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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Crow in a Cage and Jack-o'-Lantern Pumpkin Stencils

Add a cage pattern to a painted-white pumpkin for a spooktacular no-carve pumpkin design.

Download the pattern directly onto sheets of adhesive-backed vinyl. Note: We used Cricut Adhesive-Backed 3 mil Vinyl, available at crafts stores. With scissors or a crafts knife, cut the birdcage top and bottom, crow, and branch from vinyl. Cut several 1/8-inch strips for birdcage wires with a paper cutter.

Choose one of the following methods to apply the pattern to the pumpkin. Carefully remove backing from each piece; press pieces onto pumpkin. Apply wire strips last, trimming to fit and referring to the photo for placement. Or use transfer tape to apply your design. Print pattern onto computer paper. Note: We used Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape, available at crafts stores. Lay the transfer tape over the pattern and remove backing sheet. Press the cut pieces onto the transfer tape. Position the transfer tape onto the pumpkin, pressing all areas to adhere vinyl.

Embellish the birdcage with adhesive-backed gems and beads.

Get the birdcage design.

Trace or download the pattern and transfer to your pumpkin. Using a knife or carving tools, cut out the design.

Get the jack-o'-lantern design.

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