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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Nostalgic Halloween Party for Kids

Old-fashioned handmade decorations, classic party games, and activities make for a nostalgic Halloween party just for kids.

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    • Retro Kids' Party

      Remember the parties from your childhood with cleverly crafted decorations, fun crafts, and imaginative games? This Halloween, bring back your old handmade and heartfelt favorites.

    • Whoo's Invited?

      Use scrapbooking papers and our patterns to assemble this wise owl invitation, which will spread the word on all the party details.

    • Kid-Approved Feast

      Treat party guests to a fun table with handmade decorations. Serve yummy (and easy!) kids' favorites, such as cheese sandwiches, celery sticks with peanut butter, grapes, and orange juice.

    • Lunch Box Special

      Make serving easy by prepacking a personalized lunch box for each guest. The embellished paperboard boxes also double as take-home favors.

    • Doubled-Up Glasses

      Each glass features two different decorations: a paper owl and a cute name tag (no confusing which cup belongs to whom). Slide the decorated cup into another clear cup to protect the retro artwork.

    • Easy Place Settings

      Skip the party store's usual paper goods, and make your own with a stash of clear plastic plates. Then transform colorful-patterned scrapbooking paper into whimsical table decorations.

    • Easy Centerpiece

      Prop these colorful paper-crafted Halloween tags attached to painted crafts sticks in vases full of popcorn.

    • Funny-Faced Finish

      End the meal with season-appropriate caramel apples. The jack-o'-lantern facial features are cut out from fondant and stuck onto prepared caramel apples. You can opt to serve them as dessert, or wrap the apples in clear treat bags to send home as favors.

    • Game Time

      Use these paper-and-felt-decorated paint cans for a simple game of beanbag toss. Young players toss beanbags into the buckets, counting points by the numbers on the owls' tails. (See next slide for directions on making beanbags.)

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      Custom Beanbags

      Petite pyramid-shape beanbags fit easily into pint-size hands. The appliquéd game pieces will outlive the party and can be added to your kids' toy box once the festivities are over.

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      Play the Game

      Let kids take turns tossing the pyramid-shape beanbags into the owl buckets. Mark a designated throwing line along the floor with masking tape.

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      What a Face

      End the party on a quieter note with a Mr. Potato Head-style pumpkin craft, which takes a little bit of preparty prep. Make the mix-and-match facial features and hats before the party. Paint small pumpkins in different colors and place adhesive fabric dots on the backs of the face pieces. Let kids pick from the premade parts to assemble their imaginative pumpkin pals.

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      Craft with Ease

      By putting the fabric dots on the pieces beforehand, you eliminate the need for messy glue during the party.

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      So Long

      Send guests home with their personalized totes full of take-home treats and lots of happy memories.

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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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