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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Pinecone-Petal Container for Fall Decorating

From early fall through Thanksgiving, this pinecone-petal container boasts nature's bounty.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspapers
  • Round tin
  • Spray paint in neutral tone
  • Pinecones (or purchase pinecone petals from a hobby store)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Plastic knife
  • Strong adhesive, such as E6000
  • Natural-color braid trim
  • Light-color spray stain (optional)
  • Gourds

How to Make It:

  1. In a well-ventilated work area, cover work surface with newspapers. Spray inside of tin with a light coat of paint; repeat with a second coat if needed. Let dry.
  2. Carefully pull each petal from the pinecones, or use purchased pinecone petals.
  3. Use sharp scissors to clip the narrow knobby end from each petal where it attaches to the cone.
  4. Use a plastic knife to evenly spread a layer of adhesive on the lower portion of the tin, working in 3-inch-tall sections around the tin.
  5. Referring to the photo, adhere petals in rows on the tin, starting at the bottom. For each new row, overlap the petals on the previous row. Leave space around the rim for braid trim. Let adhesive dry.
  6. Cut two strips of braid to fit around the rim of the tin. Adhere one strip on the outer edge and one on the inner edge. Let adhesive dry. If desired, in a well-ventilated area, spray decorated tin with stain; let dry.
  7. Fill the tin with gourds.
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