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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3 Easy Holiday Wreaths

Ornaments, ribbons, and candy -- there's something for everyone in this trio of unique wreaths. Plus, they'll last the whole season through.

Two-tone striped ribbon plays off the candy cane's iconic colors and pattern.

What You'll Need

  • Plastic-foam wreath form
  • White satin ribbon
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Mini candy canes
  • Small ornaments
  • Red and striped ribbons

Time to make this wreath: Two hours

Instructions

  1. Wrap a plastic-foam wreath with white satin ribbon.
  2. Then layer on the candy canes every which way, hot-gluing them in place.
  3. Hot-glue on bright red ornaments and fashion a bow from three lengths of ribbon shaped into progressively smaller circles.
  4. Stack the circles, staple at the center, wrap with another piece of ribbon, and hot-glue a pair of tails to the back.

A variation on the theme: Float white ornaments on a frothy sea of turquoise ribbon.

What You'll Need

  • Plastic-foam wreath form
  • Velvet, satin, and taffeta ribbon in shades of blue
  • Floral wire
  • Floral picks
  • White ornaments
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

Time to make this wreath: Four hours

Instructions

  1. Cut lengths of velvet, satin, and taffeta ribbons. Fold them into loops, and wire several loops onto a floral pick.
  2. Cover the surface of a plastic-foam wreath with ribbons, alternating ribbon types, shades, and heights for optimal interest.
  3. Nestle pearly white ornaments between the loops and hot-glue them in place.
  4. Make the bow by layering velvet ribbon loops onto a longer piece of ribbon and gluing them in place.
  5. Wire the whole assembly to a pick and anchor it to the wreath bottom.

Lily grass is a fresh, contemporary alternative to spruce or pine boughs.

What You'll Need

  • Floral-foam wreath form
  • Chicken wire
  • Lily grass
  • Floral pins
  • Silver floral wire
  • Silver ornaments
  • Banana leaf

Time to make this wreath: Three hours

Instructions

  1. Soak a floral-foam wreath form overnight. Then wrap it with chicken wire.
  2. Wrap thin silver wire around bunches of lily grass.
  3. Stick one end of each bundle into the wet foam, then wind the grass around the wreath, securing as needed with floral pins.
  4. Twist and overlap the bundles for a loosely braided effect.
  5. Wire small silver ornaments in place, then shape a billowy bow from loops of lily grass cinched with a banana leaf. Wire the bow to the wreath bottom.
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