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Dress up Your Favorite Appetizers with this Festive Holiday Hack

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easy christmas tree meat and cheese tray

Need a simple holiday appetizer idea for Christmas parties with no cooking involved?!

Consider re-purposing a tree-shaped cake pan as a festive appetizer tray using meat & cheese, sliced veggies, or chopped fruit!  This is a handy tip that I’ve been using for a few years now, and I love the result every time.

If you’d like to compile something special without spending a ton of time in the kitchen, try this trick!

easy christmas tree fruit tray using cake pan

The only real “work” for these festive trays is cutting up veggies, fruit, or meat & cheese pieces. Then you can arrange food in rows like a decorated Christmas tree for a beautiful display that looks fancy but is actually super easy to accomplish!


Hip Tips: 

    • I own these Wilton brand Christmas tree cake pans and store them with my holiday decor bins so I can get them out each year. I love that they pull double duty as a cake pan and Christmas tray. You could likely find something similar at a local thrift store or craft store, too!
    • This same idea can be applied to make lots of different holiday appetizers, such as a fruit tray with cut up pieces of fruit, veggies trays, and also to serve smaller sized Christmas cookies and candies.
    • To save on time, compile your tray the day before and store it covered in the fridge for a convenient make-ahead idea.
    • Use rosemary or other fresh green herbs for festive Christmas tree dividers as I did on my meat and cheese appetizer! Our rosemary bush in my yard comes in handy for this.
    • If you have extra herbs and olives, arrange on a side plate in a circle and it will look like a pretty wreath!

chopped fruit arranged in a Christmas tree pan

No-fuss holiday ideas are the best!

This little cake pan hack is so easy, yet it looks like a lot of time and effort was put into your snack. I brought the fruit trays one year to a family party and also included a yummy 3 ingredient fruit dip using marshmallow fluff served on the side. It was such a big hit and was pretty simple and quick to compile beforehand. Enjoy!

Fruit in tree-shaped tray

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Comments 34

  1. April

    I LOVE this idea! Thank you.

  2. Deb

    Lina, you are the best! I love all of your ideas (and the recipes you post, too)!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Deb for the nice comment!

  3. Sara

    I love this!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Sara!

  4. Liz K.

    Last Christmas, friends brought over a cookie sheet tray with the same idea. Everything was arranged in a tree shape on the pan surrounded by crackers to fill in the outside edges and background.

  5. Heather C

    I thought it said Easter, and I thought “are you kidding me?” Thank goodness it didn’t 🎄

  6. Lisa

    I just saw at the .99 cent store Xmas tree foil pans and pumpkin ones for these awesome ideas.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh great idea!

  7. Lucy

    Gracias!! I really like this idea. I’m going to use it.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’m so glad! Thanks for stopping by 😀

  8. tipaye

    So cute & simple…thank you! 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome! Thanks

  9. Misty

    Thank you for the great idea! I am going to use it for our office snack week.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yay! Sounds perfect for that. 😀

  10. Mary

    Smart and cute idea!! Thank you.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Mary!

  11. agh925

    I now own one of these. Haha! Great idea, Lina!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Haha thanks!! Enjoy <3

  12. Stacy McCafferty

    I love this idea so much! I think I might grab the disposable set of 12 on Amazon for $8.95!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh fun! Thanks so much Stacy!

  13. Alice

    Lina, you are an inspiration! Such an ingenious idea, only wish I thought of it earlier myself. Thanks for all you do in providing creative and simple solutions to everyday challenges.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s so nice Alice! Thanks for the sweet comment, and I do love easy ideas like this <3

  14. Julie M

    Lina, you are both creative and thoughtful. The time and effort you put into your creations and your posts are both very much appreciated and admired. Thank you for gifting us with so many ideas and inspiring us to not only think outside the box but have fun while crafting, cooking, and creating.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ahhh Wow! I’m am always so blown away by everyone’s kind comments. Thank you so much Julie. I’m honored to be apart of our Hip community, especially during the holidays! <3

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  16. Raquel

    Great idea Lina! I went to Walmart on my lunch break and found a green Christmas tree shaped plastic tray (reusable) for 88 cents that will do the trick. Not super deep but about a foot long. It was in the holiday baking section near candy stocking stuffers and gingerbread houses.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s perfect – thanks for sharing Raquel!

  17. Jw206

    Um, hello? GENIUS!!! Love this idea and totally stealing it😁

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s awesome! I hope you do, and thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  18. Teresa W

    Great idea!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Teresa!

  19. Lisha

    Again….YOU rock! Thanks for the recipes, ideas, inspiration, hacks while keeping it fun.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay – thanks for reading and stopping by with a sweet comment Lisha!

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