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Festive 4th: More Recipe Ideas

4th of July recipes

What are you guys planning to serve on the 4th? These ideas from Everyday with Rachael Ray are looking pretty tasty to me! {clockwise form left} Mango-Ginger Mocktails, Balsamic Potato and Green Bean Salad, Berry Cakes with Cinnamon Whippped Cream (yum!), Grilled Corn with Parmesean Butter (double yum!).

And if you’re on the lookout for some "patriotic" cocktails, I featured a few ideas (pictured below) on GlamDish today…click here for the details.

4th of July recipes

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Festive 4th: Sweets & Treats

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Berries are an easy way to give sweets a patriotic feel! Case in point – festive treats from Martha Stewart’s Red, White, & Blue Desserts gallery…

Red, White, & Blue Parfaits
Red, White, & Blueberry Trifle (This dessert looks so pretty – and store-bought pound cake cuts down your prep time!)
Flag Cupcakes (Try substituting small blueberries for the piped "stars" to make the flag decoration even easier.)
Summer Shortcake

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Simply Stated: Sales & Sea Themes

summer entertaining sales

Today on Simply Stated: Celebrations – cool summer sales & beach-themed entertaining finds from Pottery Barn & Crate&Barrel.

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Festive 4th: Cocktails & Garnishes

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Vons.com has some great July 4th cocktail (or mocktail) inspiration. I’m especially loving these watermelon stars – simple idea, but super cute!

For an unique signature drink idea, check out these Blueberry Limoncellos garnished with a blueberry skewer (or alternate blueberries & raspberries for a patriotic feel), or – even easier – try using frozen grapes in place of traditional ice cubes to add some color to clear sodas & cocktails.

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Save the Date: Downloadable Birdie

4th of July decorations

While visiting LotusHaus the other day, I stumbled on this wonderfully creative, downloadable "Save the Date Birdie " created by designer Carlene Concepcion , which she created for her upcoming wedding this September. Talk about imagination!  Speaking of which…can you imagine how creative the actual wedding will be?!

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