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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Exciting Exteriors

Remember your home's exterior when decorating for the holidays. With these inspiring photos and tips, your doors, windows, and fences will beam with seasonal spirit.

Adding fresh fruit to a wreath base or swag of greenery imparts bright color and a feeling of welcoming abundance.

A Fresh Array

Pineapples symbolize hospitality.

Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables to create a "fruitful" wreath like the one shown here. Pick different colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. Use floral wire to attach the fruit to a wreath base or a swag made of simple seasonal greens. Pineapples and oranges have a long tradition as holiday gifts, as their exotic origins signified abundance (and their vitamin C content contributed to good health).

Because fresh produce can be heavy, don't overload your wreath. And be sure to use a sturdy nail or hook to support the finished project.

Natural Influences

Pomegranates provide cheery red color.

A wreath like this one has natural appeal for the holidays. Here, a foam base is covered with thin sheets of birch bark, then balls of grapevine, birch, and branch shavings were attached, along with pinecones, pomegranates, and fresh greens. Gold ribbon, miniature ornaments, and a rope garland add the finishing touches.

Go Grape

Flowers are a perfect match for a grapevine wreath.

A grapevine wreath lasts forever and can be decorated for any season. Add dried flowers singly or massed for a touch of color. Raffia, cord, and household twine provide attractive homespun alternatives to the customary colored ribbon. Miniature wreaths decorated with individual flower buds make pretty candleholders.

Grains like wheat and oats serve a dual purpose when used as outdoor decor, filling in bare spots and serving as food for feathered friends. Plan to replenish these decorations at least once during the holiday season.

Window Wheat

Birds love milo, millet, and wheat.

Treat the birds to a winter feast and your home to an elegant touch. To decorate your empty window boxes as shown, partially fill each box with sand and insert bundles of wheat. Add more sand around the bundles to keep them standing. Finish by wrapping each box with a garland of milo, millet, and wheat stems wired together.

More Great Grains

Beribboned oats grace a fencepost.

Hang sheaves of wheat and oats on doors, or tie them with wide ribbon to posts or trees, as shown. Trim the sheaves with more bird-friendly treats such as berries, popcorn and cranberry garlands, and dried orange slices.

You can also cut slices of stale bread into holiday shapes with cookie cutters, then use a bit of wire to attach the shapes to your bird-friendly decoration, or hang it from one side with an ornament hook. Or make a whole garland for the backyard by stringing together cutouts from a variety of breads, like white and pumpernickel.

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