You did it! You just found the prettiest way to serve olives this holiday season. Welcome the holiday olive wreath to your table this year.

It’s amazing how ordinary olives go from drab to centerpiece status with just a few springs of rosemary. Add some fresh mozzarella pearls and some sweet and tangy pepper drops for color, and you have an appetizer platter that’s ready to party.

What’s better still? This olive wreath can be assembled in just a few minutes, so no need to save it for special occasions. Throw one together for your couples holiday movie night-in, while you’re decorating the house for the holidays, or anytime a friend stops by to chat this season.

I fill the middle of mine with crackers — especially when I can find adorable shapes like these stars — but feel free to leave the center open. You can always serve crackers and more cheese on the side.

Also, customize it to your own tastes! Add cherry tomatoes, almonds, dried apricots, cured meats, or other charcuterie bites to your wreath. Serve with wine or this refreshing Christmas punch.

Finish with a sprinkling of sea salt and pepper for a low-fuss, high impact holiday snack spread everyone will seriously love.

Festive olive wreath holiday appetizer

Festive olive wreath holiday appetizer


(This is what I’ve included in mine, but feel free to use whatever bite-sized snacks you like.)

  • Lots of fresh rosemary (8-9 full sprigs)
  • Mixed olives
  • Sweet pepper drops
  • Mini mozzarella balls (or mozzarella pearls)
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper


  1. Use a large round platter or dish. Any shape will do really, but a circular platter takes the fuss out of shaping your round wreath.
  2. Lay fresh rosemary sprigs around the perimeter (save a few for later). Don’t feel you have to be perfect about it — overlap, let pieces stick out — the imperfections will make for a more organic looking wreath.
  3. Once you have placed a layer of rosemary, start placing your large green olives, then fill in with black olives followed by mozzarella, pepper drops. You don’t have to go in this exact order. Fill the wreath in however you feel most comfortable in achieving a natural look.
  4. Use remaining rosemary sprigs to fill in areas that need a little something.
  5. If olives have dried while you’ve been working with them, drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Finish with a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.
  6. Serve with crackers or whatever else you like!
  7. Happy holidays!

Festive olive wreath holiday appetizer

Festive olive wreath holiday appetizer

Also see, 3 fun ways to fold napkins for your holiday table.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.