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Uh, oh…I went to the dollar store again 😯 . My oldest daughter (my accomplice) helped me create a “Dollar Store Christmas 3-Tier Tray” before we had to pick up my youngest at practice. Ladies were looking at us very “peculiar-ly” as I switched out the plates and set the rather large tray on a display in the middle of the isle. I ran back-n-forth in my boots around to the candle isle a couple times, and became extremely indecisive, but my daughter gets it :lol:. You see, I had been invited to this cute Christmas tray blog-hop (see my friend’s trays at the end of this post) where we get to create a Christmas “tray”. I really wanted something similar to the 3-tier farmhouse trays you see in stores now, but I didn’t want to spend big bucks, and I wanted it to be different. How does $6.00 sound for a gorgeous tray that can be used at Christmas office parties, holiday family gatherings, church cookie exchanges, or any celebration including the 4th of July. BONUS: You’ll find 2 amazing Christmas treat recipes below, too. Here’s how I did it step by step…
First, head to the dollar store, or look in your cabinets for 3 different sized plates ( I like to mix it up). Look for plates that state that they are “lead free” on the back. This is a must if you plan on using them for food. Then you’ll need 3 large votive candle holders (or glasses) to be used as the “middle”.
Set the largest plate on a hard surface, and set the candle holder upside down in the middle of the plate (I found all of these items at the dollar store this year). Glue the second sized plate to the bottom of the votive candle (see above). There is no need to glue the votive to the bottom plate (see why, later).
Lastly, glue the smallest plate to the bottom of another candle holder and when set, put it on the middle plate to make it look like this (below). Glue another candle holder onto the top small plate, and it finishes it off. I actually set a “doily inside circle that I cut” on first so it could be moveable. I also decided to use paper doilies for the other 2 plates. Here’s how…
To help the doilies fit better, I cut one so I used the edge on the middle plate, and the small inside circle on the top plate. The bottom plate got a full doily. The doilies add a special professional bakery vibe to the tray and can also be great if your not sure about the lead in a plate . Both the candy cane sticks and little red ornaments were all from the dollar store as well. You could add anything you like up there. The options are endless because the dollar store is loaded with candies, etc.. I almost made this into a “chip, pretzel, & dip tray”, because I find the best chips & pretzels at the dollar store. No joke. And you guys know I do not work for the dollar store, but they really need to hire me into their advertising department 😆 .
This is how the tray looks right before the guests arrive…
Both homemade sweet treat recipes can be found on my blog here:
What makes this 3-Tier Tray really convenient is that you can disassemble as you wish and make smaller trays with different items. I made this cute cookie tray below with just 2 of the plates, and 1 of the candle holders. So simple, yet elegant.
Please let me know if you try this 3-Tier Tray and where you will display it. You could always just display your favorite ornaments on it, too!
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