How to make Veggie Christmas Trees – the perfect holiday centerpiece or holiday fun family activity!
This post has been sponsored by Marzetti. All opinions are my own.
I think one of the hardest things to do as your kids start getting older and more involved in activities is finding time to spend together. One of our family goals over the past few months has been to do just that – make sure we have a night that we spend together as a family. Whether it’s going out and doing something fun, or staying home and playing board games together.
I do have to admit, though, that with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it has been easier to let those family nights slide. There is just so much going on. But when you think about it, I think that’s when you need the family time the most!
So I’m here today to share a great holiday activity that the kids and adults will love. And you get to eat your creations at the end, too! Bonus!
These Veggie Christmas Trees are so festive – and so easy! Here’s how you make them!
I started with styrofoam cones that you can get at any craft store. Some of the big box stores have them as well. Ours were pretty big – you can choose whatever size you think will work best for your family. I knew we wanted to eat the vegetables after, and no one wants to eat styrofoam, so I took a piece of plastic wrap and wrapped it around the cone, then secured it with a toothpick. The tree will probably stand on its own at this point, but I wanted to make sure it was sturdy. So I hot glued the wrapped cones to a metal holiday plate.
Now it’s time to build! All you need is a lot of cut up veggies and some toothpicks. Get creative attaching the veggies with the toothpicks to resemble a Christmas tree and decorations. These took a lot more vegetables than I had anticipated, so you may want to make sure you have plenty on hand. We decided to turn our tree making fun into a lighthearted competition. We put dad up against the kids, and we all had so much fun! I was there to help the kids and to make sure there were plenty of veggies on hand.
Once your trees are finished, you can use them as a centerpiece, or you can go to town and eat all the vegetables!
For serving, I picked up a couple containers of our favorite dip from Marzetti. You have most likely seen the Marzetti Veggie dip in the refrigerator section of your grocery store, next to the produce. I always choose Marzetti because of its creamy texture and bold flavors. I love that their goal is to help us eat better without compromising on flavor, and they do just that. It is made with real cream and tastes amazing.
These dips are wonderful just on their own, but I decided to jazz one of our up just a little bit. All it takes is some bacon and chopped chives to transform your Marzetti Ranch Dip into something else!
You can see just how much fun we had as a family in this fun video I put together here:
You still have time for a fun family activity before Christmas. These Veggie Christmas Trees are so fun, and then dipping the veggies in the Marzetti Veggie dip is the perfect way to finish it off. It’s a fun activity and a delicious snack – all in one!
Bacon Chive Ranch Dip
All it takes is a few ingredients to jazz up your Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip! This Bacon Chive Ranch Dip is perfect for all those veggies.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 13
- Category: Appetizer
1 container (14 oz) Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip
8 oz bacon, cooked and chopped
3 tablespoons chopped chives
Mix all of the ingredients together and serve. Can also be made ahead of time and refrigerated, as the flavors will meld together.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marzetti Veggie Dips. The opinions and text are all mine.