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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Sea Creature Costume

Bring the sea to the streets Halloween night with this villainous aquatic monster.

What You'll Need

  • Dark blue crafts foam
  • Black boa
  • Hot-glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Blue sweatshirt (without hood)
  • Blue sweatpants
  • Blue gift bag
  • Blue gauzy material (chiffon, gauze, etc.)
  • Measuring tape and scissors
  • Swim cap
  • Blue spray paint
  • Swim mask (optional)
  • Swim fins (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Cut out circles from dark blue crafts foam. Reserve a section of the boa for a tail (about 1-1/2 to 2 feet). Cut the rest of the boa into small tufts. Hot-glue the tufts to the crafts-foam circles. (Reserve approximately eight to 10 tufts for the swim cap.) Hot-glue the tufted circles to the sweatshirt, sweatpants, and blue gift bag.
  2. Have child stand with arms out at shoulder height, parallel to the floor. Measure arm length and distance from armpit to waist. Cut two pieces of blue gauzy material into rectangles with the same dimensions as the child's measurements. Hot-glue or stitch a piece to the underside of each sweatshirt arm and the outer edge of the sweatshirt body. Round the edge of each rectangle piece and cut out triangle shapes along the edge to form "spikes."
  3. Spray-paint the swim cap blue; let dry. Glue reserved boa tufts to the swim cap. Glue or stitch the reserved boa tail piece to the seat of the sweatpants. Wear costume with swim mask and fins for trick-or-treating.

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