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O Christmas Appetizer Tree

Sure to impress your family and friends as a centerpiece of your party or buffet!  You can customize to your taste, using cheese, meat, olives, cherry tomatoes, or any antipasto item that you can skewer with a toothpick.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: antipasto, appetizer, cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, Christmas, christmas tree, olives


  • Styrofoam cone
  • toothpicks
  • floral pins


  • Styrofoam cone wrapped in plastic wrap
  • 5 – 6 collard leaves
  • floral pins
  • box of toothpicks
  • 21 oz. jar Spanish olives
  • 1 container of Kalamata/black pitted olives from the olive bar at the grocery store
  • Cheddar Cheese cubes about 1 lb.
  • Colby Jack Cheese cubes about 1 lb.
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Star cocktail pick for a tree topper


  • Start with a floral styrofoam cone, The styrofoam cones come in assorted sizes so you can scale this appetizer tree up or down to suit your crowd. Mine was 4 7/8 inches x 17 7/8 inches. The cones are also available in green, but the green was out of stock when I went to buy my cone.
  • Wrap your styrofoam cone in plastic wrap so the styrofoam doesn’t come in contact with your food.
  • To camouflage the cone, wrap it in collard leaves, so the white of the styrofoam didn’t show once the tree is assembled.
  • Remove the large stems from the collards before wrapping them around the cone, overlapping and attaching them with floral pins.
  • Once wrapped, start with the cherry tomatoes as red ornaments, and place them on the tree with toothpicks spacing them evenly on the tree.
  • Add your other ‘edibles’ with a toothpick. You can place them in rows if you like or in a more random fashion. I tucked sprigs of rosemary in between some of the spaces for some fragrant Christmas greenery.


  • Use a tube of denture adhesive cream (like Fixodent) and squeeze some on the bottom of the cone to adhere it to the cake plate to prevent it from toppling or shifting.
  • Use any kind of leaf lettuce to wrap your cone. Kale would give your tree a pretty texture if you leave some of the areas exposed in between your edible decorations.
  • I made this tree appetizer a day in advance, wrapped it plastic wrap and placed it on the screened porch where it stayed nice and cool until ready to serve.