Celebrate the Fourth!

spring Fireworks, sparklers and Lady Liberty. It's America's birthday, so celebrate her beauty in your own backyard this Fourth of July with an Independence Day party made easy.

With carefree decorations, craft projects and recipes, you can plan a party that would make Washington himself proud. After all, it's a day to celebrate our independence, freedoms and immense good fortune -- so let the fireworks begin.

entertaining ideas
Brighten up your garden with 10 easy-to-grow annuals
Learn which wine will go best with your barbecue on the Wine 101 message board
Create an instant -- and colorful -- display with 10 fabulous container gardens
Get inspiration from how other women are spending America's birthday
Find backyard barbeque ideas on the Entertaining at Home message board
Make a rosemary and tomato oil
Spice it up with tomatillo salsa
Find more great recipes in the Summer Food Guide

crafts with a spark
Make festive handmade napkins and placemats
Create a festive 5-minute centerpiece
Stencil a flag design on a tablecloth
Light up the night with glass jar lights
Decorate the yard with charming painted pots
Create a rustic feel with tin can lanterns

Erica Walsh is a part of the Home & Garden team. This Fourth of July she will be watching fireworks from the deck of the Carnival Triumph over the Caribbean Sea.

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