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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Jeweled Eggs Project

It just wouldn't seem like Easter without eggs. And while the deviled, dyed, and chocolate varieties have short-term appeal, these beaded beauties will sparkle year after year.

All That Glitters

Papier-mache eggs encrusted with tiny glass marbles (available by the bag in a rainbow of colors and metallic finishes) really dazzle when paired with white.

We've displayed ours in simple serving pieces taken right from the cupboard: a tray, egg cups, dessert goblets, and a footed hobnail compote.

When your Easter celebration is finished, let guests pick out an egg to take home, or pack the decorations away in tissue-paper-lined shoeboxes. They'll look just as fresh next spring.

Bring On the Beads

Ready to whip up a baker's dozen of these pretty Easter accents? Visit a crafts store for papier-mache eggs, crafts paints, and two "magic" ingredients: double-sided tape and tiny glass marbles, which are poppy-seed-size beads available by the bag in a rainbow of colors and metallic finishes.

Start with a 2- or 4-inch papier-mache egg that you have painted the same color as the beads. After it dries, cover the egg with slightly overlapping vertical strips of 3/8-inch-wide double-sided tape. (Work on a surface covered with freezer paper, shiny side up, so that if you need to set down a taped egg, it won't stick.)

If you want a patterned egg, such as the one with daisies, or with zigzags, cut shapes out of freezer paper and stick them, shiny side down, to the taped egg. Hold the egg over a shoebox and carefully pour beads over the egg until the surface is covered. (The paint color will show through the clear tape, disguising any areas the beads don't stick to.) Remove the freezer-paper cutouts, then pour a different color of beads onto the areas the stickers left bare.

To add dimension to flower petals and centers, or to make raised polka dots, squeeze puff paint onto the beaded egg, then sprinkle the paint with the same color of beads. Apply puff paint to one side of the egg at a time, and let it dry overnight before painting the other side.

To make a plaid egg, place strips of 1/8-inch-wide double-sided tape vertically on top of the beaded egg; remove the tape backing. Apply more strips of tape around the egg horizontally, but leave the backing on. Pour beads onto the vertical strips; remove the backing from the horizontal strips, then pour a different color of beads onto those.


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