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

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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

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Real Photos: Babies in Halloween Costumes, 2008

We can't get enough of these darling Halloween costumes. You made them. We enjoyed them. Now, we share them in a collection of our favorites.

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    • Animals

      Aiden the Lion from Nate & Aiden's Mommy

      Why we picked this: We love how the mane and tail of this costume was made of ribbon. What a clever, inexpensive way to make an adorable lion costume.

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      A Tadpole No Longer from tnkrbllv

      Why we picked this: This little tadpole makes an awesome frog. (We wonder if he could actually catch flies!)

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      Little Stinker from Mhemrich

      Why we picked this: We love the skunk costume, but we're not sure the Little Stinker is very happy about it. That facial expression is classic!

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      Curious Giraffe from cacichapman

      Why we picked this: Who says you have to be trick-or-treating to have fun? This tiny giraffe seems entertained just by playing in the grass.

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      Evan the Monkey from nikkilehman

      Why we picked this: It looks like Evan the Monkey is reaching for his favorite Halloween treat: bananas! We can't help but smile at his big ears.

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      A Fishy Penguin from anonymous

      Why we picked this: We love this penguin's soft yellow feet, and the matching fish bag is great for collecting goodies.

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      A Bright Turtle from corinneb04

      Why we picked this: Get ready. Get set. Go! This turtle looks ready to move. (And its big yellow eye follows us everywhere.)

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      A Tiny Turtle from e.malone

      Why we picked this: This tiny turtle can't wait to start trick-or-treating. Just remember: Slow and steady wins the candy!

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      Mighty Spider from tnkrbllv

      Why we picked this: This is the cutest spider we've ever seen. And we love the fact that her socks match the nose on her spider hat. Spider-chic!

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      Birds & Bugs

      Jake's First Halloween from juzmedarlene812

      Why we picked this: This fluffy chicken knows how to show off his new teeth -- just in time for Halloween candy.

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      Birds & Bugs

      Little Abby Ladybug from danetteg

      Why we picked this: Simple black polka dots on red wings make an adorable, quick ladybug costume. She seems very happy to wear it, too!

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      Birds & Bugs

      The Chicken Run from cacichapman

      Why we picked this: This chicken is on the move. Good thing, too. The early bird gets the candy!

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      Characters

      Tiny Tigger from tylers.mommy.2006

      Why we picked this: This tiny Tigger gives the original Winnie-the-Pooh character a run for his money.

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      My Little Scarecrow from stfannin

      Why we picked this: This adorable scarecrow is anything but scary -- and we love the matching hat!

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      Characters

      Robin to the Rescue from amcclure

      Why we picked this: We admit it: We love superheroes! And Robin's eyes look electric behind this felt mask.

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      Characters

      A Tiny Elvis from sharper

      Why we picked this: This sparkling little Elvis is ready to rock. And we love the glamorous white suit and red cape. Love me tender? Who could resist?

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      Characters

      Pea in a Pod from anonymous

      Why we picked this: We love how the bright green pod costume brings out the blue in this little one's eyes.

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      Bears

      Furry Brown Bear from anonymous

      Why we picked this: Cute, fuzzy, able to touch his foot to his chin -- we think this brown bear is ready for action.

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      Bears

      Precious Pink Bear from maribel.estrada

      Why we picked this: This precious pink bear costume really brings out this little one's big brown eyes.

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      Bears

      Cutie Bear from lmaxey

      Why we picked this: We just want to scratch this cute bear's furry head. He's smart, too -- he's already got his paws on something sweet.

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      Bears

      Baby Polar Bear from jensfsp

      Why we picked this: This is the happiest polar bear we've ever seen. Plus, we think those huge paws are perfect for a night of collecting candy.

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      Pumpkins

      My Little Pumpkin from slroberts83

      Why we picked this: Because this little one's big blue eyes mirror the round ones on the jack-o'-lantern below.

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      Pumpkins

      A Happy Pumpkin from linjawsfillmore@yahoo.com

      Why we picked this: We can't help but laugh along with this happy pumpkin.

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      Pumpkins

      A Pumpkin's First Halloween from spegg

      Why we picked this: This tiny pumpkin is fully prepared for his first Halloween. We love the matching pumpkin bag!

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