Christmas Tree Fruit Platter

Create a healthy fruit platter for Christmas in the shape of a christmas tree using an apple, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, and graham crackers!
By now, I’m sure everyone has gobbled up our turkey fruit platter! It was so cute and perfect for Thanksgiving, but why let the fun stop there? So I decided to create a christmas tree fruit platter! This fruit platter would be a festive and healthy thing to make for an office holiday party or for your family to enjoy when you get together to celebrate Christmas. You could serve it for breakfast alongside pancakes, french toast, or oatmeal. It would also be great as a pre-christmas dinner appetizer! Or pair it with fruit dip and I can guarantee it will disappear!

Create a healthy fruit platter for Christmas in the shape of a christmas tree using an apple, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, and graham crackers!
Some people were skeptical about my turkey fruit platter (cough cough, my family). They thought it would take too long to make. So my family set out to make a few turkey inspired fruit platters for Thanksgiving and they did a really great job, you can see a picture of their platters here!

If you’re feeling a bit skeptical, thinking you don’t have time to make a fruit platter shaped like a christmas tree when you have a hundred other things to prepare on Christmas Day, I have some suggestions for you..

1. Fly me to your house for christmas and I will make it for you :)
2. Talk your kids, nieces, or nephews into making it for you, I think they’d have fun!
3. Make it on a different day, not Christmas Day, so you can still enjoy it without having to mash the potatoes, carve the ham, and set the table.

Create a healthy fruit platter for Christmas in the shape of a christmas tree using an apple, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, and graham crackers!
This fruit platter will take you 30 minutes max to make! To make the christmas tree fruit platter I used..

-a white platter measuring 15 inches by 10 inches
-an apple and a small star cookie cutter to cut out two stars, I liked the depth of having 2 stars, but you could use one
-grapes cut in half, this makes them much easier to work with and you don’t have to worry about them rolling all over the place
-whole raspberries
-whole blackberries
-small square and rectangular graham cracker pieces and red/gold string to make the christmas presents
-two round wooden slices to make the tree trunk, laid on their side
-gold sprinkles

Create a healthy fruit platter for Christmas in the shape of a christmas tree using an apple, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, and graham crackers!
I layered the fruit, meaning I put the various fruits on the tray and then went back and added more of each fruit of top, creating 2 layers. Each present is made up of 2 graham cracker pieces, to add depth. The rectangular shaped presents are simply a large graham cracker (like from the store) broken into rectangles along the lines that are already on the graham crackers. To make the square presents, use a knife to cut off some of the graham cracker from a few of the small rectangular pieces you created by breaking a large graham cracker.

As for the tree trunk, those round wooden slices are something we had laying around the house, but most likely you won’t have something exactly like that. If you want the tree trunk to be edible, you could use pretzel sticks, chocolate covered raisins, brown m&ms, or even another rectangular graham cracker piece.

Now that you know the logistics, I think you’re ready to make your own!

Create a healthy fruit platter for Christmas in the shape of a christmas tree using an apple, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, and graham crackers! I think this christmas tree fruit platter is something that your family and friends will really enjoy this holiday season!

Create a healthy fruit platter for Christmas in the shape of a christmas tree using an apple, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, and graham crackers!

Christmas Tree Fruit Platter

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • one apple and a mini star cookie cutter
  • grapes, washed, dried and halved
  • raspberries, washed and dried
  • blackberries, washed and dried
  • 2 store bought graham crackers, to make the rectangular and square presents
  • string, for tying the presents
  • wooden slices or other tree trunk suggestions (pretzel sticks, chocolate covered raisins, brown m&ms) to make tree trunk
  • gold sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry all of the fruit. Cut the grapes in half.
  2. Slice an apple into rounds and use a mini star cookie cutter to cut out 2 stars from the apple.
  3. To assemble the tree, begin by placing the grapes near the bottom of the platter. Make sure you leave enough room at the bottom of the platter to add the trunk and presents. For the first layer of fruit (going from the bottom to the top) add 2 rows of grapes, 1 row of raspberries, 2 rows of grapes, 1 row of blackberries, 2 rows of grapes, 1 row of raspberries, and then 4 rows of grapes. As you are adding the fruit, be sure to taper the shape so it looks like a christmas tree.
  4. Add a second layer of fruit on top of the layer you just created – 1 row of grapes, 1 row of raspberries, 2 rows of grapes, 1 row of blackberries, 2 rows of grapes, 1 row of raspberries, and then 3 rows of grapes.
  5. Place the star at the very top of the tree.
  6. Add your tree trunk to the base of the tree.
  7. To assemble the presents, make 2 square presents out of 4 square graham cracker pieces, using 2 for each present. Make 2 rectangular presents out of 4 rectangular graham cracker pieces, using 2 for each present. Use red and gold string to tie the graham crackers together. Place tie side down on the platter underneath the tree.
  8. Finish by adding gold sprinkles to the star and around the top of the tree on the platter.

