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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Creative Halloween Costumes to Make for Kids

Each of these cute and clever Halloween costumes includes detailed how-to instructions so you can make the duds with ease.


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    • Sweet Gnome Costumes

      Perfect for roaming the neighborhood for trick-or-treating, these gnome girls charm. A felt caplet and apron sprinkled with daisy and mushroom appliqu├ęs dress up white shirts and denim skirts. Tall red hats top off the outfits.

    • Muscle Man Costume

      This strong man will show off his impressive muscles on trick-or-treat night when he juggles his heavy weight and his treat bag.

    • Sweet Honey Bee

      No need to shoo this bee or her stinger. Follow our instructions to craft the smock, antennae, and stinger, and your little bee will be ready to buzz around on Halloween night.

    • Wise Guy

      Here's a scholarly fellow who can deliver a message from the Owlery. Fix up his feathered coat using shaggy white fleece attached to a hooded oatmeal-color sweatshirt.

    • Little Baker

      For the aspiring chef, this sweet concoction will be a five-star dish for trick-or-treating. Plus, after Halloween, your little baker will have a new apron to wear in the kitchen.

    • Fairy-Tale Favorite

      If scary or trendy Halloween costumes don't appeal to your little trick-or-treater, this classic fairy-tale character might do the trick. You may even already own the costume's foundation: a black-and-white checked dress. (Nothing like that in your closets? Shop a secondhand store for an affordable alternative.) Finish the costume with our easy-to-make red cape.

    • Man at Work

      No need for heavy construction here. Zip ties and hot glue easily attach the playful roads and trucks to an orange T-shirt uniform.

    • Mice Are Nice

      Scurry from house to house on trick-or-treat night in a mouse costume that elicits smiles rather than shrieks.

    • Triple Scoop

      Your child will love dressing as an ice cream cone for Halloween -- complete with sprinkles and a cherry on top!

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      Arctic Cool

      With a dapper black-and-white costume made from a sweatshirt, felt, and fleece, this debonair penguin is one chill guy.

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      Woodland Sprite

      Delight your Tinkerbell fan with her own fairy rendition that makes her the queen of the butterfly forest.

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      Swatted Fly Costume

      Dress up to get swatted! Become a trapped fly this Halloween.

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      Shimmery Mermaid

      In a sea of Halloween costumes, this one makes a splash! The satin tail of reversible blue-and-lime quilted fabric is stitched as a skirt: the front is cut short for walking ease and the back is cut long with fins. Just make sure your mermaid dons leggings and a flesh-tone shirt underneath her bikini top for trick-or-treating in cool weather.

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      Baby Bird

      Your little birdie will get plenty of sweets in this adorable Halloween trick-or-tweeting costume.

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      Prima Ballerina

      Dance the night away on Halloween. This recital-inspired costume starts with ballerina basics -- a leotard, tutu, and tights -- and is dressed up with fun embellishments.

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      Sweet Skunk

      You've never seen such a sweet-smelling skunk as your little boy or girl in this cuddly costume.

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      Flying High

      Take off for Halloween trick-or-treating costumed as an airplane pilot. This easy-to-make costume starts from a simple sweat suit.

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      Pretty Princess

      This grand ensemble reuses that special-occasion dress (that your daughter will soon outgrow) and transforms it into a costume fit for a princess. Simply tie a full-length overskirt around the waist of the dress and drape a fur-trim stole over the shoulders.

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      Flutter by, Butterfly

      Turn a pajama cocoon into a dazzling butterfly by adding fabric wings that shimmer. Just cut out the wings as a single piece and add elastic for shaping and fastening. For extra sparkle, frame your butterfly's face with boa-covered antennae.

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      Candy Machine

      Half the fun of this creation is pulling the materials together: a box, duct tape, and an old bike helmet from the garage; foam beads and a Slinky; and flexible dryer duct and pipe insulation from the hardware store. Just cut, spray-paint, and tape away! The candy-filled center is simply a clear envelope filled with treats and taped to the back of a box opening.

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      Rock Star

      Rock your little diva's world with this sizzling ensemble that's born from modest beginnings: khaki pants and a pink T-shirt.

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      Spooky Spider

      Think of the all places a spider can go with eight legs instead of just two. What kid wouldn't delight in the prospect?

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      Cute Bat

      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 sweat suit.

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      Veggie Power

      Talk about scary! Who wants broccoli this Halloween? Cut hollow pool noodles in half for broccoli stems, and hot-glue them onto the front of a green sweatshirt. For the tops, trim dark and light green foam sheets in a wavy line. Accordion-fold the flat edge of the foam and staple each fold, leaving the wavy, top edge open. Glue some of the florets above the stems and attach the rest to the top of a wide-brim sun hat. Tie ribbon around the bunch of broccoli.

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      Snacky S'more

      Be a walking, talking s'more this Halloween. For each graham cracker, glue four sheets of light brown crafts foam onto a large sheet of dark brown corrugated plastic (repeat for the back cracker). Stuff two pillowcases with fiberfill, then glue the openings shut. Glue a filled pillowcase to the back of each corrugated plastic sheet. Use a utility knife to cut slits on the top edge of each graham cracker and halfway down each side. Attach the front and back of the costume by threading lengths of ribbon through the pairs of top and side slits (like a sandwich board). See next slide for the hat directions.

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