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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Frightfully Fun Halloween Ideas with Bats and Cats

Cast a spell on your home with these easy Halloween crafts. Spooky bats and black cats decorations crawl and flutter through the season. that are both easy and fun to make.

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    • Bat Party Favor

      Let your guests take flight with this bat container. To disguise your halloween treats, download our pattern and use to cut two wings out of black cardstock. Slip the slitted wings onto each side of a wire handle of a black take-out-style carton (available at crafts stores). Cut out colored cardstock for the eyes, mouth, and fangs. Adere with glue and fill with Halloween treats.

    • Cat-and-Rat Race Silhouettes

      Scattered along a stair landing, cardstock cutouts will make a guest's skin crawl. With a feline in pursuit, a game of cat and mouse ensues.

    • DIY Paper Bat Artwork

      This colorful specimen board is sure to draw attention when hung in your home for Halloween. To make, use a die-cutting tool or a bat punch to make 24 bat shapes from assorted scrapbooking-paper colors and patterns. Bend the wings slightly to create a multidimensional look. Cover a 12-inch cardboard or plywood square with even-weave fabric, taping excess fabric on the back. Stack two adhesive dots on the back of each bat, and press bats onto the fabric-covered square. Remove the backing from the frame, and attach specimen board to the backing with hook-and-loop squares.

    • Nocturnal Creatures Centerpiece

      Add creepy creatures to your Halloween table with this easy project. Paint shadowy creatures on white pupmkins with black acryllic paint. Create a batty centerpiece with black cardstock bats and thin wire.

    • Black Bat Doormat

      This simple seasonal doormat adds the perfect amount of spook to your front porch. To make, all you have to do is embellish a plain cocoa mat using tape and spray paint.

    • Colorful Cat Pumpkins

      Set pumpkins on their sides to create a cat face on the bottom. Simple triangle ears made from paper can be attached with pins. Learn more about painting pumpkins in the link below.

    • Going Batty Sconce

      This shelf-bracket-turned-sconce will shed new light on your nocturnal ways. A poster-board bat supported by a dowel takes flight on the bracket. Dim the lights and let the candlelight glow set a moody vibe.

    • Spooky Bat Silhouettes

      Haunt your house -- or at least your windows -- with paper bats flying every which way. Cut several sizes of bats from black poster board. Tape fishing line at different spots on the backs and heads; hang the lines from a drapery rod or cup hooks.

    • Cat Trick or Treat Tin

      Instead of treat bags, dole out these cat-theme goody buckets. Decorate an empty, unused paint can with scrapbooking papers and letters. Adhere a cardstock cat face, then spread glue on the eyes and sprinkle with mini beads.

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      Mysterious Winged Decorations

      Wrap pint-size boxes full of Halloween candy with color copies of old letters and journals. They'll look as if they were just pulled from the depths of a dusty attic.

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      Black Cat Pencil Toppers

      Instead of adding more sweets to trick-or-treaters' bags, hand out feline pencil toppers -- the kids will pounce on them!

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      Halloween Papier-Mache Cat

      With his toothy grin and a pumpkin bucket, this cool cat is ready for a night of trick-or-treating! Reminiscent of vintage figures, ours is fashioned from plastic foam, dowels, and painted papier-mache.

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      Batty Trick or Treat Bowl

      For a cute, simple way to serve party treats to your goblin guests, add bat wings to a plastic pumpkin bowl.

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      Easy Bat Candles

      Add a warm glow to your party by attaching black paper bats to inexpensive glass candleholders with double-stick tape, and then cover the entire unit with orange glassine. The bats appear to be flying right at you!

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      Halloween Cheshire Cat Decoration

      Created in pieces, this Cheshire cat can be resized to fit on almost any rooftop. Paint the eyes and teeth with glow-in-the-dark acrylics, add a bright bow tie, and you'll have a showstopper cat who's ready to shine on this big night out.

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      Bat Pumpkin

      This bat is sure to terrify intruders with its frightening, luminous eyes.

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      Eerie Luminarias

      Light the path to your haunted mansion with these clever milk jug luminarias.

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      Terrifying Treat Bags

      Fun bags full of treats will help keep little guests from getting spooked by the sight of bats and ghosts hanging in tree branches.

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      Fast and Frightful Halloween Crafts Ideas

      Short on time? These last-minute Halloween crafts ideas will fill your home with festive spirit this holiday season. Creepy, colorful, or comic, these decorating and party crafts will turn heads at any holiday get-together. Bonus: These Halloween crafts ideas aren't just fun, they're also easy and quick to make!
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