I saw this at a party one year and I thought it was so cute I had to try it. It makes a great centerpiece for an appitizer table or even for individual tables. These internet pictures show you some examples of how far you can go with making the tree.
1First prepare your veggies or fruit. If you are using apples, cut them in cubes, and if you won't be eating your tree for a while just brush some lemon juice on your apples to prevent browning.
2Wrap the cone in clear plastic food wrap, securing it with floral pins/scotch tape in one or two places.
3Using the toothpicks, attach the veggies, and cheese cubes to the cone. Push the toothpicks into the cone (you may need to cut the toothpicks down to fit in the top of your cone). Angle the toothpicks upwards to help keep the fruit and veggies from falling off. Cover the whole cone!
4A star made of cheese can be attached to the top of the tree with a toothpick. It can be hand carved or cut with a small star-shaped cookie cutter.
5place the tree in the center of a serving platter and surrround with other cut veggies. Serve with a bowl of your favorite dip(s).