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In two days, we can all sit back, relax and appreciate the country we live in. Until then, have you prepped for your Fourth of July plans? It doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you’re throwing a huge party or a small get-together, make sure you have these patriotic essentials to help get you started:

This holiday is usually revolved around grilling. Take the classics to the next level this year with our favorite recipes, like Mexican corn (topped with cotija cheese, yum!) and cumin shrimp and avocado gazpacho, which is a lot easier to make than it sounds — promise! And don’t forget the dessert!

Blue Velvet Cupcakes

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Not sure how to decorate? Patriotism and style can live in harmony. Dress up your outdoor table in red, white and blue linens in contemporary graphic patterns for a chic way to celebrate.

Fourth of July Table Setting

To entertain your guests, make easy flameless party crackers with treats inside. It will be a huge hit with both kids and adults.

How to Make Flameless Party Crackers

How are you celebrating the 4th?



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Farima AlaviFarima is the entertaining editor for HGTV.com. Aside from her job, she loves fashion, playing with her rambunctious Yorkie, Rosie, and is a self-proclaimed foodie. She lives in a house...


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