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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Easy Christmas Tree Skirts and Garlands

These tree skirt and garland ideas are simple ways to make your Christmas tree dazzle.


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    • Felt Flakes

      Make a graphic skirt from felt. Cut a large circle of felt for the base, cutting a hole in the middle and a slit to the hole. Add large felt snowflakes with fusible web and then stitch or hot-glue fringe around the edge.

    • Ring Around the Evergreen

      A circular felt skirt looks lovely at the base of a tree. Carry through the ball-ornament theme with a border of felt circles in shades of green and bright red. Look for premade tree skirts to embellish, or cut your own felt circle.

    • Cranberry Garland

      For a fresh look and a wonderful scent, gather the whole family together to help string a cranberry garland accented with fresh lime slices.

    • Snowball Garland

      Add a wintry touch to your tree with snowball garland made from glitter-covered foam balls.

    • Mod Tree Skirt

      Mimic the look of your tree's ornaments on a bold skirt embellished with colorful geometric shapes.

    • No-Sew Special

      Glue wedges of textured felt to a circular base for an instant tree skirt. Trim seams with rickrack and edge with pom-pom fringe.

    • Ornament-Trimmed Tree Skirt

      Have yourself a merry little Christmas with an easy custom tree skirt that simply bubbles with style.

    • Tree Skirt

      This skirt provides a lovely backdrop for the many presents that will soon nestle beneath the tree.

    • Feathers All Around

      With colors inspired by a vivid Mexican blanket, this festive tree skirt is infused with howdy ho-ho-ho. Frame the bright blanket stripes with a feathery edge to carry out the western theme.

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      By the Letter

      Cookie letters strung together to spell out the kids' names take the place of traditional garland on this family-friendly tree.

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      Barrel of Baubles

      Replace a traditional skirt with a shiny bucket. Stand your tree in an antique barrel, then use extra ornaments as shimmery filler.

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      Graphic Garland

      Readily available scrapbooking supplies hold the key to making this graphic garland with bold gold-edge circles and squares.

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      Jingle Jangle Garland

      Fill in the branches with garland made from scrapbooking tags and bring holiday cheer at every glance.

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      Adirondack Tree Skirt

      Soft sherpa wool runs the border of this classic tree skirt. The center pattern is a pieced-together set of 25 fabric squares in plaid and tree designs.

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      Gingerbread Friends Garland

      These gingerbread friends hold hands to create a delicious holiday decoration.

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      The Colors of Winter

      Two shapes of burlap pair up for a rustic tree skirt. Just cut the burlap, leaving raw edges, and assemble the pieces using a single topstitch.

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      Fruit Garland

      Early Americans relied on the abundance of nature to recreate their Christmas customs.

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      Sumptuous Skirt

      Make a fashion statement under your tree with a skirt made from layers of rich fabrics such as taffeta and damask. Simply wrap about 3 yards of the fabric around the tree base, tucking the unfinished edges out of sight.

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      Joyful Garland

      Beautifully coordinating papers send season's greetings on this garland. Accordion-folded centers add a ruffled accent, while lettered tags add a classic patchwork look. Attach coordinating stickers and bells and the garland sings with style.

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