Christmas Tree Cheese Platter: Easy Christmas Eve Appetizer

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This Christmas tree cheese platter is the perfect no-bake holiday appetizer! It’s festive, delicious, and easy for anyone to make. It’s a great recipe to make with kids, too!

This post is sponsored by BUBBL’R.

Christmas Tree Cheese Platter

This easy recipe couldn’t be more simple or more festive (my favorite!). Plus, cheese and grapes have to be one of the best combinations. Everyone is sure to love this delicious combination!

A side image of the Christmas charcuterie board.

I’ve partnered up with BUBBL’R to bring you this simple Christmas Eve appetizer recipe. The holidays are so busy, so I love enjoying an energizing can of BUBBL’R while I’m prepping everything for the festivities. I especially love having a serving of this platter with their pomegranate acai refresh’r flavor. You can find out where to buy BUBBL’R here.

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How to Make a Christmas Tree Shaped Platter

The key to this recipe is making a parchment paper guide.

Start by getting the serving board you’ll be using and cut a piece of parchment paper to fit (the perfect size will be one that takes up roughly 90% of the width and roughly 75% of the height).

Fold the paper in half lengthwise to create a guiding line. Turn the paper over and fold a diagonal line from the top end of the center line to the bottom corner. Repeat on the other side to make a triangle.

If there is any paper hanging over the edge, trim it with scissors.

Place your guide on the serving board and work off of that to guide your tree as you place the ingredients.

A process collage showing how to fold the parchment paper into a tree shaped guide.

The next key to success is to use the diagonal line on the cheese wedges to create a nice straight diagonal line. Seriously, those little wedges are so helpful in making a great Christmas tree shape if you place them strategically.

A process image showing the ingredients in piles before constructing the cheese board.

Cheese and Grape Platter

You can use just one variety of cheese to keep the cost down, or you can use three like I did.

I used pizza mozzarella, sharp cheddar, and marble. Roughly ½ of the cheese I used was mozzarella, ⅓ was sharp cheddar, and the remaining was marble.

My favorite cheese for this ended up being sharp cheddar, so if you have to choose just one, that’s what I’d go with!

A process collage showing cutting the tree star out with a cookie cutter, and the beginning of the cheese board being assembled.
A process collage showing the cheese tree being assembled.

Cheese and Meat Platter

If you’d prefer to use meat instead of grapes for this platter, you definitely can! I’d especially recommend salami for this recipe. Just be sure to fold it up loosely so that it has some volume.

A Christmas charcuterie board surrounded by decorative holiday objects.

Christmas Recipes

If you love festive Christmas recipes like this one, be sure to check out the rest of our holiday recipe section! We’ve got lots of themed Christmas desserts, and savory appetizers.

Some reader favorites are:

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Yield: 20 servings

Christmas Tree Cheese Platter

A holiday cheese platter surrounded by pine cones and a red plaid napkin.

This Christmas tree cheese platter is the perfect no-bake holiday appetizer! It's festive, delicious, and easy for anyone to make. It's a great recipe to make with kids, too!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds of block cheese
  • 4 cups grapes (removed from the stems, washed, and dried)
  • 1 celery stem

Instructions

  1. Start by making the parchment paper guide. Get the serving board you’ll be using and cut a piece of parchment paper to fit (the perfect size will be one that takes up roughly 90% of the width and roughly 75% of the height). Fold the paper in half lengthwise to create a guiding line. Turn the paper over and fold a diagonal line from the top end of the center line to the bottom corner. Repeat on the other side to make a triangle. If there is any paper hanging over the edge, trim it with scissors. Place your guide on the serving board.
  2. Cut the cheese into ¼” thick slices.
  3. Take one slice and use a small star shaped cookie cutter to cut out the tree topper.
  4. Cut the cheese slices into 1” squares, then cut those squares diagonally into wedges.
  5. Start with the cheese star at the top, then make alternating rows of cheese and grapes, using the guide to make a tree shape.
  6. Add the celery trunk once you’ve finished assembling the rest of the tree.
  7. Serve with toothpicks and crackers if desired.

Notes

You can use just one variety of cheese to keep the cost down, or you can use three like I did. I used pizza mozzarella, sharp cheddar, and marble. Roughly ½ of the cheese I used was mozzarella, ⅓ was sharp cheddar, and the remaining was marble. My favorite cheese for this ended up being sharp cheddar, so if you have to choose just one, that’s what I’d go with!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1/20

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 10.4gCarbohydrates: 6.8gNet Carbohydrates: 6.5gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 4.9gProtein: 8g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Make this delicious holiday appetizer for Christmas Eve! Everyone will love it!

A holiday cheese platter surrounded by pine cones and a red plaid napkin.

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