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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Easy Mother's Day Flower Arrangements

Vibrant blooms and fun garden gifts are the perfect way to say "Happy Mother's Day" to your very special mom. For Mother's Day, flower arrangements that are as special as they are easy, look no further than BHG.com.

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    • Pitcher of Peonies for Mother's Day

      Peonies are a classic and beautiful choice for a Mother's Day flower bouquet, especially because they bloom abundantly April through June. Gather a bunch into a pretty pitcher for a refreshing twist on the traditional vase, and display them inside or outside.

      Editor's Tip: Ants tend to be attracted to peony buds, so before bringing them inside, turn them upside down and gently shake out the ants. Or dip the bloom in a bucket of cool water for a few seconds or until all the ants are gone.

    • Decorated Drinking Glass Bouquet

      Make a lovely flower vase for Mom by decorating a glass. Wrap a simple band of ribbon around a basic drinking glass or candle votive and secure with double-sided tape. Fill the glass with Mom's favorite flower. We used pretty pink peonies here.

    • Glass Bottle Mother's Day Vase

      Surprise Mom with a thoughtful gift, as well as a new use for an old glass bottle. Clean out an old bottle (we used a narrow-necked medicine bottle) and fill with Mother's Day flowers of your choice, such as these cosmos and sweet peas.

    • Take-out Box Bouquet for Mom

      Frosted plastic carryout boxes make perfect, inexpensive containers for Mother's Day bouquets. Buy a couple of different sizes and colors for variety (available at crafts stores) and fill with flowers of the same color.

      Editor's Tip: Place the blooms inside a short, water-filled glass before setting the bouquet into the box.

    • Tray of Rosettes for Mom

      Create elegant Mother's Day place markers in a snap by placing a single flower (we used roses) in a short drinking glass. Put one at each table setting or gather several onto an attractive tray and use the cluster of blooms as a darling Mother's Day centerpiece.

    • Mother's Day Garden Flower Arrangement

      For a nature-inspired Mother's Day gift, decorate a small container garden with a wooden bird, a small twig nest, and a couple of glass eggs. Wire the nest to branches secured in the soil to keep it stable.

    • Glass Jar Mother's Day Vase

      Place old botanical- and garden-theme postcards inside recycled glass jars for a whimsical Mother's Day gift. Put a handful of pretty pink snapdragons, or another flower on hand, into a small vase and slide the vase into the glass jar.

    • Seashell Mother’s Day Vase

      Bring back pleasant beach vacation memories by employing a keepsake shell as a unique vase this Mother's Day. Fit the opening of a seashell with wet florist's foam, then push in flower stems, such as the ruffly parrot tulips shown here, for a gorgeous Mother's Day bouquet.

      Editor's Tip: If you don't have any seashells on hand, you can purchase them at crafts supply stores or at seashellworld.com.

    • Wrapped-Up Vase

      Dress up a plain vase with grosgrain ribbon (usually less than $1 a yard). Hot-glue one end of the ribbon at the bottom, wrap it around the vase in evenly overlapping layers, and glue the other end at the top. Add a ribbon tie, and pin on a tag. After the flowers fade, the vase makes a cute pencil cup.

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      Bouquet Tote Mother's Day Gift

      Hang a Mother's Day surprise on a doorknob or hook for Mom to find. Fill a colorful tote bag with a bouquet of bright blooms, such as these cheerful lilies. Mom will love this flower arrangement, and she'll get a lot of use out of the tote, too!

      Editor's Tip: Put the flowers in a small vase before placing the flowers inside the tote bag.

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      Ribbon-Wrapped Dessert Cup

      Dress up a simple dessert cup by adhering patterned paper around it. A sweet pink ribbon finishes off the look, and short-stem white flowers add a quiet elegance.

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      Pretty Peonies

      Pamper your Mom with peonies this Mother' Day. To create the vase, decoupage a piece of lace onto a plain white watertight container. This gift lasts long after the flowers are gone.

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      The Write Stuff

      A decorative pencil cup is a cute cachepot for a nosegay of anemones. Arrange them in a small vase or drinking glass that sits inside the cup. Tie on colorful pencils with string.

