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    Show Stopping Christmas Tree Centerpiece (Edible)

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    westtextazzy's Note:

    This will stop people in their tracks at any Christmas party or buffet. You need a styrofoam tree (from the craft store). I got this idea from a Gooseberry Patch Christmas book about 10 years ago, and use this for any buffet or party we go to. You will also need a piece of cardboard, toothpicks and foil. Encourage guests to eat the "tree." They may not want to at first.

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    1. 1
      Allow cream cheese to come to room temperature.
    2. 2
      Cover stryrofoam tree base with plastic wrap. Pull tightly and make it smooth.
    3. 3
      Using a frosting knife or spatula, cover the entire tree with cream cheese (not the bottom).
    4. 4
      Layer ingredients starting at the bottom, one row per ingredient.
    5. 5
      Stick a toothpick into the foam and attach the food item to the toothpick.
    6. 6
      Make layers even
    7. 7
      I usually start with cherry tomatoes on the bottom since they are tought enough to hold the weight of the next item.
    8. 8
      Layer the foods in the color combination you like.
    9. 9
      You may repeat layers.
    10. 10
      cover any holes with parsley.
    11. 11
      Buy an inexpensive small star for the top.
    12. 12
      Refrigerate until serving.
    13. 13
      Cut a 22" piece of cardboard.
    14. 14
      Cover it with foil.
    15. 15
      Put the tree in the center and scatter crackers and a couple of bowls of cocktail sauce at the base.
    16. 16
      Encourage guests to eat the tree. They may not want to "ruin" it. Please tell them it's okay.

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    • on December 11, 2009


      I can't say I had your recipe, but I make the same thing every christmas holiday. Mine came from a craft book from up north years ago. It is a wonderful recipe and not hard at all. Mine didn't have shrimp, but broccoli, but the shrimp is a great idea. Fun and really a nice presentation. I'll be sure to try the shrimp this year.

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    Nutritional Facts for Show Stopping Christmas Tree Centerpiece (Edible)

    Serving Size: 1 (93 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 93.1
    Calories from Fat 42
    Total Fat 4.6 g
    Saturated Fat 2.0 g
    Cholesterol 63.0 mg
    Sodium 391.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 3.5 g
    Protein 6.8 g

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