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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Hollywood-Style Halloween Party

Host a star-studded Halloween costume party where formally attired guests dress as their favorite celebs, walk the red carpet, dine on concession-stand fare, and vie for Oscars.

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    • Posh Preview

      Send glitzy invites requesting attendees' award-winning presence. Print your message on white card stock, back it with red paper, and wrap it in gold paper sealed with a red star sticker.

    • Best Direction

      Let guests know they've arrived. Spotlight the front door with an Oscar-like statuette (a gold spray-painted mannequin wearing a bow tie) and a plywood billboard announcing the event.

    • Flashing Lights

      Capture superstars such as Elvis, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe as they make their way to your red-carpet shindig by stationing camera-toting paparazzi around the entrance.

    • Set Design

      Create Oscar-worthy centerpieces by squaring off statuettes and balancing American beauty bouquets tucked into plates filled with florist's foam. Create the statuettes by spray-painting male dolls gold.

    • Golden Treatment

      Glitzy pumpkins fit right in with other glamorous gold accents. Simply coat a pumpkin (real or plastic) with gold spray paint and allow the traditional Halloween accent to become a shining star of the night's décor.

    • Movie Magic

      Decorate walls with motion picture posters showcased in thrift-store frames that have been upgraded with gold paint. Rent a popcorn machine to generate movie-theater aromas and serve buckets full of popcorn.

    • Action!

      Turn your foyer, kitchen, or dining room into a concession stand with no-cutlery-needed movie-theater treats. Highlight the area with a director's clapboard. Cut out the classic shape from black foam core. Transfer computer-generated letters with white graphite paper and color the words with a white paint marker. Add a foam core hinge for fool-the-eye dimension.

    • Sweet Tooth

      Set up a candy station to evoke movie-going memories. Load up a multi-bin hardware storage unit with Raisinettes, Lemonheads, Hot Tamales, Junior Mints, and other movie theater classics.

    • Hurray for Holly-Weenies

      Hot dogs turn fabulous when garbed in formal attire. Wrap wieners in black paper and accessorize with red card-stock bow ties held together with red brads.

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      Best Supporting Role

      Use purchased metal film reels to house custard cups filled with tantalizing dips, spreads, snacks, or condiments.

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      Eating Action

      Hang salty hot pretzels on a coffee-mug tree and set them near the dips and dogs. The secret to easy homemade pretzels? Refrigerated breadsticks.

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      Starstruck

      Use glittery, star-enhanced toothpicks to underscore your leading lights theme.

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      Nostalgic Potions

      Evoke images of Tinsel Town's gilded age by serving pomegranate martinis in your classiest crystal. Use premade drink mixes to keep things simple.

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      Dressed to Impress

      Gussy up bottles of bubbly in felt tuxedoes embellished with bow ties and gold-brad buttons. Display them atop a red-velvet tablecloth that echoes the hue of the VIP red carpet at the party's entrance.

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      And the Winner Is...

      Honor your guests by presenting awards throughout the evening. Present each winner with one of the trophy centerpieces. Print labels that proclaim category winners: best dressed, most convincing impersonation, and most likely to be a paparazzi target. Play charades and give best actor and actress awards to the outstanding thespians. If you have a gregarious crowd, ask each winner to give an acceptance speech, guaranteed to elicit even more laughs.

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      Swag Bags

      Send friends home with fun favors that simulate Oscar presenters' swag bags. Fill clear takeout boxes with plastic cell phones, watches, bracelets, and jewelry-boxed Ring Pops. Place a disc of downloaded Halloween tunes in a tin case as a souvenir.

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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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