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      Bowl of Mother's Day Flowers

      For a brilliant bouquet this Mother's Day, group an array of peonies in a low bowl from the kitchen cupboard, and display them in Mom's room or bathroom. Look for varying shades of pink, white, and purple peonies, and stick in some greenery for contrast.

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      Spice of Life

      For the chef, a marble mortar plays host to a small clutch of orange-yellow ranunculus. Cut the stems to 6 inches, and arrange them in a low, tight dome. Tie a gift tag around the pestle.

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      Fish Bowl Flower Arrangement for Mom

      A repurposed miniature fish bowl makes a fun vessel to hold a Mother's Day flower arrangement. Wash out a glass or plastic fish bowl and fill it with water and bright blossoms, such as these cosmos.

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      Garden Party

      What better gift for a gardening Mom than pretty tools for the labor and a hint at its lush rewards? Gather a riot of poppies, wrap a pair of garden gloves around the stems, and bind with twine. Tie on a hand tool to finish the package.

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      Bird's Nest Bouquet for Mom

      Give Mom a Mother's Day flower arrangement that signals appreciation for her gift of life.  Wire a wreath to the top of a round twig basket to get the look of a bird's nest. Instead of eggs, fill the center with roses and ferns arranged in water-soaked florist's foam and moss.

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      Living Gift

      Give Mom a present she can plant outside by putting a blooming bulb inside a vase (or even a simple can) and wrapping it with decorative paper. Pinked edges, a bit of ribbon, and a stamped tag make the gift extra special.

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      Fruit and Flower Gift for Mom

      For the mom who loves bright, cheerful colors, place yellow flowers -- in this case, double yellow tulips -- in a clear vase filled with kumquats and water.

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      Fast Wrap

      A quick wrap of decorative paper (wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper, or wallpaper) dresses up a cylinder vase filled with cut flowers. Use double-sided tape to hold the paper in place.

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      In Step

      Stand sunflowers in a kicky pair of garden boots. Don't worry -- these hearty blooms can be out of water for a few hours without losing their zest for life.

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      Pretty in Pink

      A mass of pink ranunculus offers a sweet counterpoint to its rustic country container. Individual cans make arranging easy. Cut stems short, and place a small bunch in each can.

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      Rose Bowl Float

      Hot pink spray roses are especially beautiful displayed behind glass. Float them in stemless wine glasses, using warm water to help the petals open fully. Present with a bottle of wine wrapped in decorative paper.

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      Blooms in a Bulb Planter

      Bulb planters are great for getting your flowers in the ground, but they also make adorable flower containers for Mother's Day. Place a small container inside the planter; fill with water and a dozen stems of your mom's favorite blooms.

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      Simple White Vase

      Fill a pretty white vase with a simple arrangement of pastel roses. Show Mom how much you care by serving up this arrangement with her favorite breakfast.

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      Fresh Asparagus-Wrapped Vase

      Give Mom something fresh -- literally! Wrap two rubber bands around a cylindrical vase, stick stalks of asparagus into the rubber bands until the vase is covered, tie with twine, and remove the rubber bands. Fill the vase with water and Mom's favorite flowers.

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      Vibrant Blooms in Jam Jar

      A clear jam jar is the perfect container for a colorful flower arrangement. Place Mom's favorite fruit around the base of the jar to set the scene for a fun meal together.

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      Painted Vase

      A touch of white paint gives a vintage look to a basic vase. Simply swirl white glass paint inside an old glass. Allow to dry, fill with water, and add a few short-stemmed flowers.

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      Blooming Bows

      Lush living "bows" top gift boxes with sweet spring attitude. Slip the stem of a ruffly rose or peony through the top of a woven box (or a slit cut in a paper box) and into a floral water pick hidden inside the box.

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      Hanging Basket

      Brighten a bedpost or dining room chair with a paper basket filled with flowers. Roll decorative paper into a cone and secure with tape. Tuck a small plastic cup inside, and fill with water and pretty sweet peas.

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