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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Halloween Harvest Party in Orange, White, and Green

Leaves are falling and jack-o'-lanterns are making their debut -- it's time for a soiree to celebrate the fall season! Use these easy, colorful ideas to make it memorable.


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    • Halloween Harvest Party Ideas

      Celebrate two festive occasions -- Halloween and harvest -- with one party, as seen in the home of former art teacher Jeanne Carmack. Use some or all of Jeanne's clever ideas for hosting a casual fall get-together.

      Editor's Tip: Jeanne buys fresh pumpkins at a local farmer's market, looking for various sizes and shapes to stack by her front door and against the living room fireplace.

    • Harvest-Theme Living Room

      Create a comfortable yet festive place for guests to gather during the party. Reflect the fall season with plenty of natural elements, such as pumpkins around the fireplace and a shock of wheat in an aged urn. Arrange baubles in clear apothecary jars for an extra zing of color.

    • Harvest Wreath Trio

      Suspend a trio of wreaths above your fireplace using bright ribbon. Look for interesting wheat or straw wreaths. For a DIY wreath, hot-glue unshelled peanuts to a wreath form (far right). Arrange driftwood on the mantel to carry the natural theme. This ensemble sports a Halloween message written out in glittery letters.

    • Harvest Party Buffet Spread

      Tailor your menu to your guest list, but keep it simple (whether you're feeding kids or adults). Look for foods to fit your color scheme, such as carrots, orange cheese puffs, orange soda, and hot dogs nestled in bright green leaf lettuce.

    • Colorful Party Food Table

      Halloween is synonymous with trick-or-treating, which is a sweet treat free-for-all. So stock your table with plenty of fun confections. Buy plain cookies and frost them with colorful fondant. Fill jars and bags with candy in matching hues. Use nonedibles for decorating purposes. Sew pleats into crepe paper to wrap around the edges of cake stands. Wrap purchased cupcakes in coordinating pieces of parchment paper.

    • Paper Lantern Cluster Ceiling Decoration

      Draw attention to your festive Halloween table with eye-catching ceiling decor. Cluster paper lanterns (available at party supply stores) around a light fixture. Make colorful garlands by folding strips of colored paper over lengths of ribbon and stapling into place. Drape the garland from the ceiling, making sure it (and the paper lanterns) doesn't get close enough to a light source to become a fire hazard.

    • Glittery Pumpkin Display

      Add some glam to Halloween basics by freehanding scrolls onto pumpkins using crafts glue, then sprinkling with glass glitter. Create pedestals to elevate your creations by attaching plywood squares to old balustrades and painting them white.

    • Artful Pumpkin Veggie Holder

      Cleverly disguise vegetables as dimensional art by poking baby carrots onto short skewers and sticking them into a real pumpkin with a painted face.

    • Gourd-Lined Staircase

      Line your stairway with legions of gourds marching up and down the treads -- a look that carries through to Thanksgiving.

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      Fall-Inspired Kitchen

      Make chili as the main dish if you want your party to include food beyond appetizers and sweets. Use carved-out pumpkins for extra Halloween serving dishes.

      Editor's Tip: Decorate a planter just for Halloween by decoupaging pumpkin faces to the surface.

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      Memory Board Decoration

      Pay tribute to Halloweens past with a memory board of trick-or-treat costumes labeled with the years they were worn. Remember to include those silly pictures of the family pet!

      Editor's Tip: Use image-editing software to print images in black-and-white and add color with photo tinting products (available with scrapbooking supplies).

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      Hand-Decorated Treat Bags

      Hang decorated canvas bags filled with orange tissue paper as Halloween wall decor. Print out free vintage clip art on iron-on transfer paper and adhere to bags according to the paper manufacturer's instructions. If you use black-and-white clip art, use an orange fabric marker to add some color. Hang your works of art on hooks where they can be admired by guests.

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      Party Favors with Candy

      End the party on a sweet note with a colorful candy bar. Fill burlap bags with colorful candies, placing unwrapped favorites, such as jelly beans, into cellophane bags first. Give guests sacks to fill with their favorite confections.

      Editor's Tip: The mirror above the candy bar sports a message written in acrylic paint, which can be scraped off when Halloween is over.

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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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