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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Tabletop Totem

When it comes to pumpkins, the more the merrier! These orange beauties create a festive tabletop display, complete with lights and guaranteed to get you in the Halloween spirit.


Step 1: Gather several pumpkins of various sizes. Use the widest pumpkin as the base, then stack progressively smaller pumpkins as you work your way up the totem. For our 3-foot-tall totem, we used five pumpkins, ranging from 5 to 9 inches in diameter.

Step 2: Trace a design of your choice on the surface of each pumpkin. You can use homemade designs or those from a purchased kit. Tape a template onto one side of each pumpkin, then outline the designs by using a nail, screw, or special tool (included in many kits) to punch holes through the paper and just into the surface of the pumpkins.

Step 3: Remove the templates. Cut out the top section of the pumpkin, retaining the top of the smallest pumpkin. Remove filling and discard.

Step 4: Using a small knife, carve the designs, following the trace marks you left on the pumpkins' surfaces. The more intricate the design, the smaller the knife blade you will need. Many kits come with several carving tools.

Step 5: With the tops removed, stack the pumpkins. Cut a 1-1/4-inch diameter wooden dowel so it's 2 to 3 inches shorter than the stack of pumpkins.

Step 6: Drill a 1/8-inch hole into the center of a 12-inch-diameter round section of particleboard. Drill a corresponding 1/8-inch hole into the center of the wooden dowel. Using a 1/4-inch screw, attach the dowel to the particleboard base.

Step 7: Carve a small hole in the base of each pumpkin. This hole should be just slightly larger in diameter than the dowel. Spray the inside of the pumpkins with pumpkin preserver, available at crafts stores, to give the display a longer "shelf life."

Step 8: Gather a string of small, white holiday lights and hold it against the dowel. Place the first pumpkin over the dowel and push it close to the base. Pull the holiday lights through the opening, leaving the plug outside the pumpkin. Push the pumpkin all the way to the base, then place the next pumpkin on the dowel and push it close to the first pumpkin. Pull the holiday lights through the base of the second pumpkin, leaving several loops of lights inside. Repeat the procedure until all the pumpkins are in place.

Step 9: Cap the top pumpkin with its stem section. Plug in the lights and enjoy your pumpkin totem pole as part of a festive table setting. It's also big enough to do duty in a window or porch display.


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