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Better Homes and Gardens July 2013

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between friends

Going Fourth In our family, the Fourth of July toggles between two types of celebrations. Some years, we get together with friends at a concert or fireworks display, adding our blankets to hundreds more spread out patchwork style, with kids darting between waving glow lights and streamers. Other years, we skip the crowds and spend the Fourth gathered around a backyard table, with red, white, and blue touches and a supply of sparklers to keep us in the spirit. (See page 9 to pull together the look.) No matter where we are, we pause to celebrate America’s birth as a nation and reflect on the goodness we strive for as a country. Over our 237-year history, America has grown to represent some pretty fine characteristics: Inspiration. Innovation. Resilience. This month, our issue…

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soak up summer & win!

At BHG, we’re celebrating summer. We bet you are, too. Show us how! Enter our Soak Up Summer contest and sweeps for a chance to win a grand prize of $2,500! Learn more at BHG.com/BHGSummer FOLLOW US! On Instagram, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of BHG. HOW TO ENTER Follow Better Homes and Gardens on Instagram (@betterhomesandgardens). Then post your favorite summer photos; tag them with #BHGsummer. Our judges will choose weekly winners, who will each receive $250. A random drawing will select one grand prize winner, who will receive $2,500. See entry details on page 161. summer entertaining made easy THROW AN ICE CREAM SOCIAL Go beyond your typical backyard bash. Extreme ice cream sundaes and summer drinks are the perfect combo for a memorable summer get-together. BHG.com/IceCream EASY FOURTH OF JULY DECOR…

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birthday bash

MAKE IT SPARKLE Use food-safe sparklers as showy candles. With the sides left unfrosted, a red velvet cake looks positively patriotic, and food-safe sparklers add extra sizzle. (Expect some ash from the sparklers, but it’s nontoxic and OK to eat.) Cake recipe on page 138. Cake sparklers, $1.10 for eight; shoppartytime.com Honor the grand old flag with party decor that’s all about stripes—from the table to the favors to the dessert. GLITTERY GARLAND Tie Mylar strips and crepe paper to clothesline. TRY THIS! Stripe the table with red runners. $12.99 each; kmart.com $3 VASE DRESS-UP They’re French fry liner papers! worldmarket.com For flag picks, above, wrap a 6-inch piece of ribbon around a skewer, then secure with double-sided tape. American flag grosgrain, $1.98 a yard; mjtrim.com Our printables are the basis for two easy favors: coasters, below…

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46% The increase in number oficed coffees served in the past five years. Regular or flavored, there’s no denying this is the sipper of summer—from June through August last year, Americans cooled off with more than 300,000 cups! If you’re looking for a chilled java fix at home, remember these three words: coffee ice cubes. Seriously, it works! Sleight of sand Bring on the bucket brigade! July is peak season for sand castles, with competitions popping up from Long Beach, Wash., to Revere Beach, Mass. Check sandsculptingevents.com for events across the country, or design your own sandy citadel. “Use a lot of water—it’s what bonds the sand together,” pro castle artist Sue McGrew advises. “Make sure every last grain is wet. You can sculpt with almost anything—plastic forks, butter knives, straws, and paintbrushes.”…

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celebrate america

American-made is all the rage, and we couldn’t be more proud. Here’s a roundup of our favorite American classics—and a few destined-to-become-classics that we can’t resist. 1 BIG WHEELS KEEP ON TURNING Bowery Lane Bicycles | New York Reminiscent of old-school cruisers, these single-gear bikes with metal fenders, 26-inch tires, leather seats, cork grips, and handlebar bells remind us that life is about the journey, not the destination. $695; bowerylanebicycles.com 2 BLANKET STATEMENT Pendleton Woolen Mills | Portland, Oregon Early blanket weavers studied Native American mythology and color preferences when designing Pendleton’s 100-percent-wool blankets. Today you can find the same signature Native American-inspired patterns on rugs, jewelry cases, backpacks, and computer bags. The popular National Park Collection features seven bright patterns and graces blankets, throws, and bath towels (Rainier blanket, pictured). $12–$218; pendleton-usa.com 24 lbs. Amount of…

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under one roof

AT HOME WITH Brenda Vizzi, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware WHAT I LEARNED Color makes such a big difference in a home. The bright, cheerful colors in this house make me feel lighter. WORDS OF WISDOM Decorate your house in your own style. It needs to be something that’s pleasing to you and that makes you feel comfortable. Four o’clock is prime porch time for Brenda Vizzi. She grabs a glass of iced tea and rounds up the troops—three grown daughters, five grandchildren, anyone who happens to be around. “The dog walkers are starting!” she announces. But cute neighborhood Yorkies and Labradoodles aside, her real motive is bonding time. Everyday moments—“just really simple things”—are what make her Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home so special. “It’s the interaction with family that I love about this place,” she…