Festive Entertaining with Olives & Antipasti

POSTED December 13, 2017

Looking for a fun new way to entertain this holiday season?

Whether you’re looking for an exciting accent for holiday cocktail hour or an impressive edible to bring to the office Christmas party, these Olive & Antipasti Christmas Trees are sure to be a hit.

Ready, Set… Create! 

The holiday hustle is in full swing and we know how precious your time is. Whatever you do, don’t give up on great food! With the grab-and-go offerings of your local deli, it’s easier than ever to prepare stunning party apps, charcuterie and cheese trays. Now’s the time to get creative in the kitchen with their favorite Mediterranean flavors. 

Christmas Tree Antipasto Plate

First, pick up some gourmet goodies at the olive bar—we chose Greek Calamata and Castelvetrano Olives, festive Tri-Color Pepperazzi Peppers and the irresistibly Sweet & Tangy Pepper Drops. Next, swing by the cheese counter for some best-loved cheeses and an artful array of cured meats. All that’s left to do is slice, cube and arrange. And that’s the fun part!

Olive & Antipasto
Christmas Tree

Just when you thought holiday entertaining might fall flat, we show you how to take it to the next level: 3D, that is! 

Materials needed: Your favorite olives & antipasti, styrofoam cone, aluminum foil and toothpicks.

Creating Your Tree:
Scoop up some favorites from the olive bar. We chose to stick to the red, green and white palette (Sweet & Tangy Pepper Drops, Green Pitted Olives and mini fresh mozzarella balls) with the tart and smoky addition of purple-hued Calamata Olives. Set it all off with pine-like sprigs of fresh rosemary and a cheese star.

These holiday party apps are true masterpieces, and they are as fun to eat as they are to create. Loaded with bold, bright and briny flavors, these olive trees are sure to be both eye-catching and delicious. Just don’t forget the cocktails, wine and your favorite people.

Tips for Your Olive & Antipasto Christmas Trees

  • Choose your favorites and pair them up with complementary flavors. For example, spicy flavors work well with mild and creamy cheeses. (Need help? Check out our Guide on Pairing Flavors.)
  • Offer a little something for everyone. Be wary of super pungent and fiery flavors.
  • Keep color in mind. The more colorful, the better! Red and green, especially.
  • Be sure to drain or remove excess oil from Olives & Antipasti. No one likes soggy cheese!
  • Arrange cubed cheeses, sliced meats, olives and antipasti in a triangle, like a tree!
  • Cut meats and cheese into bite-sized pieces.
  • Serve up your tree with some crispy Crostini Toasts or gourmet crackers.
  • Include side plates of sauces, spreads and dips! May we suggest a festive green Pesto?