Festive and easy Christmas appetizers for a holiday gathering! These holiday wreaths look pretty and are even better tasting! If you’re hosting a holiday party these appetizers are so easy to make and guests will love them.
It’s always nice to have appetizers and finger foods out and ready for guests when hosting a gathering. You never know how hungry someone will be when they arrive at your house! So I created a few super simple Christmas appetizers that can be easily assembled. The best part is, they’re all shaped as cute wreaths!
What’s the holiday season without a festive holiday party? When it comes to holiday parties, I like to keep the menu simple and focus on easy appetizers that everyone will love. After all, no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen when they could be enjoying time with family and friends.
For me, one of my favorite holiday appetizers includes these fun wreaths. These are easy to make ahead of time and can be served with a creamy dip and even Christmas cookies! So for your next holiday party, if you’re looking for an easy holiday appetizer try one of these Christmas appetizer ideas. Serve them with one of our festive Christmas cocktail recipes for the ultimate holiday happy hour!
So gather a few platters, they don’t have to be similar in size. However, I like how they all match and are the same size, but that’s totally up to you! I used these olive wood charges from Williams Sonoma as the “platters” to hold the wreaths.
Read below how we quickly assembled these fun platters!
Easy Christmas Appetizers
Personally, we think these are the best Christmas appetizers because they’re easy to make, festive, and perfect for a party. They’re made with simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store.
When serving your Christmas appetizer wreaths, you will need:
Round Platters – We use round so you can get an easy wreath shape.
Bamboo Cocktail Picks – These are used to make the skewers.
Small Bowls – These are for the Christmas dips.
Vegetable Wreath Platter
A Christmas vegetable wreath platter is a festive and healthy appetizer that is perfect for holiday parties! This platter is full of veggies that are arranged in the shape of a wreath. It’s a beautiful and tasty appetizer that your guests will love! It’s really just a traditional vegetable platter in the shape of a wreath, but the perfect way to serve fresh veggies at a holiday party.
You can add whatever vegetables you like, keeping the green theme (or white!) and then adding cherry tomatoes as “berries.”
Layer kale on the bottom of the platter. Then add broccoli, sugar snap peas or green beans, and Brussels sprouts (cooked or uncooked), and layer them around the edge of the platter.
Leave a hole in the center to add a dip or just for shape!
Tips for Making a Veggie Wreath
- Always wash and dry the vegetables for optimal freshness.
- Add some salt and pepper over them too!
- A vegetable platter will last for approximately two days. After that, the vegetables will start to get wilted and soft. If you want to extend the life of your vegetable platter, you can place it in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator.
Antipasto Skewer Wreath
This is personally my favorite Christmas appetizer. Antipasto skewers are the perfect appetizer, easy to make and so flavorful! They require zero cooking but are savory and totally satisfying. They can also be paired with a dip or add a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper over the top.
Layer them around the edge of the olive wood platter to create the wreath shape.
How to Make Antipasto Skewers
You’ll need larger bamboo skewers and the ingredients below. You can really choose what you like to add to the skewer but this is what I prefer:
Marinated Artichokes – Quick tip, the roasted artichokes at Trader Joe’s are DIVINE! They come in a jar and are easy to add to the skewer.
Olives – Black or green olives. Just make sure they’re pitted.
Small Mozzarella Balls
Cherry Tomatoes – Cut in half
Fresh Herbs – Rosemary, sage, thyme.
Salami – I used a spicy pepperoni for these and loved it.
Add one of each item onto the skewers. You can switch it up and add a few more cheese balls to one or maybe skip the artichoke on another. They don’t need to be the same nor do they need to be in the same order.
It’s better to have them look rustic and different, so the wreath has more texture and variety.
Tips for Making Antipasto Skewer Wreath
- An Antipasto Skewer Wreath will last for approximately two days. After that, the meats and cheeses will start to get hard and dry.
- Make sure to use toothpicks or skewers that are strong enough to support the weight of the ingredients.
Super Simple Bread Wreath
A Christmas bread wreath is a festive and delicious holiday appetizer that is easy to make! This recipe includes a store-bought dough that is formed into a wreath shape and then baked.
