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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Dead & Breakfast Inn: Haunting Halloween Yard Decorations

Don't expect much R & R at this Halloween-theme inn. The guests are skeletal, the concierge ghoulish, and the decor haunting. While you wouldn't want to sleep at the Dead & Breakfast Inn, it sure makes for a spellbinding outdoor Halloween lawn display.

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    • Welcome One & All

      Where can a ghoul go to rest her tired bones? To a dead-and-breakfast, of course, where the guests have expired long before their welcome. Welcome Mr. & Mrs. Skeleton to the Dead & Breakfast Inn by transforming your yard into a graveyard of hospitality.

    • At Your Service

      This concierge (a Halloween store mannequin) has been serving at the dead-and-breakfast since 1892, but his demeanor is just as friendly as ever. He greets each guest with the promise of a quiet stay: There are no activities planned, and once you check in, you can never check out. Download the free card pattern, and glue it to heavy cardstock. Fold the card in half and display on a butler's tray with a concierge bell.

    • His & Hers

      Create a relaxing haven for guests right in your front yard. Make this "boo-doir" by pounding a rusty iron bed frame into the ground. Top the bed with ancient-looking linens -- tea-stained white pillowcases. Print out the words "HIS" and "HERS" from a computer, cut out, and trace onto the pillowcases; fill in the letters with black permanent marker.

    • Turndown Service

      Take haunting hospitality to the next level. Leave a few mints and a single rose on the bed to welcome guests to their luxuriously spooky accommodations.

    • Final Resting Place Suite

      Create a comfy spot for spirits to relax using secondhand finds (such as a discarded headboard, a breakfast-in-bed tray, and an old lamp). A skeleton guest won't have any complaints about his room.

    • Parting Words

      No worries about bed bugs here -- it's the dead bugs that may pose a problem. As any good host would do, be sure to warn your visitors of the creepy, crawly intruders with a bedside sign.

    • Defy Gravity

      This skeleton won't be complaining about a lumpy mattress since he prefers to levitate while sleeping. Assemble this bed by screwing a cleat into the headboard and footboard of a cast-off bed. The cleat creates a ledge for a sheet of clear acrylic -- the perfect resting place for a levitating skeleton. (Dimensions of acrylic sheet will depend upon the width of the bed and the size of the skeleton.)

    • Common Courtesy

      Even the dead don't like to be disturbed. Use this simple warning sign to make sure no one wakes up the skeleton guests.

    • Guardians of the Dead

      These crows stand guard to protect the resting skeleton. Not to mention they add a creepy accent to your dead-and-breakfast scene.

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      Morning, Sunshine

      After a night of rest, a macabre breakfast is in order. The blushing bride, still in her gown (scour thrift stores for inexpensive garb), lingers over her morning meal while chatting with a crow.

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      Sit Up Straight

      The trick to keeping this bride's perfect posture in order is a well-hidden support system. Use string to tie the skeleton's spine to a chair spindle so she can enjoy her breakfast without diving skull-first into it.

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      A Matching Set

      Fine hotels pride themselves on matching flatware and tableware. Fake a perfect set by spray-painting assorted wares with black spray paint.

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      Centerpiece Star

      Tie the table decor in with the rest of the spread by spray-painting candlesticks with black spray paint. Top the candlesticks with miniature pumpkins and a crow to serenade guest with its squawking song.

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      Homeward

      Mr. and Mrs. Skeleton will be whisked away by horse and buggy to their graveyard home after a honeymoon stay at the dead-and-breakfast.

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      Happily Ever After

      For this couple, the honeymoon phase may never end. Give wedding vows a whole new meaning with a timeless wish painted on a weathered-wood sign.

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      Pretty Front Entry Decorating Ideas for Fall

      Use these pretty fall decorating ideas to add pizzazz to your porch this autumn. Whether it's a gourd, wreath, or full porch display, you're sure to find beautiful fall inspiration for your front entry.
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