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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Kid-Size Monster Cutouts for a Halloween Party

Strike a pose and snap a photo with these gargantuan monsters at your next Halloween party.

What You'll Need

  • Computer and printer or copier
  • Monster patterns (download below)
  • Foam-core panels
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black permanent marker
  • Crafts knife
  • Hot-glue gun and hotmelt adhesive

Download the free blue boy monster pattern.

Download the free blue boy monster pattern guide.

Download the free green girl monster pattern.

Download the monster easel.

How to Make It

1. Download the free patterns and guides. Print monster-body templates and easel pattern and enlarge to your desired sizes. (You will need one easel piece for each monster cutout.) Use the guides to help you scale the monsters to your desired size. (One square on the graphed guide equals 1inch.) Trace all patterns onto foam-core panels with pencil.

2. In complementary-hue acrylic paints, fill in all silhouettes; let dry.

3. Outline painted areas and details with black marker.

4. Use a crafts knife to cut out torsos, accessories, and body parts; cut away mouth areas to accommodate posing kids' faces.

5. Hot-glue body parts and accessories to torsos, referring to the photos as a guide.

6. Hot-glue easel pieces to the back, lower areas of the figures to keep monsters standing.

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