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 Safety Tips

For a safe and festive holiday, check out our tips for safe celebrations for all ages.

Young Trick-or-Treaters:

Use nontoxic and hypoallergenic makeup instead of masks this Halloween.

1. Use face paint or makeup. Look for nontoxic and hypoallergenic makeup instead of masks, especially for very young children. Masks can make it hard for youngsters to see and breathe.

2. Wigs and beards shouldn't cover the eyes or mouth. Be sure headgear won't slide over the child's face.

3. Add reflective tape to costumes. Choose light colors. Be sure the costume is not too heavy for the child. Accessories such as wands should be soft and flexible.

4. Costumes should be short enough so the child won't trip. Sleeves should fit properly, as well. Avoid footwear that makes it hard to walk.

5. Use flame-resistant fabric for homemade costumes.

Adolescents and Teens:

Be sure to trick-or-treat with a friend.

1. Travel in groups. Go only to the houses of people you know. Younger children should be accompanied by a responsible older person.

2. Carry flashlights.

3. Carry a mobile phone for quick communication.

4. Stay focused on your surroundings. If harassed or threatened, go into the closest store/restaurant and ask to use the phone. Call parents and/or police. Let the proprietors know that your group feels unsafe.

5. Be very cautious around jack-o'-lanterns with lit candles. Keep an eye out for flames and/or candles on porches.

6. Consider alternatives to trick-or-treating. Alternatives include house or school parties or volunteering at a haunted-house project.

Teen and Adult Drivers:

1. Clear the driver's view. Be sure that neither the driver's costume nor anything else in the car obstructs the driver's view.

2. Wear a seat belt. Be sure your passengers are wearing a safety belt, even if they have to take off part of their costume to attach it.

3. Drive slowly and defensively. Don't assume that a pedestrian, especially an excited youngster in a costume, will move as you expect. Keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters darting out from parked cars.

Homeowners:

1. Replace burned-out bulbs in exterior lights. Leave your exterior lights on later than usual -- perhaps even all night.

2. Clear the pathway. Make sure the path to your door is well lighted and your lawn is clear of things that could be tripped over, such as jack-o'-lanterns with lit candles, ladders, garden hoses, flowerpots, bikes, and animal leashes.

3. Sweep wet leaves from sidewalks and stairs.

4. Keep excitable pets away from the door. You'll have a safer and calmer house if you keep Fido away from where you are dispensing the treats.

5. Put your car in the garage. Lock your garage doors.

Alternative Treats:

Instead of candy, offer these treats:

  • Halloween stickers
  • Halloween pencils
  • Halloween erasers
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Plastic spider rings
  • Small toys
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Miniature boxes of raisins
  • Coins -- how about a new state quarter?
  • Individual packages of cheese or peanut-butter crackers or pretzels
  • Boxes of fruit juice
  • Gel pens
  • Fast-food coupons
  • Key chains
  • Foot bags or squeeze-foam balls
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