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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Pumpkin Door Greeter

This smiling "guy" will garner oohs and aahs from all the trick-or-treaters.

Supplies

  • Armature wire
  • Staple gun and staples
  • 30-inch-tall wood post
  • Quilt batting and polyester fiberfill
  • Old clothing: a turtleneck, flannel shirt, jeans, shoes, gloves, and a belt
  • A pair of long underwear (pants only)
  • Artificial pumpkin with a face or a natural pumpkin with a carved face
  • Battery-powered light for the pumpkin

Instructions

  1. To make the top of the door greeter's body, form a "skeleton" with armature wire for the arms and hands; use the wood post as the body base.
  2. Cut a 96-inch length of armature wire. Staple the middle of the armature for the arms to the top of the wood post.
  3. Wrap quilt batting around the post body and wire arms, leaving 12 inches of wire exposed for each hand; for safety fold over the end of each wire to create the center finger. Cover the body and arms with a turtleneck shirt.
  4. Cut four additional 10-inch-long wire fingers for each hand and twist the wire fingers to the center finger of each hand; fold over the wire fingers. Cover the hands with gloves.
  5. Stuff legs of the long underwear with rolled pieces of quilt batting. Sew or tie the ends of the legs shut. Put jeans over the long underwear pants.
  6. Set the body on a hay bale or in a chair. Place a pair of shoes under the pants legs, tucking the long-underwear legs into the tops of the shoes.
  7. Set the pumpkin head on top of the body, resting it on the wood post. Turn on the light.
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