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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Cottage Gone Patriotic

An overall red-white-and-blue color scheme unifies the rooms in this renovated cottage, where basic furniture was acquired from local flea markets. Anything that didn't fit the color scheme was painted or spiffed up with new fabric, throws, or pillows.

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    • Porch Perfect

      On the porch, vintage rattan pieces were revived with new paint, cushions, and pillows. When open, 4-foot-wide doors hung from barn door tracks let the porch and kitchen function as one room.

    • Catalog Dining

      The family often eats on the porch or patio, but the informal dining area catches the overflow. The dining table was ordered from a catalog and a flea-market chandelier was spruced up with paint, shells, and shades.

    • Seashell Art

      Old printers' boxes -- a flea market find -- became easy art when seashells were glued inside the typeface cubbies. Scrubbed pine floors look bright and natural in a sheer polyurethane finish.

    • Inviting Living

      In the living room, textural surfaces and mix-and-match throw pillows invite guests to plop down wherever they want.

    • Beachy Cool Bedroom

      Part of the new addition, the master bedroom feels voluminous because of its high ceilings and an airy iron bed. The house's coastal setting inspired the sand-colored grass cloth walls.

    • Framed in White

      The homeowner made most of the wall art or sought out inexpensive seaside-theme prints from home stores and secondhand shops; re-matted and framed in white, they look crisp against the white walls.

    • Seashell Mirror

      In the master bathroom, crisp beaded-board walls and shutters are accented by a shell-covered mirror frame.

    • Island Style

      Open shelves on the walls and island display collections of yellowware and tin picnic boxes.

    • Kitchen Order

      The country-style kitchen cabinets and farm sink, stock items from a local home store, are personalized with plaid textiles, cutlery wind chimes, and a container for keeping DIY paintbrushes at the ready.

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      Patriotic Kids

      Two sisters share this cozy bedroom done in mismatched red, white, and blue prints. The bedding is the result of shopping sales for linens in these coordinating colors.

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      Cottage Charming

      This summer home's cottage charm was emphasized with shake shingle siding and three new dormers.

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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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