Do you want to knock their socks off at the annual Christmas buffet party? Bring this. It's not that hard, but looks spectacular.
I usually use a styrofoam tree, but I found this papiermache one at Michaels. It's about 13" tall. You don't need to buy one any bigger because the strawberries increase the size considerably. (You actually might want to buy one a bit smaller when you read the rest of this tutorial)
Buy an 8" cardboard cake round for stability and a doily for disguise.
I bought 3 - one pound cartons of strawberries (ones with smaller berries)at the grocery store and 2 packages of chocolate candy melts from Michaels, but I've used semi sweet chocolate chips in the past and they have worked just as well.
Cover the tree with waxed paper. Tuck in the ends and tape to secure it to the cone. Use melted chocolate (I microwaved it) to stick the tree to the base. Cut a hole in the doily and slip it over the tree.
Separate the strawberries by size and remove the greenery. Dip the large ends of the biggest berries in the chocolate and place them on the bottom of the tree. Add the next layers with the medium sized berries, saving the small ones for the top.
Okay, this is a craft fail. It was too late and the grocery store was too far away, when I ran out of strawberries. Inspiration struck. I spread chocolate on the top of the tree......
.....then scooped the melted chocolate into a small plastic bag, snipped the tiniest hole in one corner, piped a few stars on a piece of waxed paper and popped them in the fridge until they hardened. Using a bit more melted chocolate, I added a couple of stars onto the top of the tree.
Now tell me that this isn't elegant. It sure beats the baby carrots and onion dip I usually bring to these soirees.