Christmas star

Christmas party season is in full swing so it’s great to have some simple, striking platters to share. A Christmas star is great for a gathering of any age group.



  • bowl for the dip and popsicle sticks for the star
  • pesto (or other green/red dip, eg. hummus dyed with spinach juice)
  • green/red veg (tomatoes, celery, cucumber, capsicum red or green, green beans, broccoli, asparagus, fresh peas)


Step 1 Arrange the bowl in the centre of a large plate or tray. Make a star shape around using popsicle sticks.

Step 2 Use cream cheese (or similar) to ‘glue’ the sticks into an upright position (should you wish – it’s not essential but does make for a spectacular plate).

Step 3 Fill the dip bowl.

Step 4 Add the sliced veges, celery.

Step 5 Halved cherry tomatoes.

Step 6 Chopped red capsicum.

Step 7 Slices of cucumber.

Step 8 Green beans.

Step 9 Add some parsley leaves for decoration.

Step 10 Some cocktail sticks for serving and that’s it!


Judith Yeabsley is a mum of two boys who is
passionate about healthy food for kids. Her blog
The Art of Nutrition is a popular place to find inspiration for fun, healthy, creative food for kids big and small. Judith describes her mission as “how to present healthy food creatively so it is delicious looking and impulse-creating, so kids can’t wait to tackle the plate”. The focus is fruit, vegetables and whole grains. The plates are designed to be made by the average time-poor parent, in the average kitchen, using readily available ingredients and working on a budget.

First published: Dec 2014
Last updated: April 3 2017
Last science review: October 10 2016

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