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 an Easy Kid's Bat Halloween Costume

Don't go batty trying to sew a head-to-toe ensemble from scratch for your little one. Turn her into a winged critter by tacking pieces of sequined fabric to a basic black top.

What You Need

  • Black sweatshirt and pants
  • 1 1/2 yards of gold-and-black dot metallic fabric
  • Black fun fur
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Flat cotton hat
  • Polyester fiberfill

Download Bat Costume Pattern

How to Make It

  1. Lay out the sweatshirt on a flat surface and measure from the center to the end of one cuff.
  2. Enlarge and trace the wing pattern so it is as wide as this measurement. Fold over one cut end of the metallic fabric to create a double layer of fabric to accommodate the pattern. Cut out the wings through both layers; do not cut on the fold. Unfold the wings and tack the top corners to the cuffs of the sweatshirt.
  3. Enlarge and trace the yoke pattern to the size needed to cover the front of the sweatshirt. Make a second yoke pattern, trimming off about half of the length on the front of the pattern. Fold the remaining metallic fabric in half; cut out each yoke.
  4. Position the large yoke right side down on the sweatshirt front; then place the small yoke wrong side down on the first.
  5. Tack the yokes to the sweatshirt at the shoulders, the front and back neck edges, and the center bottom on the front. Tack the center top of the wings to the center bottom of the larger yoke.
  6. Hot-glue black fun fur around the top of the layered yokes to cover the neck edges.
  7. Cover the cap with a large piece of metallic fabric; fold the fabric to the inside of the cap and hot-glue in place.
  8. Cut out two triangular-shape ears from a double layer of metallic fabric. Sew the ears together in pairs, leaving the bottom edge open. Turn the ears right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Hand-sew the ears to the cap. Hot-glue a triangle of black fun fur to the front of each ear.

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