Holiday Veggie Platters (Christmas Tree & Ornament)

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Let’s start today’s post with a GIVEAWAY! ENDED. Congrats to Jordan Leigh!

So far we don’t have too many traditions established, but we have started a few new ones every single year. I think it’s safe to say the favorite tradition in the family (so far) is the elf on the shelf. The husband is the genius behind the elf because my creativity is apparently limited to recipes. (When I set up the elf, it never gets the reaction that the husband can get. ?)

EASY Holiday Veggie Platters!! Two easy ways to dress up your holiday veggie platters! A Christmas Tree and an Ornament made out of veggies with delicious dips! chelseasmessyapron.comIn the days the elf has been around he’s colored pictures of himself with the boys, he’s crashed Grey’s toy airplane in the chandelier, he’s built a mega tower with the boys’ blocks, he’s stolen Grey’s favorite cereal, he’s climbed on to the top of the tree, and he’s taken over the boy’s basketballs. Phew. Busy elf.

Every morning Grey gets so excited to see what the elf’s been up to. He then inevitably tells me “The elf so funny mama” every single morning with whatever shenanigans it’s been up to. And the very next thing he does is whine to get his toys back from the elf that so rudely stole them. ?EASY Holiday Veggie Platters!! Two easy ways to dress up your holiday veggie platters! A Christmas Tree and an Ornament made out of veggies with delicious dips! I chelseasmessyapron.com

Another tradition we’ve started this year is more festive foods! The boys and I have made a Christmas-y treat just about every day of December so far! We’ve made Christmas oreo pops, more Christmas oreo pops, Christmas truffles, and other holiday themed treats.

(Don’t worry, we don’t eat them all!) We’ve been giving lots of friends and family our treats. 🙂 But we do definitely have a few tastes! And with all those tastes, we’ve definitely needed more veggies in our diets. We made these platters together (the one the boys worked on didn’t *quite* make the cut for final blog pictures….haha).

The first is a Christmas tree and the second, an ornament.

I’ve shared Marzetti’s dips and dressings in several past recipes throughout the years because I love them so dang much. They are always super high quality and the taste — spot on. My favorite dip to go with these veggie platters is the Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip. That dip (and their other dips) enhance the flavors, freshness, and goodness of veggies. Marzetti Veggie Dip is rich, thick, and creamy and the perfect dip to create rich memories with friends and families this holiday season!

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Holiday Veggie Dips (Christmas Tree & Ornament)

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Holiday Veggie Dips (Christmas Tree & Ornament)

4.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Christmas Tree

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • 10 stick pretzels
  • 3-4 slices Cheddar Cheese
  • 2-3 slices Swiss, Provolone, White Cheddar, or Pepperjack
  • Miniature Christmas cookie cutters optional
  • Marzetti Veggie Dips

Ornament

  • Mini Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • 3-4 slices Cheddar Cheese
  • Red and/or white pipe cleaner

Instructions

Christmas Tree

  • Chop the broccoli and cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Slice the stems of the broccoli and cauliflower very straight so they will stand up on the platter.
  • Lay out the broccoli in the shape of a Christmas tree.
  • Place cherry tomatoes to look like strands of ornaments.
  • Place the cauliflower at the bottom of the platter to look like snow.
  • Arrange pretzel sticks in between the broccoli tree and cauliflower snow.
  • Using a small cookie cutter (or cut with a knife) cut out shapes in the cheese to decorate the tree. I use cheddar cheese for ornaments and the star on top and provolone for snowflakes outside.
  • Serve with Marzetti veggie dip of your choice!

Ornament

  • Fold a pipe cleaner to form a circle. Tape on to the back of a circular plate.
  • Arrange miniature carrots around the top of the plate.
  • Add cherry tomatoes below the carrots.
  • Add a row of sliced cucumbers.
  • Repeat: cherry tomatoes and then carrots.
  • If desired, cut out shapes in the cheese to decorate.
  • Serve with Marzetti veggie dip of your choice!

