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    31 Last-Minute Fourth Of July Entertaining Hacks

    Stars and stripes and everything nice. / Via Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

    1. Decorate a cake with raspberries, blueberries, and white chocolate chips.

    This is the best thing that ever happened to cookie cake.

    2. These are the easiest pie tartlets ever, especially if you use store-bought refrigerated pie crust.

    Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough in circles, fill with pie filling, and top with star dough cutouts.

    3. Use red, white, and blue candy corn to embellish cupcakes.

    Flickr: deathbycupcake

    You can even make your own, which I guarantee will taste better than the store-bought kind.

    4. Paint clothespins for the easiest wreath ever.

    How else are your guests supposed to know where da party at??

    5. Cute and easy place setting: Put bandanas in your Mason jars, which can then be used for drinks.

    According to Pinterest, everything tastes better in a Mason jar.

    6. Or stitch 'em together to create a casual outdoor tablecloth.

    7. Kids can get their hands dirty with this Fourth of July T-shirt craft.

    It's Independence Day! Let your kid make their own shirt.

    8. Basket weave your streamers for a simple table decoration.

    9. Make Patriotic Punch.

    1/3 fruit punch, 1/3 blue Gatorade, and 1/3 lemon-lime soda. Add an extra 1/3 of vodka if you're so inclined.

    10. Cut out star stencils out of paper or cardboard and sift flour over them to create lawn stars.

    11. These champagne-soaked white chocolate-dipped strawberries taste as good as they look.

    You had me at champagne-soaked. Get the recipe here.

    12. Decorate your cake with flowers made out of almond slices and berries.

    This is the prettiest 4th of July cake that ever lived.

    13. These pop rocks-filled firecracker cakelettes will give an explosive surprise at first bite.

    For more kid-friendly 4th of July recipes, go here.

    14. Mix up the healthy and the decadent with these dessert kabobs.

    Use brownie bites only if you are morally OK with muddying up your reds, whites, and blues.

    15. Incorporate a flag motif if you're artistic like that.

    16. Slice watermelon and cut star shapes out of them for a beautifully festive fruit salad.

    17. Stick them on wands to make an edible decoration.

    18. Dip your ice cream sandwich in sprinkles.

    So easy, a CHILD could (and should) make these.

    19. Make throw pillow covers with bandanas by tying the edges with festive ribbon.

    No sewing skills needed. For more 4th of July porch decor ideas, click here.

    20. Forgo the usual wreath and make a bandana flag instead.

    21. These breakfast toasts would make your founding fathers proud.

    Benjamin Franklin be like, "Why didn't I think of that?"

    22. Use masking tape to create a super cute tie tank top.

    Now you look like you walked off an '80s Bruce Springsteen music vid.

    23. Tie flag-print handkerchiefs to string to create an easy bunting.

    The concept of bunting actually originated in the United Kingdom, but no one needs to know that.

    24. Turn plain dip into patriotic dip with food coloring-dyed cracker crumbs.

    25. These firecracker bags are insanely easy.

    Just layer a red, white, and blue paper bag and cut the top into fringe. Directions here.

    26. Give the kids their own parade wands.

    They can sashay around like they own the place.

    27. Use a star hole punch to make streamers even cuter.

    28. Employ the same technique to get the easiest 4th of July manicure ever.

    29. Make glowing candle lanterns.

    Just use star stencils and spray-paint Mason jars. Bonus: Use a citronella candle to keep those pesky mosquitoes away.

    30. Got a wood post lying around?

    It'll look great transformed into a rustic flag centerpiece. Directions here.

    31. Give the ideal gift on a hot summer's day.

    If you're not the one doing the entertaining, it's always polite to bring the host the best gift of all — a big ol' watermelon.