Tree-Shaped Food for Holiday Festivities

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 18, 2020

Print This Post Print This Post Trees belong at the table for the holidays -- as appetizers, lunch, side dish and dessert! Tree-shaped food is easy and fun for festive gatherings.

Tree-shaped food makes holiday festivities all that more special.

Let the festive forest frolicking commence, with a tree at the table!

There’s no better excuse than winter time for having a bit of fun in the kitchen.

Today I suggest that a tree at the table is not only appropriate for your big holiday meal, but for any gatherings between now and then.

A shrub on Saturday, a seedling on Sunday…maple Monday, timber Tuesday, willow Wednesday, teak Thursday, fir Friday…I could go on, except I have run out of days of the week.

Join in on the splendor of saplings, no matter what holidays you celebrate this month. I have rounded up a plethora of pine, poplar and plum for you. I hope you find something here to spruce up your holidays. (See what I did there?)

tree-shaped-food-on-shockinglydelicious-comThere’s always room for a redwood!


Should we start out with a Holiday Cheese Platter, like this one from The Frugal Foodie Mama? Of course we should.

Tree-Shaped Meat and Cheese Platter

Here’s my Shockingly Delicious interpretation of a Tree-Shaped Meat and Cheese Plate. It was our Christmas appetizer! Tree-shaped food rules.

Easy-Tree-Shaped-Antipasto-Platter-from-Lemons-for-LuluOr another starter idea, a tree-shaped Easy Antipasto Platter, from Lemons for Lulu. She gives suggestions for assembly, but you can tweak these ingredients any way you like.

appetizer-treeOr maybe this Appetizer Tree by Red Head Can Decorate. Yeah, get me a Styrofoam cone and let me at this project! How fun would it be to pick these off and eat them, one by one.

Olive-Christmas-Tree-Appetizer-by Deb Attinella of Cooking on the Front BurnerOr pick the olives off this glossy Olive Christmas Tree Appetizer by Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner. Basically, I am always in favor of any food that can be picked apart…it is so satisfying! You can make this a day ahead, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

fruit-christmas-tree-iowagirleatsI could see this Fruit Christmas Tree by Iowa Girl Eats as an appetizer during a holiday cocktail hour, or it can star as a healthy holiday dessert table centerpiece. It’s a work of art, that’s for sure!

christmas-tree-deviled-egg-by-mind-full-momWhat about some Christmas Tree Deviled Eggs from A Mind Full Mom?  I have never turned down a deviled egg, at a party or otherwise.

christmas-cheese-treeThis Christmas Cheese Tree from The Girl Who Ate Everything might just be too pretty to eat. Nah, I’m digging in without remorse.

cranberry-feta-pinwheel-treeLunch can’t get any cuter than this Cranberry and Feta Pinwheel Tree, also from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

tree-bread-by-donna-currieMy foodie pal Donna Currie, an expert bread baker, crafted a Christmas Tree Bread for Serious Eats. This could easily stand in for rolls at the holiday table! I was thinking I might add some chopped spinach and garlic to this. Whaddya think?

christmas-tree-bread-recipe-by-freebie-finding-momWell hey, it looks like my pal Kelli from Freebie Finding Mom had the same general idea with her Christmas Tree Bread. She used pizza dough and stuffed each ball with cheese, and then festooned the top with fresh herbs and garlic butter.

Quick-And-Easy-Artichoke-Spinach-Pinwheels-Christmas-Tree-Watch-What-U-EatAnd so did Swati from Watch What U Eat. Her Artichoke Spinach Pinwheels Christmas Tree looks amazing, doesn’t it?

christmas-morning-cinnamon-rollSpeaking of bread, these Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls from Pamela over at My Man’s Belly will really set the Tannenbaum tone for the day.

Flaky Nutella Tree Pastry on

Or perhaps you’d like your breakfast or brunch sweet tree-shaped food to be filled with Nutella, as is this Shockingly Delicious Flaky Nutella Tree Pastry?

christmas-tree-wafflesAnd that isn’t the only breakfast offering. Christmas Tree Waffles from McCormick (the spice company) can be made with either your own waffle recipe, or start with waffle mix. The tree trick is vanilla flavoring and green food coloring.

easy-rice-krispie-treat-christmas-trees-Rachel CooksThe easiest tree sweet you can make are these Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats from Rachel Cooks. A great last-minute dessert — dye them green, cut into long triangles, stick a pretzel in them and voila!

christmas-tree-meringue-cookies on cookinglsl.comSimple piped meringue transforms into a Christmas Tree Meringue Cookie, created by Mira from CookingLSL. Meringues look fancy, but are very easy to make.

holiday-sugar-cookies-with-diy-colored-sugar-from-the-view-from-great-islandDig your tree-shaped cookie cutters out of the cabinet, and Susan from The View From Great Island assures you these Holiday Sugar Cookies with DIY Colored Sugar are easy. You can make the colors as sophisticated as you like, and royal icing dries hard so they can be packed and given as gifts, or piled on a plate for serving.

