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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Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults and Kids

Make a quick Halloween costume that's the star of the party. Our free costume patterns ensure that you stand out in the Halloween crowd without investing a lot of time or money.

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    • Rain Check Halloween Costume

      If party guests haven't figured out your Halloween costume by the time you're ready to bid farewell, just let them know you'll take a Rain Check on their guesses.

      To make this costume: Print the check mark pattern, below. On the back of a duct tape sheet, trace around the reversed check mark; cut out. Cut out four equal-length strips about 1/2 inch wide from another duct tape sheet. Arrange in a square on a rain slicker.

    • Catch 22 Halloween Costume

      For the guys in your family, a simple baseball-theme costume works great. Here, a catcher's mitt and a well-placed sign offer a Catch 22 play on words.

      To make this costume: Print the 22 pattern, below, onto an adhesive label sheet. Cut out and adhere the printed label to a foam-core board. Using a utility knife, trim around the design. Place the design inside the baseball mitt. Complete the Halloween costume with baseball attire.

    • Hole in One Halloween Costume

      At first glance your friends may guess that you've simply dressed up as a golfer, but will they take a swing at guessing you're actually a Hole in One?

      To make this costume: Print the Hole in One pattern, below, onto iron-on transfer paper. Use the design in reverse so it will be transferred in the right direction on the shirt. Using an iron and following the manufacturer's instructions, secure the design on the shirt. Let cool. Complete the costume by wearing golf attire and carrying a golf club.

    • Smarty Pants Halloween Costume

      A straight-A student is something to be proud of. This time it's OK to flaunt it with a pair of Smarty Pants.

      To make this costume: Print the worksheet and report card patterns, below, onto adhesive label sheets. Trim and set aside. Draw stars and an A+ design on the backs of duct tape sheets, making sure designs are big enough to cut around. Cut out and set aside. Adhere all pieces onto jeans, using this photo for reference.

    • Ceiling Fan Halloween Costume

      We've got spirit ... in the form of a pun-filled Halloween costume. This rowdy getup will have sports fans scouring their minds to figure out you're a Ceiling Fan.

      To make this costume: Print the Go Ceilings! pattern, below, onto iron-on transfer paper. Use the design in reverse so it will be tranferred in the right direction on the shirt. Using an iron and following the manufacturer's instructions, secure the design to the shirt. Let cool. Complete the costume with sports-fan props, such as a foam finger and pom-poms.

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