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

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Bat Pumpkin

This bat is sure to terrify intruders with it's frightening, luminous eyes.

What You Need:

This upside-down bat is a great way to welcome ghosts and goblins this Halloween.
  • Tracing paper; pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pumpkin, scooped out with lid cut
  • Paring knife
  • Sticks and twigs
  • 26-gauge orange or black wire; wire cutters
  • Pumpkin-carving tools
  • Glass beads

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Bat pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. To make the design, trace the pattern. Cut out the pattern. Trace around the pattern on the pumpkin. Cut out the shape.

3. Poke a pair of vertical holes above the bat's feet. Hold the stick under the feet with one hand. With the other hand, secure it in place by threading a 3-inch length of wire out one hole, over the stick, and back in through the second hole.

4. Twist the wire ends together inside the pumpkin. Repeat the process with the second pair of holes.

5. Cut a 4-inch length of wire for the face. Thread an orange or black nose bead onto the center of the wire. Bend both wire ends up from the nose and then thread matching eye beads onto either side.

6. If necessary, bend the wire to secure the eye beads in place. Poke the wire ends into the pumpkin flesh on either side of the bat's head.

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