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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Touches of Green for St. Pat's

Accent your house with homemade Irish decorations this St. Patrick's Day.

On the Lamb

Create a focal point on your table with a miniature pasture arrangement. Set an antique cake or candy mold in the center of a shallow tray and surround it with a thin layer of potting soil and baby's tears plants. Keep the soil lightly moist and the plants will last a week or more in this temporary display. Herbs, such as creeping thyme or parsley, also would work.

Lucky Roll

Tie a stem of oxalis onto a napkin with thin twine or ribbon to make your family or guests feel especially lucky.



Growing Good Luck

Oxalis plants, commonly called "shamrocks" at this time of year, make vibrant spring displays when planted temporarily in glass pails. Hang your little pots o' luck on door handles or line them up along a mantel shelf. For a longer-living houseplant, oxalis can be transplanted into traditional pots with drainage holes. 


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Message in a Bottle

Dress up a collection of pretty green glass bottles by wrapping them with copper wire. Use your imagination to create designs that suit your fancy. Twist copper craft or jeweler's wire (available at crafts stores) into net patterns. Or wrap wire around the middle of a bottle, secure in the back, and form a button-like knot in front by twisting a short length of wire around the bands.

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After a Pattern

Use large-scale medallion and border stencils to turn a plain tablecloth into a visually dramatic accent you can use year-round. Lay a tablecloth on a flat surface and place the stencils, securing them with a bit of tape. Fill in the designs with fabric paint, using medallions on the corners and aligning border stencils along the sides.

Celt Classics

Good-looking stencils and a box of paints are the secret behind these sophisticated pieces of art. Lay the stencil on a sheet of watercolor paper and use painter's tape to hold the stencil in place. With a light touch, fill in the design with acrylic paints or watercolors; create light and dark areas to give the image depth. Once the paint is dry, layer the painting on craft paper of a coordinating color to give it a matted look, and display in a simple glass clip frame. Stencils are available at

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Bless the Light

A collection of smooth river rocks and votive candles in rustic clay pots evoke the rocky shores of the Irish coast and its companion lighthouses. Line votives in a shallow dish and surround with rocks of various sizes. Tuck in bits of moss for a hint of green. Expressing a seasonal wish is the stone etched with "blessings."

Irish Gift Tag

Avoid getting pinched on the 17th by declaring yourself "Irish Today." Paint a metal-edged vellum gift tag (available at crafts stores) green, and punch a small hole on both ends of the tag. Using thin wire, string letter beads into words. Lay the beads on the tag and thread wires through the punched holes. Attach the wire ends to a safety pin on the back of the tag.

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