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« on: November 22, 2011 06:20:22 PM »

These are SUPER easy to create, but really make such a great visual for your party or appetizer table.  I think they'd be especially festive for Christmas since they are little trees. Cheesy

I made them for a baby shower.  I don't think I have any in-progress photos, but it's so easy that you won't even need them.





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Florist foam tree (is that the actual term for them?) -- I got mine at JoAnns
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Food -- I used cheese, tomatoes, olives and strawberries
Plate, tray or decorative platter -- I used two square dinner plates.  Square plates make everything look fancier, right? Cheesy

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1)  Wrap your florist foam in foil.  I wrapped mine and then taped the bottom to secure it.
2)  Arrange toothpicks into the foam.  Insert them halfway.  Space them as to leave just enough space for your particular type of food -- you don't want to see gaps between the food. Smiley
3)  Stick your food! Smiley  Fill all the toothpicks until your tree is entirely covered in yummies.
4)  Place your finished tree on a pretty plate or platter for serving.
5)  Enjoy!

I did one or two diagonal rows of toothpicks at a time (step 2), filled them (step 3) and repeated until the tree was fully.  It made it a little easier, as theire were less toothpicks sticking out and attacking me at any given time.
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011 06:53:07 PM »

fun!
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2011 07:12:46 PM »

neat!
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011 07:40:05 PM »

wow that is awesome! thanks for sharing your inside tips Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011 08:09:58 PM »

Ah! It's like a croque-en-bouche but with veggies! I love it! This is an awesome entertaining idea!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2011 09:19:49 PM »

Those look great!  I'm going to bookmark this so the next time I get asked to bring something to a shower, I'll be able to find the instructions quick like.
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2011 05:30:13 PM »

kids would definitely enjoy the creation.super fun to pick your favorite just sad to have the tree stripped down  Cheesy looks delish you gave me an idea for my glazed carrot this thanksgiving my my yummy
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2011 11:24:02 AM »

That's awesome!  I like how it gives height to the tablescape (I think that's the right word Smiley ).
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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2011 11:33:26 AM »

Those definitely look awesome! I think I would be reluctant to take anything off them though and ruin the pretty! LOL
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2011 10:39:27 AM »

totally brilliant!
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2011 11:30:55 AM »

They look very nice.  My brother used to make them whenever my mom had a shower, but he used a pineapple to stick them on.  He made lot's of melon balls, as well as grapes and strawberries etc.
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2012 05:34:31 AM »

Those are AWEsome! The appy tree has everything going for it - taste, color, shape. Great job.
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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2012 05:39:57 AM »

YAY!!!! those are so pretty!   my daughters' teacher makes a similar arrangement for their Christmas Writing Festival. she makes it with kiwi, strawberries and white grapes. now i know how to make my own!  Thank you!!
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2012 03:03:04 PM »

That's nifty Cheesy  Think I might have a go at making one with fresh berries.  Or truffles.  Hehehe... 

When you say it's a foam tree, do you mean the white craft styrofoam, or the stinky green 'oasis' stuff that florists use? 
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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2013 09:20:34 PM »

I've had this bookmarked for a long time just waiting for the right time to try it.  Well today that time arrived.  I was helping a friend with her son's wedding shower and I offered to do the fruit.  I made two trees, one with strawberries and topped with blackberries and one with grapes and blackberries.  They were a huge hit!!  No one had ever seen anything like it.
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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2013 10:35:59 AM »

I've had this bookmarked for a long time just waiting for the right time to try it.  Well today that time arrived.  I was helping a friend with her son's wedding shower and I offered to do the fruit.  I made two trees, one with strawberries and topped with blackberries and one with grapes and blackberries.  They were a huge hit!!  No one had ever seen anything like it.

Aww, that is so fun!  I'm glad you got to use the idea!
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