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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Double-Duty Decorating: Thanksgiving and Christmas

Decorate once to dazzle twice. Assemble one of these four fall displays, and with a few simple switches, you'll have a fresh look for winter.


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    • Good Enough to Eat

      For a fall display that lasts through Thanksgiving, group small vegetables such as squash, miniature pumpkins, artichokes, tomatillos, small red cabbages, and Brussels sprouts onto a fall platter. Carve holes into varied veggies to serve as candleholders and vases.

    • Vegetables Kids Will Love

      For a fall-to-winter display, use hollowed out red and green peppers to hold white and red roses. Add in evergreens, carrot tops, and kohlrabi along with festive candles.

    • Serving Up Style

      This centerpiece features a simple wreath placed on a glass cake stand, perfect for fall and winter. Find a clear glass lamp shade and place it facing up in the center of the wreath (on the cake plate) to hold a candle.

    • Complementary Colors

      For fall to Thanksgiving, gently tuck dried flowers such as golden yarrow, brown wood roses, burgundy celosia, and grasses into the wreath. Then add a fall colored candle inside the glass shade.

    • Delicate Reds & Greens

      For winter, remove the fall flowers, leaving the plain wreath intact. Insert small pieces of evergreens, white winterberries, green hops, red pepper berries, and frosted beads. Replace the candle with a red or white one.

    • Berries and Beveled Glass

      Get creative. Experiment with real and dried greenery when creating your own unique centerpiece.

    • Holiday Harvest

      Use a pedestal urn in a distressed ivory color as the base of this project ¿ which can be used both outdoors and indoors.

    • Pumpkins and Pomegranates

      For fall, arrange smaller fruit and veggies with autumn tones into an attractive grouping. This example uses pomegranates, golden beets, pumpkins, gourds, artificial grapes, red onion, apples, and bittersweet.

    • Ornaments and Evergreens

      For winter, Christmas ornaments in sparkly jewel tones replace the veggies and flowers in the same pedestal urn.

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      Sparkling Urns

      Tucking in fragrant evergreens around the ornaments adds a warm touch to this seasonal display.

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      Glowing Fall Centerpieces

      This fall candle arrangement is colorful and inexpensive. Simply layer dried corn, burgundy cockscomb celosia, pale-green dried hops, and brown oak leaves inside a wide cylinder vase. Then place a pillar candle in a narrower glass and center it.

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      Creative Uses for Corn

      Be sure to change the candle if it burns low to avoid letting the flame get close to the dried leaves and flowers.

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      Wonderful Winter Decorations

      To change your centerpiece into winter colors, simply replace the corn with frosted white luster gems. Replace the fall flowers with imitation red grapes, variegated privet, and white paper roses. Swap in a red candle and you've recreated your table!

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      Roses and Berries

      Don't forget to change candles once they burn low enough to come close to the dried flowers and leaves.

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