How to Make a Festive Antipasti Wreath

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

A Festive Antipasti Wreath featuring a selection of cured meats, cheeses and vegetables framed by rosemary is perfect for serving as an appetizer over the holiday season. I can’t really call this a recipe, but it’s such a lovely (and easy) way to present Antipasti that I thought it was worth sharing with you all.

Antipasti means “before the meal” and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. The wreath itself is formed from sprigs of  fresh Rosemary, which looks very festive and is available all year round.  For a summer wreath try a combination of smoked and poached fish, hardboiled eggs and summer herbs garnished with lemon slices.

When I serve a Antipasti Wreath I simply cover it with pieces of kitchen towel after I have prepared it, to avoid stray fingers or anything else finding their way into it before I am ready to serve.



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Nikki Frank-Hamilton September 22, 2016 - 2:41 pm

I love antipasti and this is gorgeous! I like to have a noshy appetizer meal and this is the perfect plate for a really fun get together too! And it turned out so pretty!

Sarah - Craft Invaders September 30, 2016 - 9:54 am

It really is fun sharing food in this manner, and there’s so many yummy things that you could include – I keep meaning to do a seafood platter, I think that’d look wonderful too 🙂

Michelle September 21, 2016 - 4:52 pm

Oh that’s just brilliant, what a beautiful way to serve antipasta. Your guests must having been so impressed. Love It!!!!

Sarah - Craft Invaders September 30, 2016 - 9:52 am

Thanks Michelle, it’s so simple to put together, I love things that look like they’ve taken more effort than they really have!

Mary-the boondocks blog March 7, 2016 - 12:21 am

I just finished a wreath but is is not yummy like yours. Great idea! Next time I’ll be doing it the right way! 😉

Sarah - Craft Invaders March 7, 2016 - 1:34 pm

Your Almond Wreath is gorgeous – such a beautiful craft for spring. I’m glad you like my edible version – it’s very simple, but is fun for when friends pop in x

Jamie @ Medium Sized Family February 14, 2016 - 8:27 pm

This looks wonderful (not to mention delicious). Pinning for my next gathering.

Sarah - Craft Invaders February 16, 2016 - 8:14 pm

Thanks Jamie, its such a simple idea, but really goes down well with everyone I’ve served it to 🙂

Nikki Frank-Hamilton January 25, 2016 - 1:31 am

Sarah, I could eat antipasto for every meal, I love all types of marinated vegetables, or pickled, olives, cheeses, meats, yum! I could live on this alone. We do antipasto trays for almost every catering we do, and I’m always hoping there are left overs! But I’ve never seen one this pretty with the rosemary wreath, it’s so gorgeous! Pinning so I can do this for our next get together!

Sarah - Craft Invaders January 27, 2016 - 11:30 am

Me too Nikki, and its such an easy thing to throw together. It is perfect for a sociable meal, with everyone diving in – I going to try a fishy one next I think, that’d be cute with some pickled lemon slices!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 16, 2016 - 10:33 pm

Thanks for featuring us Jenny x

Jenny January 14, 2016 - 11:40 pm

An excellent idea! I love snack’y’ type food, so this would be perfect for our Christmas evening buffet, or any other time of year really, a great way to display the food.
Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

Sarah - Craft Invaders January 15, 2016 - 7:34 pm

I love food you can pick at as well – this is such an easy way to dress it up a bit, and it’s lovely and quick to put together 🙂

Honest Mum January 13, 2016 - 1:28 pm

Wow that’s incredible, so ingenius and delicious too! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays on

Sarah - Craft Invaders January 14, 2016 - 12:22 pm

Thanks Vicki – it’s one of those dishes which is endlessly adaptable, and so simple to throw together, so perfect for when you have friends and family round 🙂

Debs @ Super Busy Mum January 12, 2016 - 11:26 pm

What a gorgeous and clever idea! Looks fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up with the Mad Mid Week Blog Hop. I hope to see you again tomorrow! #MMWBH

Sarah - Craft Invaders January 14, 2016 - 12:32 pm

Everyone who visits is getting this and wine at the moment – and I am already thinking up more summery versions – it’s so simple but going down really well with everyone 🙂

El January 10, 2016 - 11:55 am

Oh, how gorgeous! Such a clever idea.Thanks for sharing!

Sarah - Craft Invaders January 10, 2016 - 9:55 pm

Thank you, the best thing is that it’s so quick and simple to put together 🙂

Tracey Abrahams January 5, 2016 - 6:54 pm

What a beautiful but simple way to serve a starter. I think even I could manage to make that look good. Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

Sarah - Craft Invaders January 5, 2016 - 11:40 pm

It is the simplest thing ever, which is just perfect when you have people over. Everyone loved it over Christmas 🙂

Eimear January 5, 2016 - 10:33 am

Oh I absolutely love this – so clever and looks so good! Yum!!

Sarah - Craft Invaders January 5, 2016 - 11:43 pm

Thank you 🙂 It’s so simple to put together, the hardest part is deciding what to buy for it!

Claire January 4, 2016 - 8:03 pm

This looks such a great idea, pinned to remind me to try this next Christmas 🙂

Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

Sarah - Craft Invaders January 4, 2016 - 8:55 pm

Thanks Claire, and thanks for having us on Creative Mondays x

Coombe Mill January 4, 2016 - 11:27 am

What a beautiful effect, we have so much rosemary in the garden I may have to do this #MarvMondays

Sarah - Craft Invaders January 4, 2016 - 8:59 pm

Ours seems to grow better than anything else in the garden, so it is a really great way to use the bits you prune back 🙂