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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Felt-Covered Christmas Ornaments with Flair

Follow our basic steps for these felt-covered ornaments trimmed with combinations of ribbons, sequins, and fabrics.

What You'll Need

  • 9x12-inch felt pieces in assorted colors
  • Scissors and pinking shears
  • 3-inch- and 4-inch-diameter Styrofoam balls
  • 1/2-inch straight pins
  • Three 5-yard spools of holiday ribbon in 1/8-, 1/4-, and 1/2-inch widths
  • 1/2-inch and 1-inch pearl, gold, and colored corsage pins
  • 5/8-inch spoke sequins, in assorted colors, silver, gold
  • 10-millimeter and 8-millimeter sequin cups: red, gold, silver, iridescent, turquoise, green
  • 3-5 yards of assorted silver and gold trims
  • Colored rickrack in 1/4- and 5/8-inch widths

Download the free patterns.

  1. Download the free patterns, print, and cut out. Trace the oval pattern onto felt and cut out six pieces for each ball; set the star pattern aside.
  2. Place the pieces close together, pinning into place. Align top and bottom edges, and pull each piece downward tightly to ensure the felt surface is smooth. Adjust pieces to fit the ball (narrow spaces between pieces can be covered later with ribbons), repinning the piece edges to the ball as necessary.
  3. Cover seams and pins with ribbons cut to fit the ball's circumference. Place the widest ribbons first, and then top with narrower trims. Center a ribbon over a seam, and pin to the ball's top center. Pull the ribbon down around the bottom of the ball. Secure the ribbon at the bottom center with a pin, and wrap back around to the top of the ball; secure with a pin.
  4. Trace a star pattern onto felt and cut out. Place a felt star on top of the ornament, positioning the points between the ribbons. Secure the star to the ball with pearl-head pins placed around the star's outer edges and radiating from the center out to each tip.
  5. For the hanger, tie a length of ribbon into a loop and pin to one end of the ball.
  6. Use sequins, pins, and different trims to make a variety of ornaments.
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