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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Gingerbread Houses

Kids can create their own gingerbread house with this easy-to-make cookie.

Everyone loves to decorate gingerbread houses.

You've heard of tree-trimming parties. Why not host a house-trimming party? Gingerbread house, that is. Think of this yummy gathering as a practice session for dolling up your big house. Try a colorful window treatment here; a swag of magical lights there; even a fanciful front door wreath -- all of it easy to gobble up and redo if you and the kids don't like the finished look. That's the beauty of our cookie decorating project.

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While you're at it, let the kids invite a few friends over to help. The cookie set-up is painless. Just have plain gingerbread cookie houses baked, ready, and waiting for the decorative details. You'll also want to have an assortment of colorful candies, cereals, and ready-made icings on hand. Our four designs get you going with can-do confidence.

North Pole Workshop

North Pole Workshop: Dressed in the latest reds and greens for the holidays, this little cottage sports lime and cherry gumdrops and shiny lollipop windows.

Techinicolor Palace

Technicolor Place: 'Tis a lively house clad in eye-popping hard-candy rounds, jelly candies, and peanut-butter-filled chooclates. What more can we say?

Grandma's Thatched-Roof House

Grandma's Thatched-Roof House: Cereal squares, tiny marshmallows, toffees, and candy rolls lend a woodsy look to this natural-hue house.

Princess Cottage

Princess Cottage: Crunchy pink cookie shingles, fruit-flavored oval jelly candies, and bright gumdrops add a magical flavor to a palace fit for royalty.

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