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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Make a Sweet Treat Box for Halloween

Transform a round craft-paper box into a Halloween treat-keeper with simple supplies.

What You'll Need

  • Craft box, 5 to 6 inches in diameter
  • 12-x-12-inch sheets of two coordinating patterned papers
  • Spray adhesive
  • Black poster board
  • Circle cutter (optional)
  • Pinking shears
  • Crafts glue
  • Tinsel: black or orange
  • 3/4-x-6-inch crafts stick
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Purchased star or Halloween glitter cutout
  • Computer, printer, and white paper (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Measure the height and distance around the box; add 1/2 inch to the height. Use these measurements to cut a piece of patterned paper, piecing the paper if needed to reach completely around the box.
  2. Lightly spray the back of the paper with adhesive and mount on the outside of the box with the bottom edges even. Fold the excess paper to the inside of the box, covering the top edge; press to adhere.
  3. Spray the back of the same paper with adhesive and mount to black poster board. Measure the distance across the bottom of the box. Cut a circle from the layered paper/poster board 3 inches larger than the measurement.
  4. Trim the edges with pinking shears. Glue the bottom of the box, centered, onto the circle. Apply a line of crafts glue along the bottom edge of the box. Press tinsel into the glue; let dry.
  5. Paint the crafts stick black; let the paint dry.
  6. Spray the back of a coordinating sheet of patterned paper and mount it on poster board. Cut a circle from the layered paper/poster board that is the same diameter as the box. Hot-glue the crafts stick to the paper side of the circle so 3 inches extend beyond the edge of the circle.
  7. For the fan, divide the diameter of the box by 2 and subtract 1/4 inch. Use this measurement to cut a 12-inch strip of coordinating paper. For example, the strip for a 6-inch-diameter box would be 2 3/4 inches. Beginning at a short edge of the strip, make accordion-style pleats across the paper; finger-crease each pleat.
  8. Pinch one pleated edge together for the center of the fan. Glue the short edges of the pleated paper together, forming a circle. Glue the center of the fan, centered on the layered circle, covering the top of the craft stick.
  9. Glue the glitter cutout centered on the fan. If desired, use a computer to print a Halloween message on white paper for a banner. Cut out the banner and glue it to the glitter cutout.
  10. Hot-glue the crafts stick to the inside of the box at the center back so there is 1 inch between the top of the box and the fan.
  11. If desired, cut enough 2-1/2-inch-wide strips of the box paper to reach around the inside of the box. Spray the back of the strips with adhesive and press in place inside the box with the top edge of the paper slightly below the top edge of the box.
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