It can be topped with a variety of delicious toppings, such as shredded cheese, parmesan cheese, diced ham, and green onions. Once it is baked, the wreath is then ready to be served with a delicious dip. We all love warm bread, especially dipped in ranch or nacho cheese!
This is another very easy Christmas appetizer you can make by using store-bought biscuits or pizza dough, rolling small balls, and shaping them into a circle on the pan. See below for some tips!
How to Make a Bread Wreath
First, tear off a large piece of parchment paper and place it over the wooden charger. Use the charger (or platter) to guide the size of the bread wreath. It can act as a template and will fit perfectly on the platter you’re using.
Place small balls of dough around the inner edge of the platter or charger you’re using. Then do another ring inside of that. Press them tightly together.
When the shape is finished, pull the parchment paper (with the dough on it) onto a baking sheet.
Add olive oil, salt, and chopped rosemary over the top and bake according to the instructions on the dough package.
Tips for Making a Bread Wreath
- A bread wreath will last for approximately two days. After that, the bread will start to get stale and hard. If you want to extend the life of your bread wreath, you can place it in a plastic bag and store it in the freezer. It will last for up to six months in the freezer.
- You can use homemade dough if you’re up for the challenge.
- Bake the bread wreath 10 minutes before guests arrive so it’s still warm when you serve it.
Easy Appetizer Dips for Christmas
Pair these holiday appetizer recipes with any of these savory dips:
More Appetizers for Christmas
Here are more festive appetizers you can make for your next holiday party:
When to Serve Easy Christmas Appetizers
These appetizers are perfect for the Christmas season. They will add a festive touch to any of these holiday celebrations:
Frequently Asked Questions
How many appetizers do you need per person?
As a general rule, plan on each person eating about four to six appetizers. If you’re serving dinner as well, you may want to reduce the number of appetizers per person.
What should I serve at a Christmas party?
If you’re looking for Christmas appetizer ideas, these wreaths are a great option! They’re easy to make and can be served with a variety of dips and Christmas cookies.
What are appetizers?
Appetizers are small, bite-sized dishes that are typically served before a meal. They can be hot or cold, savory or sweet, and can be served with a variety of dipping sauces.
Appetizers are a great way to whet your appetite and start off a meal on a high note. Christmas appetizers are a great way to get into the holiday spirit and show off your culinary skills.
What are the 5 types of appetizers?
There are many types of appetizers, but some of the most popular include:
Hors d’oeuvres: These are small bite-sized appetizers that are typically served on toothpicks or skewers.
Soup: A classic starter to any meal, soup can also be served as an appetizer.
Salad: A light and refreshing option, salads make a great appetizer or side dish.
Dip: A favorite appetizer option, dips can be served with a variety of chips, crackers, or vegetables.
Finger food: Perfect for parties, finger foods are small bite-sized appetizers that can be eaten without utensils.
More Christmas Ideas You’ll Love
Let us know what you think of these fun Christmas appetizers in the comments below!
Easy Christmas Appetizers
- 4 ounces green beans, or sugar snap peas
- 2 heads Broccoli
- 9 whole cherry tomatoes
- 8 ounces kale
Antipasto Skewer Wreaths
- 12 ounces marinated artichoke hearts
- 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella, cherry size
- 3 ounces salami
- 15 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 4 ounces kalamata olives, black or green pitted olives will work
- fresh herbs, rosemary, thyme, sage
Christmas Bread Wreath
- 16 ounce store-brought bread dough , you can also use pizza dough or biscuits
- 8 cranberries
- sea salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Layer kale on the bottom of the platter.
- Then add broccoli, sugar snap peas or green beans, and Brussels sprouts (cooked or uncooked), and layer them around the edge of the platter.
- Leave a hole in the center to add a dip or just for shape!
Antipasto Skewer Wreaths
- Add each item on to a skewer one by one.
- You can switch it up and add a few more cheese balls to one or maybe skip the artichoke on another. They don’t need to be the same nor do they need to be in the same order.
- Line the platter you're using with parchment paper (you won't be baking on the platter)
- Place small balls of dough around the inner edge of the platter or charger you're using. Then do another ring inside of that. Press them tightly together.
- When the shape is finished, pull the parchment paper (with the dough on it) onto a baking sheet.
- Add olive oil, salt, and chopped rosemary over the top and bake according to the instructions on the dough package.