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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Easy No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins

Create these beautiful Halloween pumpkins without lifting a knife.

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    • Pumpkin with Ribbons

      Use a mix of different ribbon and rickrack to decorate your pumpkin. For a quick and easy method, start at the top of the pumpkin near the stem, and hot-glue the trim along the veins of the pumpkin.

    • Skeleton Head Pumpkin

      With its goofy grin and stylish top hat, this friendly skull is more silly than bone-chilling. Spray-paint a butternut squash white. Download the free pattern and transfer it onto the painted squash. Using a small paintbrush, paint the cranial fissures, the nose, and the smile with black crafts paint. Transfer the eye pattern pieces onto black felt, cut out, and hot-glue to the squash as shown. Hot-glue 1-inch-diameter metal washers to the felt ovals for the pupils. Glue a purchased miniature top hat to the top of the squash. For extra Halloween fun, display on a skeleton candle stand like the one shown here.

    • Black Pumpkin with Silver Stickers

      Decorating this pumpkin is as easy as peeling and sticking scrapbook stickers onto the pumpkin surface. Browse the scrapbooking aisle at your crafts store to find Halloween-theme stickers in all styles, shapes, and sizes.

    • Bows & Flowers Pumpkin

      For a more grown-up approach to pumpkin decorating, dress your pumpkins in ribbons and dried potpourri. Use hot glue to add your embellishments.

    • Video: Easy, No-Carve Pumpkin Family

      Make a whole family of funny pumpkin faces -- without picking up a carving tool! Watch the video to learn more.

    • Tabletop 'Mumkins'

      Give plain pumpkins a flowery disposition. Begin carving as you would with a jack-o'-lantern. Carefully cut a lid (keep the stem) and remove the seeds and pulp. Using a drill or nail, make holes just wide enough for the flower stems. Cut the mums' stems about a half inch from the flower head and poke the stems into the holes. Keep the inside of the pumpkin moist; flowers will last two or three days.

    • Owl Pal Pumpkin

      Two pumpkins, glue, paper, scissors, and a few straight pins are all you need to create this wide-eye friend. First stack a round pumpkin (for the head) on top of a larger, oblong pumpkin (for the body). (Secure with hot glue if needed.) Use our free patterns and construction paper to create the owl's clever features. Attach the pieces to the pumpkins using glue and pins.

    • Leafy Centerpiece Pumpkin

      Display your favorite fall foliage colors with simple decoupage. Set leaves between paper towels and flatten them under a book for at least five days. Then brush decoupage glue on a white pumpkin and arrange the leaves. Cut small slits along the edges of the leaves as you go so they'll fit the pumpkin's contours. To finish, coat the decorated surface in decoupage glue.

    • Junk-o'-Lantern Pumpkin

      Play fairy godmother and turn a pumpkin into Cinderella's coach. Instead of a magic wand, use corn planters for the wheels, a soap dish for the driver's seat, a drawer pull for the door, and a sink drain for the window. The little mice are mini pumpkins with upholstery-tack noses, wire whiskers, and nail feet.

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      Beads & Wire Pumpkin

      Decorate a moon-white pumpkin with an intricate Native American design. Gold wire, bugle beads, and seed beads combine to create a crafts project that celebrates the spirit of the first Thanksgiving.

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      Web-Laden Pumpkin

      Add a decorative twist to an ordinary pumpkin with a glittery web and bejeweled spider. All it takes is a few common crafts materials and an hour of your time.

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      Pumpkin Ballerina

      No cutting requires for this darling dancer -- just a touch of paint and simple accessories. The frilly tulle skirt and long arms and nose transform this pumpkin stack into a Halloween ballerina.

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      Seashell-Adorned Pumpkin

      Use a hot-glue gun to decorate a pumpkin with seashells and other beachcombing finds. Experiment with different-size shells.

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      Frosted Pumpkin

      Frost is on the pumpkin -- and your awaited guests will know winter is near when this glistening pumpkin greets them at the door. Fabric paint and glitter turned this ordinary pumpkin into an extraordinary decoration in minutes.

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      Rhinestone Pumpkin

      Dress up a plain pumpkin with glittering black rhinestones and a fake feathered crow.

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      Fresh Ideas for Pumpkin Decorating

      This Halloween, your front porch will be sporting a new take on the traditional jack-o'-lantern. Check out these new ways to paint, sculpt, and embellish your pumpkins.
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