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

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Spicy Citrus Wreath

Extend a cheerful holiday welcome with this fragrant wreath.

This colorful wreath smells almost as good as it looks.

Making the full traditional style of wreaths is easy if you begin with a purchased grapevine base and glue or wire clusters of leaves to it. For an even faster alternative, use a fresh or artificial fir wreath as a base and insert lemon leaves from the florist or magnolia from your yard for contrasting texture. To make lightweight wreaths to hang indoors, try the holly and ivy wreath or the kumquat ring; both start with a metal ring such as you'd use for macrame.

What You Need:

  • Fresh lemon leaves (salal)
  • 5 small oranges
  • 25 kumquats
  • 4 dried orange slices
  • 24 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 pinecones
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 14-inch-diameter grapevine wreath
  • Medium-weight floral wire

Instructions:

1. Clip the lemon leaves into 8- to 10-inch-long branches. Push the branches into the grapevine wreath, working around the wreath so all the stem ends point in the same direction.

2. Wrap floral wire around the lower scales of each pinecone, twisting the wire ends together to form a tail.

3. To wire the oranges and kumquats, push a piece of floral wire through the fruit near one end. Bring the wire ends together and twist them tightly close to the fruit. Don't clip the wires. Gather the kumquats into bunches of five and twist their wires together.

4. Attach the pinecones, oranges, and kumquat clusters. Twist the wires tightly around the vines on the back of the wreath.

5. Glue the orange slices and cinnamon sticks in place. Cut long orange-peel curls from the remaining oranges and drape them as shown.

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