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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Creative Halloween Treat Bags and Containers

Make these clever treat bags and containers for Halloween trick-or-treaters or party guests.

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    • Iron-On Treat Bags

      Free graphics (both available, below), plus cotton drawstring bags make trick-or-treat storing a cinch! Simply print the designs onto transfer paper, add to the front of the bag, and head to the nearest house on October 31.

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    • Frankenstein Face Candy Jar

      Fashion a frightening face from cardstock cutouts and attach to a clear glass jar. Add silver corks (available at crafts stores) to either side of the jar to mimic the iconic Halloween character.

    • Spiderweb Candy Tin

      Make a spooky candy catch-all in just a few simple steps. Peel the label from an empty, dry paint can (or purchase a new can at home supply or crafts stores). Coat the can with several light applications of orange spray paint. Once the paint is dry, draw a web pattern on the can with a black permanent marker, and glue on a fuzzy black spider.

    • Easy Paper Treat Bags

      These Halloween treat containers are easy to put together -- embellish a few crafts store paper bags with Halloween-theme stickers, ribbon, and patterned-paper cutouts. Done!


    • Mummified Candy Tub

      Kids will love toting their Halloween candy in this repurposed ice cream container. Rinse and dry an empty 1-gallon ice cream carton. Wrap the outside of the bucket with 4-inch strips of cheesecloth, adhering in place using crafts glue. Adhere large googly eyes to the front.

    • Stylish Black-and-White Treat Tin

      This elegant Halloween treat container is perfect for candy-hunting adults or as a mantel decoration to collect candies. Wrap a paint can or tin with a collage of seasonal scrapbook papers, adhering in place using glue. Line the top of the can with decorative tinsel trim, and add a chenile stem for the handle. Make a banner by printing a Halloween message on cardstock and trimming the edges. Glue a tissue paper circle to the center of the tin, add a glittery star, and top with your banner to finish the look.

    • Skull-and-Crossbones Treat Cup

      Fill a spooky skull cup with candy or a snack mix to scare up some fun at a Halloween party. Glue cardstock or foam shapes to a plain white paper cup, using heart shapes for the nose and bone ends. Attach a bow to the rim of the cup for no-fuss party presentation and fill with Halloween treats.

    • Friendly Spider Treat Bag

      Use no-fray felt to whip up a quick and easy treat bag. Add a scurrying spider to the front with felt, thread, and googly eyes.

    • Papier-Mache Trick-or-Treat Container

      Make a vintage-style papier-mache candy container to decorate your party table, mantel, or bookshelf.

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      Black Cat Candy Containers

      Turn ordinary boxes and jars into spooky containers with our printable label (a free download) and other simple embellishments.

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      Bewitching Treat Holder

      With a party hat base, this happy witch is the topper for a round goody box. The colored crafts foam is easy to work with and gives your witch classic appeal.

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      Haunted Hoedown Treat Bag

      Gather some inexpensive cotton bandannas and stitch them together to make these easy treat bags!

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      Ghost Halloween Candy Bag

      Don't be scared off by this airhead. Sewing the ghost in place before cutting away the insides of the handles makes it easy to align the handle arches.

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      Ghoul Favor Cups

      Transform orange and black paper cups into frightfully fun take-home treat containers.

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      Candy Corn Goody Bag

      The ghouls, goblins, pirates, and princesses will be delighted to bring along a custom-made treat tote to collect their goodies on Halloween. A simple, low-cost canvas bag gets its one-of-a-kind treatment when you fuse contrasting ribbon around the upper edge of the handles. An appliqued candy corn fused atop a spiderweb fabric square finishes the look.

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      Haunted Tree Bag

      This scene is haunted by details: Black thread gives the tree branches a rougher, more barklike appearance, and running stitches let the red and orange leaves flutter.

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      Candy Catchall Tins

      Contain your Halloween treats in our clever candy tins. The see-through lids ensure you'll tantalize every guest's sweet tooth!

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      Painted Halloween Treat Bucket

      Treat your tricksters with this painted candy bucket.

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      Fun Ways to Disguise Halloween Candy & Party Favors

      Dress up everyday packaged candy in creepy disguises for trick-or-treat night or to use as Halloween party favors. Our sweet candy dress-ups and party favor costumes transform chocolate bars, popcorn, and more into creepy-crawly spiders, ghostly treat bags, and batty boxes. Get started with these fun and easy projects today!
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