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There's no better way to celebrate July Fourth than with an all-American cookout. We offer a delicious menu, drinks and activities to get you started. (Gary Moss/Disney FamilyFun magazine/MCT)

5. Chill a platter in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Right before serving, thin the remaining blueberry sauce with a spoonful of water or orange juice. Invert the dessert onto the platter, unwrap it, and garnish it with fresh berries. Use a sharp knife to slice the dessert, and serve it with the sauce. Serves 10.


To add to the festive mood, create some of these simple Fourth of July table settings to really add a splash to your summer get-together. This would be a great project for kids to help with -- just assign an adult to direct the project while you man the food.


You can make a patriotic place setting for each of your guests using this simple technique.

Tape or glue
White poster board or heavy paper
Starlight mint candies
Double-sided tape
Blue napkins


1. Tape or glue a strip of white poster board or heavy paper (ours was 1 inch wide and about 7 inches long) into a ring.
2. Fix a row of Starlight mint candies (in their wrappers) to the ring with double-sided tape.
3. Stuff the ring with a blue napkin and one set of utensils.


Look-alike plastic cups have a way of losing themselves in a crowd. Reduce mix-ups (and waste) with guest-decorated designs.

Craft materials
Plastic cups
Large and small star stickers (red, white, and blue)

1. Add a large red, white or blue star sticker to each cup, along with a few smaller stars for decoration.
2. Next to an assortment of markers, set up a placard directing guests to choose a cup for the event and write their name on it.


Judith Fertig is the co-author of "300 Big and Bold Barbecue and Grilling Recipes" (Robert Rose). Contributor Ken Haedrich is the author of "Pie" (Harvard Common Press) and numerous other cookbooks.

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