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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Crochet a Candy Cane Gift Topper

Trim your tree or your gifts this holiday season with a fun and easy crocheted candy cane topper.

What You Need

  • 100% mercerized cotton -- white thread: 400 yds. (366 m); colored thread (red): 350 yds. (320 m); bedspread weight
  • Size 2 (2.5mm) steel crochet hook OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • Blunt-end yarn needle
  • Optional finishing supplies: ribbon for ties or hanging loops; 3/4-inch magnet button; fast-drying glue

How to Make It

With A, ch 9; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across -- 8 sc; ch 1, turn. Work 5 more rows of sc with A. (Join B and work 2 rows of sc; change to A and work 6 rows of sc) 3 times. *Change to B and work 2 rows of sc. With A (sc in first 4 sts, ch 1, turn; sc in same 4 sts, ch 1, turn; sc in next 4 sts, sc in 4 sts 2 rows below; ch 1, turn. Sc in 8 sc, ch 1, turn) 3 times; do not ch-1 at end of 3rd rep. Rep from * 2 more times; fasten off.

Edging

With B and RS facing, work 3 sc in sc at end of last A row; work 6 sc along straight edge of rows; 3 sc in corner, sc in every other row along inner edge of 3 short rowed sections; sc evenly along edge of next 4 sections; work 3 sc in corner st. Work 6 sc across foundation ch; 3 sc in corner; sc along rem straight edge and curved sections; join with sl st to first sc; ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc around, working 3 sc in each corner sc and working sc in every other sc along inner curve of Candy Cane; join with sl st to first sc; fasten off.

Finish

  1. Weave in loose ends.
  2. Use the piece to cut a shape from white felt.
  3. Glue felt to back.
  4. Tack package ties or a hanging loop to the back, or adhere a magnet button.
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