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 Party Ideas for Adults and Kids

Entertain for all ages on Valentine's Day with our tips for throwing a kid- and adult-friendly party in the same setting.

Romantic Setting for Dinnertime

Adult guests at your Valentine's Day party will love special sentimental touches, so make the party setting romantic with music, lighting, and decorations.

Music: For dinnertime entertainment, instrumental music (such as jazz or classical) is a safe bet that will be enjoyed by all. If you have a few favorite sweetheart songs, put them on a playlist to play in the background. Standard songbirds such as Nat King Cole or Tony Bennett are great options.

Lighting: Nothing makes a dinner table more holiday-ready than candlelight, so incorporate candles into your table decorations. A cluster of pillar candles makes a simple and beautiful centerpiece. Or place votives in the center of all guests' plates with their names on them to incorporate a bit of light into the place settings.

Decorations: A bouquet of red roses (or scattered rose petals) is an easy way to decorate your table for a Valentine's Day dinner party. Keep the arrangement simple in a clear vase or compote; see other easy ways to display roses below.

3 Easy Ways to Display a Dozen Roses

Thoughtful Gifts & Take-Home Party Favors

Give your party guests something to remember the evening with unique party favors or small, special gifts. Show friends or family members how special they are to you with journals full of memories you've shared together. Print the evening's recipes on a note card, attach with a ribbon to a favorite spice used in the meal, and give as a handmade take-home gift.

Throw a Card-Making Party for Valentine's Day

While the adults mingle before dinner, kids will stay entertained with our fun Valentine's Day games and crafts projects.

Games: Hidden valentines around the house with each kid's name on them make an fun hide-and-seek game, or make a puzzle game from an enlarged copy of a family photo cut into pieces. To make the puzzle a bit harder, use a photo of great-grandparents and other relatives, and have the kids guess who's who after the puzzle is complete.

Crafts: For a fun Valentine's Day exchange, have each kid at the party make one Valentine to give to another -- just set out pink, red, and white scrapbook paper, scissors, and stickers, and they'll take care of the rest. For another project, let the kids decorate glass votive holders with acrylic paints. Choose light colors, such as pink, white, and yellow, so light can flicker through the homemade creations.

Sweet Take-Home Gifts for Kids

Young party guests are easy to please with sweet gifts, so they'll love a personalized chocolate bar wrapper with their name or photo on it. Decorate-your-own sugar cookies to take home (or eat!) at the end of the evening also make great gifts for kids. For something less sugary but still sweet, lay clever "coupons" at each child's plate -- one can allow staying up an extra hour after bedtime, another can be for certain TV privileges, or one can be redeemable for an outing with friends.


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