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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Glimmer-Swirls Ornaments

Swirls of glaze and glitter ice these ornaments like frost on a windowpane.

What You'll Need

  • Delta Sparkle Glaze
  • Round paintbrush
  • 4-inch-diameter frosted glass ornament
  • Plastic or paper cup
  • Fine apparel-type glitter (gold or silver)
  • 1-inch-wide sheer ribbon to coordinate with ornament


1. Shake the bottle of Sparkle Glaze well. Use the glaze to paint freehand swirls on the top half of the ornament. Set the ball in a cup to dry. When the glaze is dry, brush glaze swirls on the bottom half of the ornament and set it in the cup to dry.

2. Add a second layer of swirls, overlapping the first. While the glaze is wet, very lightly sprinkle the ornament with gold or silver glitter. Tie coordinating sheer ribbon through the hanger loop at the top of the ornament.

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