Create a healthy fruit platter for Christmas in the shape of a christmas tree using an apple, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, and graham crackers!
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36 Responses to “Christmas Tree Fruit Platter”

  1. Laura O @PetiteAllergyTreats — December 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Beth! This is too cute. So festive, healthy and creative all in one! How about you drive up to WI and make this for us too? :-D

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

      I’d love that!! It’s on my way to MN! :)

  2. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — December 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

    You are so creative! Love this festive fruit platter!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Goll, thank you Jessica! I am loving that bark you made!!

  3. Oh my gosh. So crazy because my mom just made a fruit tree like this for my Dad’s company holiday party tonight! How did I know you would be making Christmas themed desserts and such?! You are too creative!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Wowza! Your mom and I are twins!! :)

  4. Carla — December 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Such a fun and brilliant idea! Those grapes would be gone in no time ;)

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks Carla!

  5. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen — December 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Beth, you as always bring the best ideas!!!! Love love love love it so much! Thanks for sharing, my dear!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Thank you for your sweet comment Olivia!!

  6. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — December 3, 2014 at 6:48 am

    When I first saw it I thought you had used ash ripened goat cheese for the trunk. The kiddos would have run away screaming, and i would have all that fruit to myself! Ha! Love this to pieces Beth.

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Oh my goodness! I’m not even sure what ash ripened goat cheese is!!

  7. Patty Fosler — December 3, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Bring some tree trunks when you visit this Christmas and let’s make this one too! The Turkeys did turn out great didn’t they?
    Your amazing Beth.
    Your Mom

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

      I am so glad you guys made them!!

  8. Alyssa — December 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

    This is so cute! I will definitely have to make this for one of our Christmas parties!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Pair it with some chocolate fruit dip, yum!!

  9. Christie - Food Done Light — December 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

    This is so adorable and a great way to display fruit. I bet my daughter would eat more fruit if it was in this cute presentation.

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:54 am

      And eating more fruit is always a good thing!!

  10. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — December 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I loved your cute turkey fruit platter, and this Christmas tree one is just as fun and festive!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Kristine, thank you friend!! Glad you like both of them!

  11. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel — December 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    awe what a simple and cute idea to add festivity to the holiday season!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

      I love your use of the word festivity!

  12. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — December 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I think your platters are super cute and would be a hit at any party!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Thank you Nancy :)

  13. Trish - Mom On Timeout — December 3, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    This is just TOO stinking cute Beth! I love the presents under the tree :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:54 am

      That’s my favorite part too! If only I had made little bows for them!

  14. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — December 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Beth, you are seriously so creative! I LOVE this Christmas Tree Fruit Platter, it’s super cute! :) :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Jenn, awwww :) :)

  15. My kids would have a lot of fun making this! Cute!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Hey, it could become a tradition!

  16. Ginny McMeans — December 4, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Another great job. I love your little packages too. I hope no so and so’s go and stick banana slices on it. This is just perfect!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Hahahaa!!!! Ginny, you’re the best :) :)

  17. Andi @ The Weary Chef — December 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I absolutely love this, Beth! Especially the presents under the tree!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Aww, thank you! The presents were fun to make!

  18. Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire — December 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is Too. Freaking. CUTE! I loved your turkey, but this one is even better (if that’s even possible). With all the super sweet cookies and desserts going on around this time of year, it’s nice to have something like this that you can munch on without any type of guilt. And those graham cracker presents kill me! I will definitely make this with my daughter this year.

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Amanda, thank you so much!! I am glad you like this platter too!

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