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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Modern Halloween Table Decorations

Entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti shows how to set a modern, hip table for your next Halloween party by mixing a traditional orange-and-black color scheme with contemporary florals, funky skeleton patterns, and shimmery dishes.

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    • Tasty Treats

      Set out black-and-orange bottled beverages, such as these Halloween drinks by Jones Soda, which come in fun flavors like Black Cat Licorice.

      Editor's Tip: Create an impressive drink display by using tiered shelf organizers to display your drinks in a stair-step fashion.

      SOURCE Tiered shelf organizers: containerstore.com.

    • Daring Desserts

      Give desserts and appetizers a little Halloween flair with fun food toppers such as these skull-and-crossbones flags.

      SOURCE Food flags: Michaels.

    • Spider Sprinkles

      Set a centerpiece on an orange table runner or plate and sprinkle spiders around. A little tacky wax will help keep bugs perched in precarious places.

    • Tantalizing Orange Tea Lights

      Line your table with orange tea lights in contemporary white holders. We love the punched-hole version shown here; it reminds us of a jack-o'-lantern.

      SOURCE Tea-light holder: IKEA.

    • Ghoulishly Goofy Straws

      Look for fun Halloween straws to serve alongside bottled beverages.

    • Orange Floral Centerpiece

      Choose bright orange florals for the centerpiece. For a frightening effect, opt for unusual or abstract designs over traditional flowers.

      SOURCE Artificial orange stems: Jo-Ann Stores.

    • Modern Midnight Madness Tabletop

      Quickly dress up your table with a basic black tablecloth, dinner and salad plates in orange and black, and party napkins with a contemporary Halloween pattern.

      SOURCE Melamine plates and skull napkins: Target.

    • Midnight Madness Place Setting

      Fold your dinner napkins in half and place them on top of the salad plates with a single orange gem or candy set on top. Turn the beverage napkins at a 45-degree angle and place them under your cocktail or water glasses.

      SOURCE Gems: moonmarble.com.

    • Party Decor

      Vases with fluffy orange and black ostrich feathers and funky floral stems crawling with spiders work for perfectly petrifying party decor.

      SOURCES White vase: IKEA. Plastic spiders: orientaltrading.com.

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      Spider Candles

      Wrap orange and black pillar candles with Halloween-patterned paper, such as the spiderweb and orange dot designs shown here.

      Editor's Tip: To add height, flip black bowls upside down and use them as pedestals for your candles. Never leave lit candles unattended.

      SOURCE Bowls: IKEA.

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      Eerie Embellishments

      Further embellish orange and black pillar candles with coordinating ribbon and plastic spiders.

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