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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St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick's Day by making creative crafts with your kids! They'll love putting on a leprechaun beard, playing with their new shamrock pinwheels, or handing out homemade goodie bags. We even have St. Patrick's Day crafts for you to try!

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    • Leprechaun Beard

      Let your little leprechauns look the part with our easy-to-make beard. Cut out a beard shape from corrugated cardboard (with the corrugations running vertically). Glue orange faux fur to the cardboard; trim to beard shape. Place a bit of glue on the end of a bamboo skewer, then insert it into one of the center flutes of the cardboard. Let the glue dry before employing the disguise.

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    • St. Patrick's Day Pinwheel

      All you need to get your shamrock spinning is a simple puff of air! Cut out a shamrock shape from double-sided scrapbooking paper. Press a tack through the center of the pinwheel and into the side of a pencil's eraser, leaving a bit of space so the paper can turn freely. Blow on the side of the shamrock for the best spin.

    • Wearable Four-Leaf Clover Craft

      A few supplies: Our free four-leaf clover template (available, below), green felt, heart buttons, and watercolors, plus a hair clip or pin, create a no-fail way to avoid getting pinched this March 17. Full instructions, below.

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    • Shamrock Hats

      On a dinner-size paper plate, draw a circle about 1-3/4 inches from the edge. Draw your shamrock inside this circle, with the base of the shape touching the line (for a symmetrical design, fold the plate in half before drawing half the shape along the fold). Cut out the shape and the head hole along the curved line. Bend up the shape. Have your child try on the hat, and widen the head hole as needed. Decorate the hat with paint, crayons, markers, and glitter.

    • St. Patrick's Day Goodie Bags

      Kids of all ages will love these St. Patrick's Day goodie bags. To make, fill a cellophane bag with various colored green candies. Stitch a festive piece of fabric and a home-printed tag across the top using the zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.

    • Swinging Shamrocks

      Bright green shamrocks are the quintessential St. Patrick's Day decor idea. Cut four half-inch rings from a flattened cardboard tube, then cut through one of the folds on each ring. For three of the rings, bend and glue the two ends to form a heart-shape leaf. Fold the fourth ring into a triangular stem and glue the ends together. Glue the stem between two leaves, then glue on the third. Paint the shamrock green. When it's dry, hang it with fishing line or string.

    • Cupcake Toppers

      Amp up your favorite St. Patrick's Day desserts with some adorable cupcake toppers that take just minutes to pull together. Back a festive St. Pat's sticker on sparkly green cardstock and hot-glue to a toothpick.

    • Leprechaun Doughnuts

      Satisfy any wee visitors this St. Patrick's Day with a box full of tiny O-shape cereal disguised as adorable doughnuts.

      Make Chocolate Sprinkle Doughnuts:
      Dip the tops of O-shape cereal into melted dark or white chocolate (the tines of a fork work well for this) and cover with sprinkles.

      Make Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts:
      Over medium-high heat, dissolve 1/2 cup sugar in 1/2 cup water. Let cool. Dip the Os, a few at a time, in the syrup, then toss them in a small bowl of cinnamon sugar.

    • Lucky Four-Leaf Clover Pins

      Create your own luck with an easy four-leaf clover pin. Cut clover shapes from different colors of green felt, layer the pieces together, and secure using glue. Embellish the clover with buttons, ribbon, and other trims. Adhere a safety pin to the back.

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      Leprechaun Pin

      Gather scraps of felt to make a fun no-sew leprechaun for St. Patrick's Day.

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      Celtic Stencil Art

      Irish Celtic stencils and a box of watercolors are all you need to whip up a pair of sophisticated pieces of art. Lay a Celtic design stencil on a sheet of watercolor paper using painter's tape to secure. Fill in the design using watercolor paint (a light touch will help you create variated light and dark areas for depth); let dry. Lay the design on crafts paper (use a coordinating color to give it a matted look), and display in a simple glass-clip frame.

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      Four-Leaf Clover Door Hanging

      Bring a touch of luck into your home with a festive St. Patrick's Day door hanging. Start with wooden shamrock shapes (available at most crafts stores). Use spray adhesive to attach a variety of green scrapbook papers to the wooden shapes; let dry. With a utility knife or scissors, cut out the shamrock shapes. Apply Mod Podge with a foam brush; let dry. Attach the shapes to ribbon using glue dots; add scrapbook letters to each one. Top the hanging with a wooden "luck" cutout.

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      Yarn-Wrapped St. Patrick's Day Vase

      Repurpose an old wine bottle into a pretty St. Patrick's day craft. Start by wrapping bright green yarn or embroidery floss around the neck of the bottle, securing the loose end underneath the yarn as you go. End your wrapping an inch or so from the bottom of the bottle; secure with a dab of hot glue. Use a mix of different shades of green ribbon to tie on a seasonal computer-printed tag.

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      Celtic Pattern Tablecloth

      Use large-scale medallion and border stencils to turn a plain tablecloth into a dramatic accent you can use year-round -- but especially on St. Patrick's Day. Lay a tablecloth on a flat surface and place the stencils, securing them with a bit of tape. Fill in the designs with fabric paint, using medallions on the corners and aligning border stencils along the sides. We used white paint on a taupe-color cloth.

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