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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How to Make Wood-Dowel Candleholders

Flickering red tapers are set in straw-colored candleholders constructed from unfinished wood dowels, beads, candle cups, and wheel bases.

What You Need

Paper Snowflakes

  • Red and white paper
  • Scissors
  • Small paper punch

Candleholder

  • 1/2-inch-diameter dowel
  • 2-1/2-inch-diameter wheel
  • Wood glue
  • Seven wooden beads
  • Small candle cup

How to Make It

Paper Snowflakes

  1. Measure and cut paper into a 9-inch square.
  2. Fold the square in half horizontally, then in half vertically.
  3. Rotate the folded square so that the center point is at the top, then fold the square in thirds vertically.
  4. Cut out snowflake openings along the folded sides and trim the bottom edge as desired.
  5. Unfold the snowflake and punch a hole in one paper point for hanging. Note: If you do not want the folds to show, use the folded and cut snowflake for a template, trace it onto paper, and cut out using a crafts knife.

Candleholder

  1. Glue the dowel into the hole in the center of the wheel; let dry.
  2. Place two narrow lines of wood glue along opposite sides of the length of dowel, then thread the wooden beads onto the dowel.
  3. Wipe away any excess glue.
  4. Glue the candle cup onto the end of the dowel.
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