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