Break out the summer berries, folks.
Berry Tartlets
Credit: Eva Kolenko; Styling: Kelly Allen

Cue the tunes. It's time to gear up for celebrating America's birthday with sparklers sparkling, fireworks thundering, and grills getting busy. The 4th of July has always been a huge family holiday for me because summer is sometimes the only part of the year that our extended family has the flexibility to get together. I have so many rich memories of delicious food devoured outdoors, catch-up sessions with my family, and of course--the fireworks.

Aside from the obvious awesomeness that comes with celebrating this massive summer birthday, what would the 4th of July be without some star-spangled red, white, and blue food to further the festivity? I know the tart pictured above is a looker, but I promise you don't have to have any special ninja kitchen skills to master that and the other impressive recipes to follow. All you need is a little festive spirit and a plan. Channel your patriotism into these drool-inducing desserts that practically sing, "My Country 'Tis of Thee" from the plate.

OK, so we're talking about a birthday party--and no party dessert table is complete without the presence of a picture perfect cake. These eye-catching cakes make the most of a red, white, and blue color scheme. And keep in mind, seasonal berries come in clutch when it comes to decorating these beauties as well as your own favorite cake recipes.

But don't stop at cake. Take full advantage of summer strawberries and blueberries to flavor ice pops, top tarts, and more.+Of course, sticking to some standard Jell-O creations is never a bad idea either--always a hit with the kiddos. Although, adults might like a batch of these instead.

A big batch of red, white, and blue cupcakes is a guaranteed hit too. And for even more red, white, and blue recipes, check out our entire collection here.

What are your favorite dessert recipes for the 4th of July? We'd love to hear about what you'll be snacking on for America's birthday party this year.