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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Make an Earthy Thanksgiving Invitation

Set the tone for your Thanksgiving gathering with earthy invitations, plus coordinating menus and place cards.

What You'll Need

  • Computer and printer
  • White paper
  • Tan cardstock
  • Corner rounder
  • Patterned paper
  • Brown velvet ribbon
  • Paper adhesive
  • Artificial bittersweet
  • Mini glue dots

How to Make It: Menu and Invitation

  1. For either the invitation or the menu, type the information on a computer, sizing it to fit a 3-1/2-x-7-inch space.
  2. Select one or more fonts of your choice. Vary the font colors and italicize as desired to emphasize key words.
  3. Adjust the left margin to allow for embellishments. (The margin for our invitation is 1-3/4 inches. For our menu, it's 2-1/4 inches.)
  4. Print a test sample on white paper; make adjustments as needed.
  5. When you're pleased with the layout, print the invitation or menu on a 5-1/2-x-8-1/2-inch piece of tan cardstock.
  6. Round the two right corners of the cardstock.
  7. Use adhesive to attach a 1x-8-1/2-inch strip of patterned paper along the left edge; adhere ribbon over the seam.
  8. Attach a sprig of bittersweet using glue dots.

How to Make It: Place Card

  1. Type guests' names in the font of your choice on a computer, adjusting the text to fit each name in a 2x1-inch space.
  2. To position the first name, adjust the left margin to 1-1/4 inches to allow for embellishments, and adjust the top margin to 1-1/2 inches to allow for the place-card back. Space additional names 2-1/2 inches apart to fit three names along an 11-inch edge of cardstock. Add a second row of names by repeating the measurements.
  3. Print a test sample on white paper; make adjustments as needed.
  4. When you're pleased with the layout, print the place cards on an 8-1/2x11-inch sheet of tan cardstock in landscape mode.
  5. Cut the cards to measure 3-1/2x3 inches with the name about 3/8 inch from the bottom and right edges of the card.
  6. Score the top of the card in the middle and fold. Use adhesive to attach a 3/4x3-inch strip of patterned paper along the left edge; adhere ribbon over the seam.
  7. Attach a piece of bittersweet using glue dots.

Note: The final size of the place cards will be 3-1/2 inches wide by 3 inches deep. You should be able to fit six place cards on each sheet of 8-1/2 x 11-inch cardstock when formatted and printed in landscape mode. Refer to diagram for formatting specifics.

Download the place card diagram.

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