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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Muslin Cat Miniature Craft

Make these miniature black cat faces from muslin, acrylic paint, and a bit of ground cinnamon for a fun Halloween decoration to put around the house.

Materials (for three or four cats)

  • 1/8-yard of 44-inch-wide muslin
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Acrylic paints: black, orange, and off-white
  • Paintbrushes and small sponge brush
  • Embroidery floss: brown
  • Embroidery needle
  • Fabric stiffener (such as Stiffy)
  • Ground cinnamon


  1. Trace outline of the downloadable cat pattern onto tracing paper and cut out. On doubled muslin, trace the pattern once each for the desired number of cat faces, leaving 1/2 -inch between the shapes.
  2. Sew around each shape through doubled muslin, leaving openings as indicated on the pattern.
  3. Cut out shapes a scant 1/4-inch from stitching. Clip curves and corners. Turn shapes right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Slip-stitch openings closed.
  4. Paint the front and back of a cat face with black and let dry. Referring to the pattern, draw features on the front. Vary mouth shapes on cats, tilting some mouths to one side. Paint eyes, nose, and mouth with orange; let dry. Paint teeth and whiskers with off-white. Dot eyes with black.
  5. Mix fabric stiffener with brown paint until the mixture is the color of light chocolate. Using the sponge brush, paint each shape with the mixture. Let shapes dry.
  6. To finish the shapes, rub ground cinnamon on the fronts and backs. Wipe off excess cinnamon.

Get the free cat pattern.


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