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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Turkey Day Games

Get your body and mind moving after a big meal with games that are fun for everyone. And don't forget to have the old standbys on hand -- such as checkers, cards and board games.

Pass the Apple: Form two teams, with equal numbers of players. Line up facing each other, sitting or standing. Place a chair at the head and the end of each line. Place six apples on the chair at the head of each line. Each player grasps the right wrist of the player to the right. The first player picks up an apple with her free hand and puts the apple into the right hand of the player next to her, still keeping hold of their joined hands. The apple must be passed down the line this way and if it drops, it must be picked up without breaking the chain. When all the apples have been passed, reverse the procedure. The team that gets all the apples back to the original chair first is the winner!

Thanksgiving Dinner: Players sit in a circle and the first player starts by saying, "On the first Thanksgiving dinner, the Pilgrims ate turkey." The next player must repeat this and add another dish. The game continues with each player adding an item to the menu. The player who makes a mistake drops out and the game continues until there is one player left.

Pumpkin Roll: Take two large pumpkins and two sturdy sticks (hockey sticks work well). The players line up at the starting line with the pumpkins turned on their sides. On the count of 3, players use the stick to roll the pumpkins to the finish line. Younger players can use their hands instead of the sticks. This game is easy to play in teams to make a relay race.

Corn Hunt: This game is much like hiding Easter eggs on Easter. Hide kernels of corn around the room. Set a 3-minute timer and let the fun begin. Whoever finds the most wins the game.

Picture Stories: Cut up pictures and paste them on cardboard. Place the pictures in a large bag. The children then pick out a few cards and make up a story. Who has the best imagination?

Name That Dance: A member of each generation dances their favorite dance. Players try to name the dance. Then everyone tries to do it.

Top Turkey: Pick someone to be the fox. The fox stands at one side of the yard while everyone else ("the turkeys") stand at the other side. Then the fox yells "Turkeys on the run!" The fox tries to tag as many turkeys as he can while the turkeys try to get across the yard. The turkeys who are caught join the fox to help catch the balance of the turkeys. The last turkey is declared the "Top Turkey."

Gather Family Stories: Here's how: Get a handheld video recorder or an audio tape recorder, and some blank tape. Now take each of your relatives into a quiet area one-by-one and ask them to describe what it was like to be a kid, the funniest thing that ever happened to them or their greatest challenge. Edit the video or transcribe the tape and make copies in time for the next family gathering.

Turkey Strut: Place masking tape Xs all over the floor. Start the music and let the children pretend to be turkeys and strut around the room. When the music stops, the turkeys need to be on one of the Xs. Start the music again and let the turkeys strut some more. This game is great for little ones since, unlike Musical Chairs, here there's at least one space for every player.

Wobble Gobble Turkey: Play some upbeat music, and ask the children to move like: big turkey, little turkey, happy turkey, scared turkey, tired turkey, sad turkey, goofy turkey, and any other kind of turkey you can think of.

Bubble Walk: After that huge turkey dinner, load up your tired children in a wagon and pull them around the neighborhood. Give them a bottle of bubbles and watch the fun. You will enjoy your walk even more.

A to Z: This game lets everyone get in on the act. The first person tells everyone the things he is thankful for that start with the letter "A," like apples, Alaska, and aunts. The next person uses the letter "B," and so on.

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