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

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Lacy Leaves

A pre-Thanksgiving trip to collect leaves to use as patterns is part of the appeal of this project. Scatter the graceful leaves around a pumpkin to create a seasonal centerpiece.

What You Need:

Golden leaves based on the real thing.
  • Real leaves (oak and maple leaves have wonderful shapes)
  • Window screen (available by the foot at hardware stores); approximately 6 square inches for each leaf you wish to make
  • Newspaper
  • Gold spray paint
  • White typing paper
  • Permanent black marker
  • Old scissors (cutting metal screening may dull your favorite scissors)
  • Gold, copper, or bronze paint pen (often used for fabric painting; available at fabric, discount, and crafts stores)

Instructions:

1. Collect your favorite fall leaves. Pick shapes that have some cleanly formed edges.

2. Cut and paint the window screen. Cut the screen a little larger than the leaf. Lay the screen on some newspaper and spray the screen gold. Let it dry and paint it on the other side. Let the paint dry thoroughly.

3. Transfer leaf shape onto screen. Lay the leaf on the piece of white paper and put the painted window screen over the leaf. Draw around the leaf with the permanent marker. Add the veins of the leaf with marker. (See Photo 1.)

4. Cut out the leaf shape using old scissors. (See Photo 2.)

5. Use the paint pen to edge the leaf and trace over the veins. (See Photo 3.) Let the paint dry. Bend the leaf slightly to make it look real.

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