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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8 Great Father's Day Gifts

Hurrah for Dad! Celebrate the man of the house with an imaginative gift that honors his personality.

Star Chef

For the dad who knows the difference between bearnaise and balsamic, a kitchen apron is the perfect fit. To make this no-sew gift you'll need iron-on fusible webbing, fabric, and a plain apron. Begin by tracing the letters in reverse onto the paper side of the fusible webbing. Iron letters onto fabric and cut out. Remove the paper backing on the letters and iron them to the apron.

Magna cum Laude

Whether Dad reads Ezra Pound or about pounding nails, a bookmark hits the spot. Make a bookmark from fabric and iron-on fusible webbing. Cut two pieces of fabric and one piece of fusible web to size. Iron fabric to webbing, remove paper, and repeat process with second fabric cutout. Trim edges and corners with pinking shears.

Fishing Champ

Every good fisherman needs a good reading light to map out the next trip. Purchase fishing bobbers and sinkers at sporting goods stores. Sew them to a paper lampshade using heavyweight thread the same color as the shade. Repeat until shade is embellished.

Historian

Create fabric-covered storage boxes for Dad. Measure inside of each box and cut fabric to fit. Clip fabric to corners and glue. Measure outside of each box, adding 2 1/2 inches to each piece of fabric. Outside fabric will wrap around to the inside of each box, concealing the rough edges. Clip the corners of the fabric to the top edge of the lid, folding one side at a time, and glue.

Organizational Man

A valet box helps Dad find his keys and watch. Measure inside of each box and cut fabric to fit. Clip fabric to corners and glue. Measure outside of each box, adding 2 1/2 inches to each piece of fabric. Outside fabric will wrap around to the inside of each box, concealing the rough edges. Clip the corners of the fabric to the top edge of the lid, folding one side at a time, and glue. Line each box with felt trimmed by pinking shears.

Movie Buff

Dad needs a place to set drinks and popcorn. Our coasters are made from two round, contrasting pieces of fabric stitched together. Begin by cutting 4 1/2 inch circles from both cotton and felt. Put the cotton round on the felt one. With embroidery thread, sew a running stitch about 1/2 inch from the edge of the coaster.

Prize Fighter

Monogram a pair of boxer shorts to furnish his dresser drawers. (Confirm Dad's current waist size before proceeding.) Purchase iron-on letter patches at fabric stores. Place the letters D-A-D on the lower corner of the shorts and iron.

Best-Dressed List

Modern dads love ties, especially when not around their necks. Find six different ties to make an 18-inch square pillow. Begin by removing the ties' interfacing. Trim each tie to 20 inches in length. Also trim the width of the ties, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance on both sides. Sew ties together. Cut a 19-inch square back from wool or felt. Right sides facing, sew ties and backing together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance and leave a 6-inch opening. Turn right side out. Insert pillow form. Whipstitch the opening closed.

Originally published in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, June 2004.

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