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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Haunting Halloween Crafts with Skeletons and Tombstones

Decorate with spooky skeletons and terrifying tombstones this season and use these ideas for creative Halloween yard decorations.

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    • Pumpkin Skull Decoration

      Give this eerie white pumpkin skeleton facial features for a fun Halloween candy bowl. Carve a skeleton face with two circle eyes and several vertical rectangles for the mouth. Finish with black marker for the nose and to complete the mouth. For a truly frightful face, place two unwrapped candy mints in the eyes.

    • Scary Skeleton Jars

      Give your living room some black (and white) magic with this easy-to-make sinister sideboard. Fill apothecary jars with black jelly beans and black-and-white candy sticks. Decorate the jars with strips of patterned paper and a picture of a skeleton head. To give the sideboard an overgrown look, top a vintage urn with Spanish moss or spread it around the decorations.

    • Tombstone Decoration

      It pays to advertise, and this stone declares there is always room for one more to join the motley band below. A rotary crafts tool easily carves the realistic lettering and arrow. And a wood file rounds the edges to simulate the look of weathered stone.

    • Skeleton Yard Decoration

      This fellow may have been ill once, but he's much better now -- and with a jaunty tip of his to hat and a ghoulish grin, he's ready to join the festivities. Realistic-looking skeletons are available from seasonal stores and online. Browse theater shops and secondhand clothing stores for new or vintage finery to dress your characters in style.

    • Skeleton Pumpkin Vase

      The white hue of a Lumina pumpkin works perfectly for a funny, skeletal-looking pumpkin face.

    • Haunting Message Tombstone

      A grinning ghoul peers from this tombstone, with its message making a bone-chilling prediction. To create the look, simply cut a hole through the foam tombstone, insert a plastic skeleton head and camouflage the join with spackling.

    • Ghoulish Gifts

      Every wedding reception has a gift table. For this "Halloween wedding" table display, decorative paper-covered boxes are filled with gifts as well as an unexpected skeleton head.

    • Spooky Skeleton Cake

      Trick your party guests into thinking this dessert is a wormy skeleton head. Shhh -- don't tell them it's just made from a cake mix, frosting, and candy!

    • Halloween Tombstone Decoration

      It looks like one fellow has nearly escaped the bonds of the world beyond. To create this illusion, disassemble a fake skeleton and arrange the arms, legs, and head in a petrifying pose. To give the tombstone an aged look, randomly brush on a light coat of verdigris green paint.

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      Scary Skeleton Snacks

      Candy-coated and creepy, these skeleton-shape pears are a scary substitute for traditional caramel apples.

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      Tombstone Decoration Idea

      Use foam slabs to build tongue-in-cheek tombstones complete with witty epitaphs.

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      Tombstone Sandwiches

      Cut chicken salad sandwiches into tombstone shapes, roll the edges in chopped pecans for a pebbly look, and serve from a graveyard with creepy cabbage groundcover.

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      A Skeleton and His Tombstone

      Every monument needs a statue posed on top, and this fellow is happy to oblige. He's wearing a coat of realistic-looking spray-on stone paint to match his monument so he looks as if he's been carved out of stone.

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      Halloween Crafts Under $3

      Pull together a spook-tacular Halloween display that's easy on your wallet in no time with our Halloween crafts that all ring in under $3. Including paper printables, Halloween wreaths, and outdoor decorations, our cheap Halloween crafts are perfect for the eeriest season of the year.
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