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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Gifts to Buy for Budding Bakers

If your idea of baking is adding oil to a boxed mix and putting it in the oven, knowing what to gift your baker friends could be a challenge. We've taken out the guesswork for you with this list of crafty, useful, and creative gift ideas. The best part? When you get your favorite bakers gifts, they'll probably repay you in cupcakes -- yum!

  1. Pinned Perfection. Pinterest is the motherboard of bakers' dreams come true. Pin your favorite BHG.com baking recipes to gather inspiration for a homemade recipe book, or download one of our mini cookbooks.

    Get our best dessert recipes.
    Print our free bite-size desserts cookbook.
  2. Hit the Books. Cookbooks not only have page after page of tasty recipes to try, but they often give great tips for budding bakers. Buy them recipe books based on the type of baking they like best, such as a cupcake recipe book for your sweetie with a sweet tooth.
  3. Go into Eco Mode. Every baker is going to be making countless trips to the grocery store and crafts stores for supplies. Eco-friendly shopping bags and gift cards to their fave places can be gifts that keep on giving.
  4. Get Classy. No matter how well any baker can bake, presentation is everything -- or at least that's what they say on all those bake-off TV shows. Decorating classes can inspire their inner artists and help them learn the tips and tricks on how to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods.
  5. Homebaked Love. We're taking bets right now on how your bakers were first drawn to the oven -- and a good percentage is voting on a family member like you or Grandma. If you're gifting your kiddos, build them recipe books or boxes filled with all the best homemade recipes that you and your mother used to bake. If they're friends, seek out their family members for special recipes. (And make sure they keep it a surprise!)
  6. Tools to Get the Job Done. We all know that the stand mixer is a baker's best friend. But there are other kitchen utensils that are great tools to have in the kitchen. Follow baking bloggers to find out the best buys.
  7. Tasteful Jewelry. Baking-inspired jewelry exists, and it's a surefire hit for your buddies who bake. Search crafting sites, such as Etsy.com, for unique ideas or jewelry makers who can create a custom piece just for your pastry chefs.
  8. Mix It Up. Though baked goods usually have structured recipes, there are always the bakers out there who like to push the recipe boundaries with unique ingredients (think beer, cheddar, bacon). Give them a combination of ingredients they can play and bake with that they wouldn't normally buy for themselves.

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