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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Halloween Crafts for Kids

Get get your house ready for Halloween with our friendly Halloween decorations to make. These easy Halloween crafts for kids are both fun and completely age-appropriate, perfect for the princess, superhero, or witch in your family.

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    • Friendly Dracula and Cat Candy Dispensers

      Younger kids will get a kick out of helping to make (and empty) these sweet, colorful candy dispensers. Fill with a variety of treats to use as decoration, or hand out as favors at a Halloween party.

    • Halloween Books

      When used as props on a mantel or bookshelf, these cleverly wrapped books are fun additions to Halloween decor. Cut lengths of paper to wrap around the books, and fold the edges over the insides of the front and back covers. Decorate the spines with Halloween stickers. Don't forget the titles. Spell creepy book names along the spines using a stencil or print from a computer.

    • No-Carve Caterpillar Pumpkin

      This fun and easy Halloween crafts for kids is easy for even the littlest of helpers. Select a few smaller pumpkins; paint the pumpkins melon green and their stems black. Using adhesive-backed felt dots, decorate the bodies. Use googly eyes and pipe cleaners for the head. Arrange in an S shape.

    • Itsy Bitsy Spider

      This friendly spider's fuzzy body is formed by wrapping yarn around a plastic-foam ball. Black pipe cleaners make this eight-legged creature stand upright.

    • Bat Favor Boxes

      Hand out these friendly bats at a Halloween party or on trick-or-treat night. To make, attach cardstock cut in the shape of wings to a premade take-out carton (available at crafts stores). Cut out colored cardstock for the eyes, mouth, and fangs; adhere with glue. Fill the box with yummy Halloween treats.

    • Halloween Mini Figures

      Surprise: You won't even need a pattern to make these adorable Halloween decorations! Simply wrap wooden spools in embroidery floss to create the bodies, then use stickers and cardstock for facial features (great for a kid-friendly afternoon craft). 

    • Bat and Cat Pumpkins

      Your kids will love decorating these easy Halloween crafts. Simply paint two pumpkins with matte black paint, download our free patterns, and let them take control from there. Here, we've used cardstock for the accents and features; you can carve the faces or use cardstock for them, too.

    • Eye-Catching Photos

      Are those eyes following you? Quirky stick-on peepers poke out of a photocopied portrait of author Edgar Allan Poe. The black-and-white photocopy pops behind an inexpensive crafts-store green mat and black frame. Any scary print -- a witch, ghost, or ghoul -- will work to make this oh-so-easy Halloween crafts for kids.

    • Pumpkin Lanterns

      No-mess, no-carve: These lanterns are the perfect almost-pumpkin. Cut out smiling jack-o'-lantern faces from black cardstock; tape to orange cardstock cut to fit the lantern panels. Use indoors or in a protected outdoor space.

      Editor's Tip: Make this decoration last longer by placing cardstock behind the lantern's glass panels.

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      Spiderweb Sculpture

      Your elementary-school kids will have a blast weaving this Halloween web (a tangled creation made from black yarn). Orange plastic spiders up the creep factor of this Halloween decoration.

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      Framed Ghosts

      Kids can help cut out a whole "family" of these scary apparitions. Download the free pattern and resize to fit your frames. Trace onto white paper, mark the eyes and noses with black marker, and cut out the shapes. Sandwich the ghouls in the frames and use black fabric tape or book-binding tape (available at crafts stores) to seal the edges.

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      Candy Corn Bowl

      Hand out sweets to your trick-or-treaters this Halloween in a home-decorated candy bowl! Trim the edges of 2-inch thick strips of construction paper with decorative scissors. Then tape paper-punch circles and the decorative strips to a clear container or bowl. Swap out the colors and shapes to repurpose the bowl for use at birthday parties, holidays, or other special occasions.

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      Halloween Banner

      This easy Halloween banner comes together in no time, thanks to the easy-to-use free printable. Simply cut out the triangle shapes and string with ribbon to display on a mantel or wall.

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      Skeleton Magnet

      "Bone" up on your Halloween decor with this simple skeleton magnet. Print the free pattern on white paper; trim and glue the bones onto black cardstock. Apply adhesive magnet strips to the backs of the pieces and enjoy!

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      Halloween Lanterns

      Just about any seasonal image will do for these simple Halloween lanterns. Print basic clip art (search online) onto colored paper; trim and tape to the front of the lantern. You also can run lengths of black ribbon along the surface for added detail. Use ribbon to hang from ceiling.

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      Boo! T-Shirt

      Last-minute costume woes? This easy ghost shirt shapes up with some black fabric paint and a few other basic crafts supplies.

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