Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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9 Tips for Making Christmas Presents Pretty

Creative Memories consultant Michelle Reese shows us how to jazz up the holidays with creative DIY gift tags and personalized gift holders.

  1. Use what you have. "You can use anything you have lying around the house," Reese says. Wrapping paper, construction paper, and old calendars and magazines work great for decorating gift tags and containers.
  2. Get out the cookie cutters. These holiday tools are great for creating more than cute Christmas cookies. Trace cookie cutters in fun holiday shapes (think candy canes, stars, trees, and stockings) for super-simple gift tags. "Big chunky shapes work best," Reese says.
  3. Add photos. Pics of friends and family instantly personalize gift tags. "With kids in school, you get all those tiny wallets -- they're great to use on gift tags," Reese says. "Photos are fun way to accent."
  4. Wrap it up. Turn dollar-store jars and tins into festive holiday gift containers for cookies, candy, and trinkets. "Just wrap decorative paper around the container, attach with double-sided tape, and add a few ribbons," Reese says. "With a little effort, it looks handmade."
  5. Reuse old Christmas cards. Cut or use a tag-shape punch on the part of the picture you like. To make tags thicker, mount the back with cardboard or card stock, and pen a holiday message -- or "To" and "From."
  6. Attach the trimmings. For a quick and easy way to add a punch of color (and to attach your tag), loop coordinating scrap ribbon through the tag's hole. "Combine two or three colors to jazz it up," Reese says.
  7. Sprinkle some holiday sparkle. Use loose glitter to accent different parts of your homemade gift tags and containers. But remember, Reese warns, less is more. "You don't need oodles of glitter to make it look fun -- just add a little to sparkle it up," Reese says.
  8. Create your own pretty paper. Reese recommends decorating brown craft paper with holiday stamps to create personalized gift wrap. "Use letter stamps to create holiday messages," Reese says.
  9. Give in style. Add a personal touch to gift cards or cash by creating homemade holiday gift holders. To do it, fold an 8-x-8-inch piece of sturdy paper in half. Fold down the top left corner to open it up, seal bottom edges, and decorate. "It's a little more fun than handing somebody a plain envelope," Reese says.

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