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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Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Get the little ones involved in Valentine's Day festivities with our fun Valentine's Day crafts for kids! Help them learn how to make a paper flower bouquet, Valentine's Day cards, sweet treats, and more. These Valentine's Day crafts for kids are perfect for gifting to your loved ones this Valentine's Day.

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    • It's Crafting Time!

      Celebrate the sweetest holiday of the year with your little ones! They'll love getting involved in every aspect of the crafting process and you'll love seeing them get so excited about Valentine's Day.

    • Alphabet Crayon Melts

      Don't throw away your broken crayons! Simply transform them into a kid-friendly love letter that they'll use again and again. To make, start by peeling the wrappers off the crayons. Break down the crayons to make melting easier. Place the crayons in a microwave-safe container with an inch of water. Microwave in bursts of 30 seconds. Use a spoon to dab the melted crayons into an alphabet candy mold. Scrape a thin spatula across the top of the mold to remove excess; let cool. Pop letters out and compose your message!

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    • Candy Hearts

      Fill hanging heart-shape boxes with sweets for your little valentines to enjoy. To make each box, trace three large same-size hearts on the back of 12x12-inch cardstock; cut out. Tape the three hearts together to create a cone. Glue two strands of ribbon inside the cone to hang. Fill with candy!

    • Valentine's Day Glasses

      Your kids will love wearing these Valentine's Day glasses, and you'll love snapping an Instagram pic of your little one wearing them! Simply trace two connecting same-size hearts on a sheet of red or pink construction paper. Tape the paper to a red pencil and decorate with ribbon, baker's twine, and stickers.

    • Cross-My-Heart Pin

      Give each of your kids' friends a homemade brooch to wear on Valentine's Day. To make, cut hearts from felt, about 3" wide by 2" tall. Stitch desired patterns onto felt with needle and silver thread, or use extra felt to create cute arrows cutting through the hearts. Sew buttons on to decorate, and glue a pin to the back of each heart to finish.

    • Cupcake Liner Flowers

      Instead of red roses, arrange a cheerful bunch of frilly paper blooms with your kids this Valentine's Day. To make, create a loop at the end of a piece of florist's wire. Stack two mini cupcake liners and three regular-size liners, and use a needle to make a small hole in the center of each liner. String a mini cupcake liner through the bottom of the looped florist's wire. Add a bit of gel adhesive to the loop; push liner up and gather it at the center, adhering it to the glue. Repeat with remaining cupcake liners, gathering over the first. Wrap the stem with florist's tape.

    • Decked-Out Valentines

      Let your kids' imaginations run wild while decorating their valentines with a full spread of creative embellishments. Set up a station on your kitchen table with buttons, ribbons, stickers, washi tape, and more! The kids will love getting free reign to decorate their valentines as pleased.

    • Secret Messages

      This cute Valentine's Day crafts is an art project and fun activity all rolled into one! Simply cut hearts from white paper and write love notes on them with a white crayon before your kids get up in the morning. Hide the hearts in strategic locations, place a box of watercolors at the breakfast table, and let your little ones brush paint over the hearts to reveal the sweet Valentine's Day messages.

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    • X-O-X-O Food Toppers

      Sweeten your meals on Valentine's Day with our kid-friendly craft. Trace multiple Xs and Os from cardstock using letter scrapbooking templates; cut out. Tape or hot-glue each letter to a lollipop stick. Stick them in your kids' sandwiches, cupcakes, or other festive treats.

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      Lollipop Valentines

      These oh-so-sweet lollipop treats double as kid-friendly valentines. Simply fold a piece of cardstock in half, insert lollipop inside, and embellish with store-bought scrapbooking stickers and messages. It makes a perfect valentine crafts to share with the kids.

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      Stamp Art Valentines

      Watch your kids make their mark this Valentine's Day with help from a personalized stamp. Cut crafts foam-core board to 3x4-inches. Help your child write a note backwards in pencil, pressing deeply into the foam. (To make your message read backwards, write words on paper and hold up to mirror to see reverse text.) Brush a thin layer of paint across the surface of the foam, covering it evenly from edge to edge. Press and rub paper, label, or tag on top of painted foam, applying some pressure. Peel back and let dry. Repaint before each print, changing the color if desired. Attach the Valentine's Day crafts cards to small bags of candy or other gifts.

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      Adorable Frog Valentine

      Cut paper into heart shapes to make our toad-ally too-cute frog valentine. To make, fold a piece of crafts paper in half, then in half again. Draw a half-heart against the folded corner, making sure it aligns with the folds. Cut out, unfold, and flatten. Cut out four legs -- two at an angle, and two straight. Punch six hearts and glue to ends of the legs as shown. Glue legs under the big heart, and bend larger legs in the middle. Cut out eye shapes and a tongue and glue in place.

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      Handcrafted Valentine's Day Decor

      Express your affection by creating these simple handmade gifts and decorations for Valentine's Day. From heart-shape art to pretty Valentine's Day decor for your mantel, these crafts and projects will be loved on February 14 and beyond.
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