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Start prepping now for a fabulous Fourth of July bash

June may be slowly winding down, but in just a few short weeks, it will be time to celebrate the birth of the nation. If you have taken on the task of hosting a Fourth of July backyard bash, the moment to start organizing your big ideas is now. From festive fare and cutesy cocktails to table decor and games, you'll need to get your act in gear to pull everything off without getting overwhelmed. Here are a few tips for a successful gathering:

Red, white and blue everything
Since this holiday is meant to honor the start of our great nation, it might be appropriate to go overboard with the patriotic decorations. Transform your backyard by purchasing flag tablecloths, paper goods and cutlery as well as gorgeous red white and blue flower centerpieces and even colorful streamers to string in your trees or on the backs of your lawn chairs.

For a holiday typically marked by elaborate fireworks displays and boisterous barbecues, subtlety has no place. So feel free to add a few extra personal touches, such as red white and blue candles on each table or even by handing out colored beads or other festive items that guests can put on when they arrive.

Fourth-worthy food
Though standard hamburgers, hot dogs, steak, chicken and corn on the cob are great options to serve right off the grill, coming out with a signature and festive American flag cake might truly impress your family and friends. 

According to All Recipes, for this tasty dessert you'll need: 1 package of yellow cake mix, 1 pint blueberries, 2 pints strawberries and 1 ounce frozen or fresh whipped cream.

Start by preparing the cake according to the box and then pour it into a 9×13 pan to bake. While it's cooking, wash and dry the fresh fruit and then cut up the strawberries in either haves or thirds, depending on how large they are. When the cake is done and cooled, apply a hearty layer of whipped cream over it and then use the blueberries to create the star detailing of the flag in a square in the top left corner. Finish the cake by using the strawberries to make the horizontal stripes of the flag.

Pair this delicious and beautiful cake with a few signature cocktails or some good old fashion American beer to keep the party rolling. 

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