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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How to Make a Watercolor Ornament

Put a snowy day to good use by whipping up a tree full of these ornaments. Although the designs look like tiny works of art, they're actually simple stamps enhanced with watercolor pencil shading.

What You Need

  • 2-x-2-inch square of watercolor paper
  • Snowman rubber stamp (We used American Art Stamp's Snowman with Spotted Scarf.)
  • Black permanent waterproof ink pad
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Artist's paintbrush
  • 2-x-2-inch frame and two glass slides (We used Ranger INKssentials Memory Glass and Memory Frame.)

How to Make It

  1. Ink the stamp with black and apply it to the center of the paper.
  2. Let the ink dry.
  3. Color the snowman's body and head with watercolor pencils, shading the edges darker and leaving the middle uncolored.
  4. Moisten the brush with water and dab off the excess on a paper towel.
  5. Starting at the white areas of the snowman, wipe the brush into the darker colored areas to blend small areas as you go.
  6. Wipe off and rinse the brush as needed.
  7. If you have too much water on the paper or make a mistake, blot with a paper towel and let dry. Color and moisten each area of the stamped image individually in the same manner.
  8. After completing the snowman's body and head, proceed to the nose, buttons, scarf, and ground. Finish with the background.
  9. To prevent the colors from bleeding, allow each area to dry before moving on to the next.
  10. When the paper is completely dry, place it between two clean glass slides.
  11. Carefully open the frame.
  12. Insert the glass in the frame and close.
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