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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Top Holiday Ideas of 2013

As you ring in the New Year, look back on the best of the holidays. These recipes, crafts, and videos were your favorites and could inspire your celebrations in 2014. Make sure to pin them for next year!


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    • Top Halloween Recipe: Pretzel Owl

      This kid-friendly Halloween treat flew into many users' hearts this holiday. To make an owl, dip large soft pretzels in melted white candy coating. Layer sandwich cookies, white candies, and chocolate chips for wide-open eyes. Use leftover candy coating to attach black licorice for eyebrows. Dust with black sugar, add a black jelly bean nose, and use black licorice candies to make feet.

    • Top Pumpkin Stencil: Flame-Design Pumpkins

      How to Make It:

      1. Enlarge our stencil to suit the sizes of your pumpkins.
      2. Gut and carve pumpkins, leaving the stems in place.
      3. Create a log surround. Stack the largest carved pumpkins on the bottom.
      4. Light votive candles to create the flicker of flames.
    • Top Halloween Costume: Smarty Pants

      This Halloween, you loved the simplicity of a star-student costume idea.

      To make this costume, print the worksheet and report card patterns, below, onto adhesive label sheets.  Draw stars and an A+ design on the backs of duct tape sheets. Adhere all pieces onto jeans, using this photo for reference.

    • Top Halloween Video: How to Clean Out a Pumpkin

      People looking for less mess and our top carving tip (hint: it involves which end you start from) came to our new pumpkin-carving video in record numbers.

    • Top Sweet Fall Recipe: Apple Crisp

      Who doesn't love apples? This delicious apple crisp enticed a lot of Pinterest love in the fall.

    • Top Savory Fall Recipe: Soft Baked Pretzels

      Pretzels are having a moment. These made-at-home soft versions feature basic ingredients and great instructions so you can master the trend in your own home.

    • Top Outdoor Fall Idea: Container Gardens

      Gorgeous outdoor containers inspired your fall decorating. Here's a guide to a favorite mix:

      A. Blue fescue (Festuca glauca): one

      B. Chrysanthemum 'Cecilia': two

      C. Strawflower (Bracteantha 'Sundaze Golden Yellow'): one

      D. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Burgundy Giant'): one

    • Top Thanksgiving Recipe: Anything Sweet Potato!

      Sweet potatoes were the side of the season! Whether baked or mashed, in a pie or in a casserole, the sweet spud graced many of your Thanksgiving buffets in 2013.

    • Top Thanksgiving Video: Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

      See one of our top recipes come to life -- a chocolate-cookie-crusted pumpkin pie topped with a chocolate glaze -- in this video that many Thanksgiving chefs watched before the holiday.

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      Top Christmas Craft: Pyramid Candy Holder

      Whether treat holders or party favors, these cute Christmas crafts were a seasonal standout. Our free download includes a pattern and instructions.

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      Top Christmas Decorating Idea: Rustic Living Room

      A clean, simple living room decorated with natural elements, including grain-sack stockings, olive leaf wreaths, and oversize jars filled with colorful candy, was a most-inspiring space this Christmas.

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      Top Sweet Winter Recipe: Peppermint Dream Cake

      Make-ahead instructions and two layers of incredible flavor made this delightful winter cake a holiday season favorite.

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      Top Savory Winter Recipe: Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

      An incredibly popular casserole on Pinterest, this is a go-to dish for a lot of Better Homes and Gardens users. It appeared in our 100 Days of Holidays e-newsletter in late fall.

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      Top Christmas Cookie: White Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread

      Announcing the winner of our Ultimate Holiday Baking Vote-Off! Dunk a cherry-loaded shortbread cookie in white chocolate and sprinkle with red-and-white nonpareils for an adorable (and popular!) Christmas cookie.

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      Top Holiday Ideas of 2012

      'Twas a season of cooking (with apples and pureed pumpkin), decorating (with natural elements), and crafting (with felt) on We've gathered the top 15 holiday projects and recipes of 2012 -- we bet you'll find a familiar idea or two.
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