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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Make Your Own Glittery Glass Ornaments

Step back in time with ornaments that recall glitter balls of the 1950s and 1960s. Paint swirled inside clear glass balls creates a snow-white canvas for striped designs done with red, green, and silver glitter.

What You Need

  • Clear glass ball ornaments
  • White glass paint
  • Double-sided craft tape: 1/4 inch wide for vertical-striped ornament and 1/8 inch wide for horizontal striped ornament
  • Superfine glitter: green, red, and silver
  • Glass glitter
  • Small disposable bowls
  • Clear-drying glue in a fine-tip dispenser
  • Ribbon: 1/8-inch-wide red, green, and silver

How to Make It

Paint the Ornaments

  1. Remove metal cap from the ornaments.
  2. Pour a small amount of the white paint into each ornament and swirl it around until paint has covered the entire inside.
  3. Turn upside down and let set until dry.

Embellish the Ornaments

  1. For Vertical-Striped Ornament: Apply two lengths of 1/4-inch-wide tape to divide the ball into quarters, beginning and ending at the top.
  2. Pour the desired color of superfine glitter into a bowl, and press the tape into the glitter until the tape is completely covered.
  3. Use glue to make dots or scallops along both edges of the 1/4-inch-wide stripes.
  4. Holding the ornament over another bowl, sprinkle a second color of superfine glitter over the wet glue.
  5. Let dry.
  1. For Horizontal-Striped Ornament: Apply a length of 1/8-inch-wide tape to divide the ball in half.
  2. Press the tape into a bowl of the desired color of superfine glitter, completely covering the tape. Use glue to make a zigzag line along each edge of the 1/8-inch-wide stripe.
  3. Holding the ornament over a bowl, immediately sprinkle a second color of superfine glitter on the glue.
  4. Add second zigzag lines next to the others and sprinkle with a third color of superfine glitter.
  5. Let dry.

Finish the Ornaments

  1. Apply glue to all remaining outside surfaces.
  2. Immediately cover the glue with glass glitter.
  3. When the ornaments are dry, replace the metal caps and insert an 8-inch length of ribbon through the hanger of each one.
  4. Knot the ribbon ends together to form the hanging loops.
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