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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Shopping for a Crowd

Use this guide when you're planning to buy food for a large group. The size for one serving is listed, but plan about 1 1/2 servings for hearty eaters.

Beverages

Coffee Servings: 25 Serving Size: 3/4 cup Amount Needed: 1/2 to 3/4 pound, ground

Milk Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: 1 1/2 gallons

Soft Drinks Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: three 2-liter bottles

Tea, hot Servings: 25 Serving Size: 3/4 cup Amount needed: 5 quarts (20-25 tea bags)

Tea, iced Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: 1 1/2 gallons (24-30 tea bags)

Orange Juice Servings: 32 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 1 gallon

Lemonade Servings: 32 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: 2 gallons

Beer Servings: 24 Serving Size: 12 ounces Amount Needed: 1 case of 24 cans/bottles

Wine Servings: 10 Serving Size: 5 ounces Amount Needed: 1.5 liter bottle

Desserts

Cake Servings: 24 Amount Needed: two 13x9-inch cakes or one 15x10x1-inch sheet

Ice Cream Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts

Frozen Yogurt Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts

Pie Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/8 pie Amount Needed: three 9-inch pies

Fruit

Canned Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: one 6-1/2 to 7-1/4-pound can

Fresh, Cut-up Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts

Relishes

Carrot Sticks Servings: 25 Serving Size: 2 to 3 sticks (2-3 inches) Amount Needed: 1 to 1 1/4 pounds

Cauliflower Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: four 1-pound heads

Broccoli Florets Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: four 1-pound heads

Celery Servings: 25 Serving Size: 2 to 3 pieces (2-3 inches) Amount Needed: 2 to 3 bundles

Olives Servings: 25 Serving Size: 3 to 4 Amount Needed: 1 1/4 quarts (5 cups)

Pickles, sliced Servings: 25 Serving Size: 3 to 4 slices Amount Needed: 1 quart

Pickles, spears Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1 spear Amount Needed: 1 to 1 1/4 quarts

Rice and Pasta

Elbow Macaroni Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1 cup cooked Amount Needed: 2 1/4 pounds, uncooked

Rice, Long-Grain Servings: 24 Serving Size: 3/4 cup cooked Amount Needed: 2 3/4 pounds (6 cups) uncooked

Spaghetti Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 cup cooked Amount Needed: 3 pounds, uncooked

Salads/Side Dishes

Gelatin Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: three 6-ounce packages, flavored

Lettuce Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: 6 quarts, torn (4 heads)

Potato Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts

Pasta Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts

Main Dish Salads Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 9 quarts

Soup

Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup Amount Needed: three 50-ounce cans, condensed

Vegetables

Canned Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: one 6-1/2 to 7-1/4 pound can

Fresh Potatoes, Mashed Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 7 pounds

Fresh Potatoes, Scalloped Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 7 pounds

Frozen Beans, Peas, Corn, or Mixed Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: three 16-ounce packages

Other

Butter or Margarine Servings: 32 Serving Size: 1 pat (1 teaspoon) Amount Needed: 1/2 pound

Pizza Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/3 of a 12-inch pizza Amount Needed: eight 12-inch pizzas

Potato or Corn Chips Servings: 25 Serving Size: 3/4 to 1 ounce (1 1/2 cups) Amount Needed: 1 to 1 1/2 pounds

Mixed Nuts Servings: 12 Serving Size: 1/4 cup Amount Needed: 12 ounces

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