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: Carved Halloween Pumpkins, 2009

Get some great Halloween pumpkin carving ideas from these photos submitted by other BHG.com users.

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    • Furry Friends

      My Dog Spot from jen.benke2576891

      Why we picked this: This inspiring carving pays homage to a real-life four-legged friend. Well done!

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      Chimp from bob.leah_pease

      Why we picked this: We love this chimp's playful smile and the tufts of hair poking out from its ears, forehead, and chin.

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      Raccoon from debby edwards

      Why we picked this: We're impressed how this design managed to capture the curious look in a raccoon's eyes.

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      Visitors from gbenoit3

      Why we picked this: This detailed image suddenly turns an ordinary pumpkin into an inviting -- albeit haunted -- house.

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      Witch Silhouette from crydevon

      Why we picked this: The repeated daggerlike edges of this carving just scream Halloween! Silhouettes are so dramatic for pumpkin carvings, and this is a great example.

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      Say Cheese! from elizabethks1

      Why we picked this: His wide, goofy smile is downright contagious. And if that doesn't do the trick, those bright eyes will!

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      Toothy grin from ethanblackarts

      Why we picked this: Check out all those sharp edges -- yikes! Looks like somebody had fun taking a knife to this pumpkin.

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      Jack from star4806

      Why we picked this: Is there any better face for a jack-o'-lantern than The Pumpkin King from The Nightmare Before Christmas? Jack wears a detailed, stitched smile that grabbed our attention.

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      Sally from star4806

      Why we picked this: Jack's co-star from The Nightmare Before Christmas looks mighty good on a pumpkin, too. We bet those hollow eyes were just begging to be carved out.

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      Pooh Bear from bob.leah_pease

      Why we picked this: Not all pumpkins have to be scary. A sweet carving design is always refreshing and kid-friendly, and this carving was done well.

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      Maleficent from Willie896

      Why we picked this: This evildoer from Disney's Sleeping Beauty is so realistic that she almost comes to life with that glowing backlight. And we're impressed by the detail of her wardrobe.

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      Headless Horseman from jmacneill1645000

      Why we picked this: Such an intricate piece of work belongs on a storybook page instead of a pumpkin. We love how the torch glows in such a fiery way.

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      Blue from bob.leah_pease

      Why we picked this: We'd recognize those floppy ears anywhere. It looks like Blue scadoo'd right into this pumpkin!

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      Other Great Ideas

      The Witch Is In from star.design

      Why we picked this: Our nomination for chicest pumpkin in the patch goes to this bewitching design. Its white color really sets it apart from the traditional orange gourds.

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      Other Great Ideas

      Political Pumpkins from mbbnda

      Why we picked this: These faces look familiar! We think mbbnda did a phenomenal job bringing to life BHG.com's presidential pumpkin stencils from Election 2008.

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      Other Great Ideas

      Pumpkin Burger from mehugnkiss

      Why we picked this: Out of all the pumpkin recipes out there, we've never seen anything like this. The "sesame seed bun" is especially witty.

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      Halloween Favorites

      Happy Skeleton from thechurchgirl

      Why we picked this: Wave hello! This friendly skeleton and bat prove that scary subjects can still be charming.

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