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  1. This idea is SO cute! I definitely want to try it. As for holiday traditions, when my nieces and nephews were younger, and we’d all gather together, we’d open presents together on Christmas Day. Either the youngest family member or oldest family would start first (followed by the next older or younger) by opening one present at a time. It was a lot of fun and gave everyone time to ooh and ahhh over the gifts they were opening.

  2. 4 stars
    Love the christmas tree platter – and so easy! We live in Ohio, so it’s not Christmas until I make ‘buckeyes’ with my mom and grandma. They are just a few ingredients but a huge hit with friends and family. Last year we even added M&Ms – amazing!

  3. 4 stars
    I always make up cookie dough ahead of time and my grandchildren come an spent the weekend with us, while they are here we cut out cookies and they do all the decorating. I set out bowls of all the different decorating items glitter, sprinkles, m&m’s, licorice ropes, etc and they just go to town. They always get to take there favorites home so they have some to save for Santa.

  4. We have many christmas traditions. Elf on the shelf is one of them. We also go to all the local christmas light events in the area such as the zoo. And can’t forget watching Polar Express at Christmas.

  5. This is such a cute idea! I am Italian and every Christmas my mom and I together make a delicious mascarpone cream to serve with panettone. Also, we play cards after the big Christmas lunch.

  6. As a kid, every year right before Thanksgiving we would all get together at the kitchen table and have a nut-shelling party — we lived in a pecan grove and those nuts were picked by us 6 kids after school every day and stored in 5′ tall sacks until they were dry and ready to be shelled. We made baked goodies for all of the extended family for Christmas.

  7. Our favorite traditions are decorating gingerbread houses… sometimes homemade and sometimes store bought and lighting candles on the advent wreath. We have a special dinner every Sunday and light the candle. Keeps the spirit going the entire season.

  8. Love this! So cute. We have so many traditions since it is my favorite time of year. But I especially love our hot chocolate, homemade pizza Christmas movie nights by the fire. But looking at Christmas lights is a close 2nd. With hot chocolate again of course…

  9. 4 stars
    We actually have 2 traditions. Since the kids were 3 years old and able to reach the top of table they get to spend a day with Granny (Me).
    We spend all day making cookies and listening and singing to Christmas songs.

    Our 2nd tradition is I buy all the grandkids matching pajamas to wear Christmas Eve and wake up to see what Santa brought. It’s getting a little harder now since kids are getting into adult sizes.

  10. 5 stars
    My favorite Christmas tradition is we have appetizers galore for Christmas Eve. Our family comes & celebrates
    I’m going to include your recipe of making my vegetables in the shape of a tree

  11. One of the best traditions that my own parents started, and then we continued with our own children, was to have the kids get into their PJs, pile into the car and go out and look at Christmas lights together. Love the oohhhss and aawwwsss!! : )

  12. 5 stars
    I am SERIOUSLY loving all your adorable Christmas food ideas. I’m nakig the Oreo pops this weekend with my niece! A couple things I remember doing my whole life at Christmas are advent every Sunday, crafts, and puzzles. My dad and I go out to Olive Garden for soup and breadsticks then to the craft store to pick out our craft that year and spend a little time each night working on it up till Christmas. I moved out six years ago but we continue to do that and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. On Christmas Day we are so untraditional but we ALWAYS go to Chinese and the movies and I love it haha

  13. My favorite Holiday Tradition is taking the kids out to watch Santa arrive at the local mall and seeing the kids sit on Santa’s lap and seeing the magic of Christmas in my children;s eyes!

  14. My favorite holiday tradition is baking Christmas cookies with my mom on Christmas eve. When I was younger, these were the cookies we would leave out for Santa.

  15. Every Christmas we make sugar cookie cut-outs that the kids decorate. In addition to the ones we all eat, they also each decorate one to leave out for Santa. This is as much of a tradition to them as decorating eggs or carving pumpkins.

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