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 Tree of Thanks for Fall

Invite family and friends to write meaningful messages on this pretty tree perfect for fall and Thanksgiving decorating.

What You Need:

  • Tree branch
  • Handheld hedge clippers
  • Butter tub
  • Cement
  • Water
  • Disposable container
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Chickpeas or dried beans
  • Spray primer
  • Orange spray paint
  • Clear spray sealer
  • Orange glitter
  • Scissors
  • Decorative container
  • Decorative rocks and silk leaves
  • Papers in green and gold
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • Marking pen
  • Shower curtain clips

How to Make It:

  1. Trim a dry dead branch to the desired size and shape using hedge clippers. If needed, combine several small branches.
  2. Choose a container, such as a butter tub, that can be hidden in a decorative container and filled with cement.
  3. Following the instructions on the cement package, mix cement in a separate disposable container. Pour the cement into the butter tub.
  4. Insert the branch base into the center of the cement-filled tub. Tap the sides of the tub until the branch sits firmly in cement. Allow cement to dry.
  5. Use a hot-glue gun to adhere chickpeas or dried beans randomly to the branch, using as many as desired.
  6. In an outdoor area, spray the branch with primer. Spread extra chickpeas on newspaper and spray them with primer. Let the primer dry.
  7. Spray-paint the branch and chickpeas with orange; let dry.
  8. Spray one section at a time with clear sealer. Quickly sprinkle orange glitter onto wet sealer; let dry. Repeat this process until entire branch and chickpeas are glittered. Place the weighted tree into decorative container.
  9. Place decorative rocks around the branch base until the cement is covered. Sprinkle extra chickpeas onto the rocks.
  10. Trim silk leaves from stems. Coil the wired ends and hang on the tree.
  11. Trim 2-inch squares of green paper and 13¿4-inch squares of gold paper. Center and glue the gold paper onto the green paper. Ask family members to use a marking pen to write meaningful messages on the squares. Use shower curtain clips to hang the messages from the branches.
  12. Leave extra colored squares around the tree base for guests to add more messages to the tree.
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