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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Black Cat Pumpkin

All dressed up for Halloween, this cat is made from two stacked pumpkins.

What You Need:

You won't want to cross this cat's path!
  • Small round pumpkin
  • Large tall pumpkin
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • Black spray paint
  • Flat toothpicks
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • 2 flat green marbles
  • Ice pick
  • White crafting wire
  • Black chenille stems
  • Candle
  • Fabric or tie


1. Cut the stem out of the small pumpkin, cutting the circle about 1-1/2 inches from the stem. Scoop out the insides. Using the photo for inspiration, cut two eyes high enough to fit the marbles. Cut out the nose and mouth. Cut two ear shapes from the pumpkin skin around the stem. Cut the stem off the large pumpkin without cutting through the pumpkin skin.

2. In a well-ventilated work area, spray-paint the pumpkins and the ear shapes black. Do not spray directly into the openings for the cat's eyes, mouth, and nose.

3. Hot-glue the marbles to the wide ends of toothpicks. Let dry. Push two toothpicks into the bottoms of the ear shapes.

4. Push the ears into place on the head. Push the marble eyes into place.

5. Use an ice pick to poke three holes on each side of the nose opening for whiskers. Cut six 6-inch-long pieces of wire for whiskers. Shape wires as desired. Poke one end of each wire into the holes made next to the nose.

6. Twist together chenille stems to make a tail. Set the tail under the large pumpkin.

7. Place a candle on top of the large pumpkin. Place the head over the candle. Tie a fabric strip or necktie around the cat's neck.


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