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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Family-Friendly Halloween Party

Treat friends and family to a fun Halloween celebration that's a cinch to throw together. Serve a spread of easy, yet delicious, party foods mingled with simply spooky decorations.

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    • Party Invitation

      Craft several of these party invitations to hang on your friends' doors as a reminder of your spooky soiree. Decorate your front door with one, too.

    • Start the Party

      Party guests tend to linger around the food table, so make yours as engaging as possible. A simple runner made from orange-and-white striped fabric trimmed with rickrack grounds the goodies displayed on black, white, green, and orange dishes and serving pieces.

    • Spooky Food Labels

      Amuse your guests by clearly marking party food with these labels that look like they were pulled from the fire.

    • Watchful Crows

      Give your guests something to crow about by perching a few crows (available at crafts stores) in strategic locations. Don't forget to add them in unexpected nooks and to the buffet table.

    • Mummy Dogs

      Fill hungry tummies with Mummy Dogs, a smile-inducing finger food. Refrigerated breadstick dough makes this crowd-pleaser a cinch to make. For eyes, press capers into the dough before baking.

    • Spiderweb Soup

      Give boring tomato soup a ghoulish makeover in a snap-- and you don't even have to be a gourmet chef! This tangled web is a bit of sour cream woven with a toothpick. See the next two slides for more information.

    • Spiderweb Soup: Step 1

      For the spiderweb design, mix together 3 tablespoons of sour cream and 1 tablespoon of milk. Pour the mixture into a plastic condiment bottle. Carefully squeeze several circles on the surface of warm soup, making a targetlike design.

    • Spiderweb Soup: Step 2

      Use a toothpick to drag lines from the center out toward the edges to create a web design. Voila! Create the webs just as you serve your guests so they get the full effect (and before the sour cream dissolves into the soup).

    • Super Easy S'mores

      Serve a Halloween dessert that pleases both kids and adults -- ooey, gooey delicious s'mores. With this speedy version, you can have "some more" in no time flat.

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      Creepy Critters

      No matter how sweet the treat, adding fake spiders to the food display makes everything look a little creepier.

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      Chicken Feed

      Ghosts and goblins will love digging into this crunchy concoction. This make-ahead mixture includes seeds, nuts, oats, and a healthy dose of sweet ingredients.

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      Out on a Limb

      Cute little treat bags will help keep young guests from getting spooked by the sight of bats and ghosts hanging from tree branches.

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      Bag It!

      Bags of sweets and snacks are always a hit. For a change of pace, include some nonedible loot, such as small toys or Halloween-themed flashlights (available at party stores) to use on trick-or-treating adventures.

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      Don't Forget the Grown-Ups

      Share the Halloween recipes that were served at the party. Print the recipes on white paper, roll up, and tie with a black ribbon. Display the favors in a container on the food table for guests to grab on their way home.

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      Creative Ideas for Halloween Party Themes

      Want to host a Halloween party but aren't sure where to start? Browse our creative Halloween party themes--for both kids and adults--to get inspired by decorating ideas and delicious menus and recipes. Bonus: We have free downloads to make everything extra-easy!
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