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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Farm House-Style Holiday Entertaining Menu

From the meatball appetizer to the chocolate cake, this is a real down-home meal. The pork and the corn casserole cook in the same oven, so cook the corn longer than called for in the recipe -- it's at a lower temperature than if you made it on its own. The menu serves 8 to10 adults: that would translate into 6 adults and 6 or so young children if they eat like most kids do when they're at a party and are distracted by everything around them.

Appetizer

Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs

Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs recipe

This timeline shows how far in advance food preparation for the menu can take place. Following these tips allows maximum time with your guests and minimum fuss.

Up to 1 month before

  • Bake chocolate cake layers. Cool completely, wrap well, and freeze.

Up to 1 week before dinner

  • Prepare marinade for pork roast. Cover and refrigerate.

Up to 2 days before dinner

  • Cook Sweet and Sour Cabbage and cool. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Prepare Creamed Corn Casserole through step 2. Cover with foil and refrigerate.

Up to 1 day before dinner

  • Marinate pork roast. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Thaw frozen meatballs in refrigerator.
  • Prepare layered vegetable salad. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Thaw cake at room temperature.

Up to 6 hours before dinner

  • Bring corn casserole to room temperature.
  • Make no-cook frosting and frost cake.

2 hours before dinner

  • Roast pork in 325-degree oven.
  • Prepare sauce for pork.
  • Place foil-covered corn casserole alongside pork. It will take longer than 1 hour to cook because the oven is at 325 degrees F., less than called for in the recipe. Stir, cook until hot, and keep warm until the roast is cooked.

1 hour before dinner

  • Cook meatballs; keep warm.

20 minutes before dinner

  • Reheat Sweet and Sour Cabbage.
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