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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Elegant Halloween Party in Black, White & Silver

Deviate from the standard plastic masks and carved pumpkins this Halloween. Host a party that's as elegant as it is eerie -- combine a spooky blend of black and white with hints of silver.


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    • Spooky Arrival

      Halloween doesn't always have to be pumpkins and silly costumes. Take a walk on the elegant side and host a Halloween fete that's sophisticated yet suitably bone-chilling with overtures of mad science. Decoupage your house number with skeleton images onto white plates and stack in a plate rack outside your front door. Guests will know they've arrived at the correct house, and they'll get a glimpse of things to come.

    • Haunted Lair Entrance

      Welcome guests inside to a haunting vignette. Display a medical-supply skeleton near the front door as the official greeter. A spooky entry table boasts a framed tarot card and tarnished silver accessories. Gloomy black-and-white prints add to the somber mood.

    • Eerily Elegant

      Set the table with unmatched stemware, mismatched candlesticks, and unpolished silver pieces for a harried effect. A length of velvet fabric with a subtle cobweb design is draped over a white tablecloth.

    • Favorite Characters

      Slipcover dining room chairs with lab coats (we rented ours from a theatrical shop). Wrap a coat around the chair with the front facing out. Pin the arms of the coat to the front of the chair with safety pins. Make name tags for the coats using notorious Halloween character names, such as Dr. Jekyll, Morticia, and Dr. Frankenstein. Cut small rectangles of black foam-core for the tags. Type names on a computer and print out; cut to fit on the foam-core tags, and adhere them with glue.

    • Table of Intrigue

      Decoupaged chargers stand in as place mats for the spooky place settings.

    • Seasonal Linens

      Inexpensive cloth napkins get costumed for Halloween with iron-on transfers. And unlike seasonal paper napkins, they can be used year after year. For an extra chill, use ring-shape pet store bones as napkin rings.

    • Dinner Is Served

      Customize a menu of dinner favorites with names that fit the party theme. (For example, buffalo wings become BBQ Bat Wings.) Give guests a taste of what's to come by printing menus on white cardstock and cutting them into tombstone shapes. Use plastic skeleton hands to hold the menus. To get the silvered effect, apply one or two coats of gray spray primer to the hands for complete coverage; let dry. Apply two coats of metallic silver spray paint, allowing ample drying time between each coat.

    • Head on a Platter

      Invite this skull to the table to be the frightening centerpiece. Apply one or two coats of gray spray primer to a plastic skull for complete coverage; let dry. Apply two coats of metallic silver spray paint, allowing ample drying time between each coat. Place the dried skull atop a black cake stand, and coil a black feather boa (available at crafts stores) around it.

    • Elegant Favors

      Silver wire nests cradling glass eggs become fanciful party favors. Perch a beady-eye black bird atop the nest for a spooky look.

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      A Touch of Red

      These aptly named Black Magic roses evoke the color of blood and add a chill of horror to any setting at Halloween. Display the roses in silver mint julep cups.

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      Haunting Apparitions

      Sand a back corner of an old mirror until it's clear, feathering it at the edge. Print a photo of a frightened face onto translucent paper and again onto white paper. Tape the translucent print to the back of the mirror, then tape the white print behind it, slightly off-center for a ghostly image. Hang silver spray-painted bones around the mirror for a creepy frame.

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      Mix and Mingle

      After dinner, invite guests to linger near the gloomy fireplace, where frightening wares continue the table's haunting theme. The vignette is swathed in icky spiderwebs, which are actually cheap white pantyhose that have been cut, ripped, and stretched, then held in place with puttylike tacky wax.

      Editor's Tip: The key to realistic cobwebs is in the stretching. Whether you're using faux webbing or white pantyhose, keep pulling so virtually every strand is visible.

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      Set the Scene

      Create a haunted look by dressing your mantel with black candles, a faux raven, tarnished silver accessories, and a skull under a glass cloche. No fireplace? Set up your accessories on a coffee table or bookshelf.

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      Anatomy Lesson

      For a Frankenstein's lab-inspired art display, scour your basement, dollar stores, and thrift shops for old white plates and bowls. Search the Internet for free clip art images of skulls, skeletons, and other anatomical prints. (Think images from old medical textbooks.) Print your finds in black-and-white, then decoupage them onto plates and bowls. For this seasonal display, use removable adhesive picture-hanging strips to avoid making nail holes in the wall.

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      Creative Ideas for Halloween Party Themes

      Want to host a Halloween party but aren't sure where to start? Browse our creative Halloween party themes--for both kids and adults--to get inspired by decorating ideas and delicious menus and recipes. Bonus: We have free downloads to make everything extra-easy!
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