114054

      Why we picked this: The little dude's cowhide-and-red combo says "howdy." Is that Toto we see in Dorothy's basket? Sure, the pair may not be a common couple, but they sure are cute together.

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      Raggedy Ann from erinmaybanks

      Why we picked this: This darling mop-top is too cute to ignore, and she's got the nose and lips to match her striking hair.

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      Hello Kitty from cochran41

      Why we picked this: It's hard to believe that this kitty costume was handmade -- and that it stayed so sparkling white.

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      Garden Gnome from naysway2002

      Why we picked this: This convincing gnome seems at home in his front-porch garden, and the clever costume looks simple to put together.

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      Jack(son) in the Box from tia84201

      Why we picked this: Why not turn a kid into a life-size version of his favorite toy for Halloween? Besides, as with this costume, our favorite ones are the kind you can make with household items.

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      Princess Leia & R2D2 from aileencook

      Why we picked this: We can hardly believe it, but both costumes are handmade. And there's actually a kid in that R2D2 disguise!

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      Little Pumpkin from sophiebutter

      Why we picked this: This little pumpkin would blend right in with the rest of the patch, if it weren't for those big blue eyes!

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      Blue Witch from csuedial47

      Why we picked this: Her blue-on-blue webby witch costume simply electrifies, and it couldn't go better with those bright eyes.

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      Hippie Dude from starhuntermom

      Why we picked this: Those graffiti pants and handmade protest sign are loud and proud. Peace, dude!

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      Volcano Top from hildyh

      Why we picked this: This kid deserves an award just for getting this intricate costume on and keeping it in one piece!

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      Popcorn from luvinmomx3

      Why we picked this: Is that real popcorn? We think so! And it makes for an original kid's costume that, frankly, makes us a little hungry.

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