decorated-christmas-cookies-from-noshtasticFor a different way to decorate your tree cookie, Sheena from Noshtastic gives us a Christmas Tree Cookie Tutorial. This might be a 2-day process, since the royal icing needs to dry for 6 hours before you add the dots of color for balls and leaves, and then 6 hours after you do that.

christmas-tree-made-from-oreo-ballsSpeaking of cookies, if we take Heather’s creative idea from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we can make an Oreo Cookie Ball Christmas Tree edible centerpiece! She made it for their annual party and it was a huge hit! She placed it in the middle of her dining room table.

buche-de-noel-from-mon-petit-fourI’ve never made a Buche de Noel (Yule Log Cake), but I can’t wait to follow the recipe from Beeta at Mon Petit Four. It is so impressive and festive, yet she assures us you don’t need fancy cake decorating skills. I want to be a cake boss, too.

chocolate-pretzel-treeEasy, kid-friendly, no-skills-needed, last-minute Chocolate Pretzel Trees, from Donuts, Dresses and Dirt.

If you need to see someone making those in real time, here’s a quick video tutorial, below, on how to form little Christmas trees with pretzels

ice-cream-cone-christmas-tree-recipeIf you need a cool kid-do-able Ice Cream Cone Christmas Tree, you’ve come to the right place. My pal Valentina has posted this over on Momtastic. It looks so easy even I could do it.

And in case you need a video tutorial, here’s one on the Christmas Tree Cupcakes using sugar cones as the start of the tree — part dessert, part table decoration…

Maybe not Tree-Shaped Food, but definitely a tree at the table ⇓

fir-tree-napkin-fold-by-denise-vivaldoPerhaps you simply want to express your tree love with your linens? It’s easy to fold your napkins into a fir tree, using this easy tutorial.

Inspired yet? I’ll leave you with arguably the most famous poem about a tree, because everyone should have more poetry, art, beauty, gratitude and trees in their life.


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.  

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;  

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;  

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;  

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

–Joyce Kilmer

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This post was originally published in December 2016, and was refreshed and republished today.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura December 16, 2016 at 8:14 am

These are all great ideas! I’m usually too crazy when I’m getting ready for a dinner party, but these ideas are very doable!


t December 16, 2016 at 7:55 am

such cute ideas I want to make them all


2pots2cook December 15, 2016 at 11:26 pm

Hello ! Now, arriving to your place,I recognize you by the photos I have seen on Pinterest. Thank you for the lovely things you share with us and I wish you have a peaceful and happy holidays 🙂


laura@motherwouldknow December 15, 2016 at 5:02 pm

What an adorable idea! I love Christmas trees even though we don’t have one in the house. My favorites are the buche de Noel and Christmas tree bread. But honestly, they’re all wonderful:)


cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling December 15, 2016 at 9:58 am

These couldn’t be cuter! I’m not great at thinking of cute food but I’m glad there are people who are!


Lauren Kelly Nutrition December 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

I love them all, especially that Fruit Tree! Great collection!


Angie | Big Bear's Wife December 15, 2016 at 7:57 am

They are all so perfect but I love that fruit tree! I am so making that for Christmas eve this year!


Susan Salzman December 15, 2016 at 6:29 am

So fun and so festive!! Happy Holidays, Dorothy!!


Pamela Morse December 15, 2016 at 5:13 am

These are very creative, and you have thought of one for every taste. Cool!


carrie @ frugal foodie mama December 14, 2016 at 5:57 pm

That Fruit Christmas Tree is gorgeous! Thank you so much for including my Holiday Cheese Platter. 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold December 14, 2016 at 9:44 pm

I just love your platter!


Jenn peas and crayons December 14, 2016 at 5:33 pm

These are the cutest little trees ever! Love it!


Krista December 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

I can’t decide which one is my favorite! They all looks so good! If I had to pick I would go with the meat and cheese one!


Des @ Life's Ambrosia December 14, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Oh I am so doing that meat and cheese tree! Love that idea!


Liz December 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Now I feel like making a Buche de Noel! But maybe a cheese tree is all I have the energy to complete!


Dorothy Reinhold December 14, 2016 at 9:45 pm

I feel your pain.


roadstokitchen December 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm

These are all so much fun – I want to have a party and include every single, delicious tree here!


Dorothy Reinhold December 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

It would be a fun theme for a party, eh? Trees at the Table!


Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons December 14, 2016 at 10:33 am

What a super fun list of foods! I love fun in the kitchen!


Maryanne | the little epicurean December 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

Love all these tree ideas! Especially that cheese plate! (Also, that poem brought a smile to my face. My dad used to recite that to me all the time growing up!)


Michelle Goth December 14, 2016 at 9:26 am

These are all just too cute! I don’t know which one to choose!


Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet December 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm

What a thoroughly fun and awesome roundup!


sue | theviewfromgreatisland December 13, 2016 at 4:58 pm

This is such a cute and creative round up Dorothy ~ thanks for including me!


Dorothy Reinhold December 13, 2016 at 7:29 pm

My pleasure! I am coming to YOUR house for some of your cookies!


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