It’s a tree! It’s a dessert! It’s so easy!

Last week we threw party for Jay’s work colleagues. We ended up with a bit of a Christmas Vacation theme and we dressed as Clark and Ellen, and we gave out Jellies as parting gifts and friends showed up thematically dressed…. and there are literally no pictures. I completely failed as a blogger and the family historian.

The one photo I was able to shoot before guests arrived was the donut hole tree, which was a huge hit.

I cannot take credit for this idea. A friend of mine has made these for parties in the past and it makes such a great impression, I had to ask her how she (actually, her husband) did it! It makes a perfect centerpiece. Everyone likes donut holes. Skill level on a 1-10 scale is a 2.

And while I am an avid Pinner, it never occurred to me to look this up on Pinterest. I know. Weird.  This photo shows the scale a bit better. I hadn’t put out all the food yet, and took this photo before running upstairs to hide all the things that actually make it look like we live here.

So what do you need to make your own glorious tower of deliciousness?

  • 1 extra large styrofoam cone (the one I got at Michaels was prob 30″)
  • tissue paper
  • hot glue
  • approx 14 dozen donut holes (I used 13.5)
  • a bajillion toothpicks
  • optional – Cake stand
  • optional – garnishes: I used fresh rosemary and cranberries. I’ve seen flowers, candy, fruit, etc…


  1. Wrap the cone with a couple sheets of tissue paper and hot glue to hold. This will keep it looking pretty as the donuts are removed and reduces styrofoam “lint” on your donuts
  2. (optional) I hot glued mine to a cake stand. My cake stand was fine. I”m not sure I’d do this with a wooden or painted stand, but mine just has a baked enamel finish. Also it was super inexpensive. Don’t do this with an heirloom, please!
  3. Starting at the bottom, insert toothpicks into the cone and attach a donut hole to each one. I did this one at a time. All of the donuts are slightly different, and I wanted to make sure there were very few gaps. Squish them in there!
  4. Continue up the cone.
  5. As you get closer to the top, you will have to snap your toothpicks to shorten them.
  6. Optional: fill in gaps with garnishes
  7. Stand back in awe. Because it’s pretty impressive.

As always, thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment and let me know if you make one. Cheers!


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