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fourth of July decorating ideas??/?

my grandma always rents a cabin in the mts this year it will be on the 4th the state park has a decorating contest.. What should we use and do to try and win?

See if you can get some red, white and blue lights (like the ones used on Christmas trees) and arrange the lights on the roof or the side of the house in a flag configuration. If there is a covered porch, staple patriotic fabric here and there from the upper edge to make ‘curtains’ near posts and tie them back with red ribbons. String lights around the porch, front door or in a tree. Set up an outdoor entertainment area with a picnic table decked out in red, white and blue tableware.
Buy flags (check the dollar store) and place them in pleasing spots. Perhaps you can get a hand full of the small flags with wooden sticks and place them on each side of the walkway to the door. Have the entire family wear red, white and or blue on the 4th of July. You can buy patriotic fabric and swag it outside under the windows. If you have any lanterns you can hang outside, you can slip a piece of blue velum paper inside to project a blue light. I would really play up the lights because that will be the best show at night time. Bring along thumb tacks and alot of partiotic wide ribbon and outline some of the outside windows or the door. You can get that inexpensive crep paper wide ribbon and wrap it around posts or make streamers from the branch of a tree near the outdoor entertainment area.

Go to the dollar store and just see what they have in the way of red, white and blue things you can use. You can buy a few 4th of july cards and tack them to your front door in a checkerboard pattern. Craft stores sometimes have patriotic paper in the scrapbook section along with solid colors. Take the paper and cut it to fit inside a plain drinking glass, stick a tea light in the glass and you will have an inexpensive decoration for the table. Do this to several different size glasses with different papers and you will have a great centerpiece on your table. Turn the glasses over at bedtime or if it rains to keep them fresh. Bring a wide, long yellow ribbon and tie it around an old oak tree.

I hope some of these suggestions will inspire you. With a little creativity, you can accomplish anything. Good Luck

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How to make brownie pizza and decorate brownies

Your family loves your brownies, but they seem a little too simple to take to a party, right? Here are two great decorating ideas from Betty Crocker Kitchens to add some pizzazz by using creative brownie toppings. Baker and author Liv Hansen shows you how to make festive brownies using frosting and sprinkles, AND how to make a brownie “pizza” with summertime fruit toppings.

How to make brownie pizza and decorate brownies

Decorate Festive Brownies
You can decorate brownies with whatever topping you choose. Liv Hansen uses red, white and blue star sprinkles and a frosting drizzle for a Fourth of July party.

1. Bake brownies in a 13 x 9 baking pan.

2. Soften some vanilla frosting for 15 seconds in the microwave.

3. Take a fork and dip it into the softened frosting then drizzle it across the brownies.

4. Decorate the brownies by sprinkling decorative candy stars over the top of the brownies. The stars will stick to the frosting.

Brownies and Berries Fruit Pizza
When decorating a brownie fruit pizza, you can give this delicious dessert a casual look by randomly sprinkling the fruit on top, or for a more elegant look, arrange the fruit in a pattern. Here, Liv Hansen makes a cream cheese frosting and tops the dessert with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and finshes it with an apple jelly glaze.

1. Bake brownies in a large pizza pan.

2. To make the frosting add some sugar and vanilla to the softened cream cheese and mix until well combined.

3. Use an offset spatula to thinly spread the frosting over the cooled brownie in the pizza pan. If you want brownie pizza crust, leave the edges of the brownie pizza bare.

4. Arrange the fruit of your choice over the frosting.

5. To add a little sweetness and shine soften some fruit jelly of your choice in the microwave for about 30 seconds and use a pastry brush to gently brush it over the fruit.

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