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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Outdoor Entertaining

New to the party-throwing scene? You can still create a refined backyard affair in less than an afternoon. Try these eight simple ideas for instant elegance.

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    • Chill Out

      These bottled drinks were chosen for their bright red color. Display and chill them in a clear glass bowl with plenty of ice. Of course, guests are welcome to help themselves!

    • Mixed Company

      Mix things up a little when you set the table. Heavier blue bowls sit atop delicate white china, and refined wineglasses stand by chunky blue tumblers. Orchids add bright, contrasting color to the tabletop.

    • Table Trim

      What could be easier than iron-on trim? Using fusible webbing, press your favorite trim on the edges of a tablecloth and napkins. Here, aqua blue grosgrain ribbon and embroidered daisy trim pull the pool colors to the table for a refreshing look.

    • Classy Candles

      Dress up a plain glass votive holder with ribbon. Use hot glue to secure blue grosgrain ribbon (about 1 1/2 inches wide) to the glass, then tie a narrow red ribbon around it. Put one votive at each place setting.

    • Cards of Clouds

      Blue sky and white clouds on place cards continue the table's color scheme. To make this project, take Polaroids of the sky, and jot each guest's name on a photo. Or print out digital photos on white paper or pretty note cards.

    • Easy Escape

      To create this dreamy look, use sheer white curtains as walls for your outdoor room. Stretch thin wire between support posts on your porch, then drape the curtains from wires hung on either side of the table. (Try hanging the wires from tall metal pipes if you don't have an existing structure.)

    • Berry Refresher

      Thanks to natural flavors, the water in the pitcher is especially refreshing. Float raspberries, blueberries, and scented geranium leaves or other herbs in water for a fragrant, nonalcoholic drink.

    • Center of Paradise

      The blue bowl serving as the table's centerpiece matches the pool's brilliant color. Vibrant orchids rest on pale white stones, with a little water to keep the blooms fresh. Try zinnias, daisies, or other garden blooms for a casual cottage feel.

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