This post is sponsored by Walmart but all the food was enjoyed by me! 🙂
One of my favorite things to enjoy as a family, or put together when we are hosting friends or a party is a charcuterie board! It’s the perfect easy appetizer or light meal to serve and we seem to do them a lot around the holidays, and bonus – no cooking! They may seem a little intimidating to put together but they are truly EASY and I am going to show you how.
First, you will need some basic supplies like a cutting board or I love to use this wood tray! Some small white bowls help to corral small items or dips/sauces. I recently picked up this gorgeous wood cake stand that I could use for cakes but also use as another serving spot to add more charcuterie board food. These glass tree beverage dispensers are such a great price and perfect to use for all your holiday parties and get-togethers.
Now comes the food. You can get as fancy or basic as you wish with this – that’s the fun about charcuterie boards is you get to customize it and use whatever you want. While I do like brie and fancy cheeses and meats we usually stick with more kid-friendly/family-friendly/budget-friendly foods. But sort of the basics you will need will be cheese, meat, crackers, fruit, something sweet.
I will link all of these exact food items below to make it easy to just click to add them to your grocery pickup order.
Now comes the arranging part. I looked at pictures online a good bit when first learning how to arrange a board but honestly, there is no wrong or right way to do it. Just make groupings of each item repeating things like crackers and cheese in different areas around the board making it easy for multiple people to be grabbing things at the same time. The middle bowl is cream cheese spread topped with pepper jelly which we love. If you really want to make it extra fancy just adding some sprigs of rosemary dresses it up so much and for Christmas, I added a few cranberries with the rosemary sprigs.
I piled much of the fruit on the cake plate along with more salty and sweet things. I love to include some kind of nuts and also something sweet on a board.
I’ll also share a basic punch recipe – 1 ginger ale, 1 Cran-Raspberry juice, 1 pineapple juice makes a yummy punch!
If you want to dress up the punch a bit freeze some fruit in some ice cube trays or just float some in the top.
I hope this inspires you to serve a charcuterie board at your next gathering – they truly are so fun and easy and not to mention YUMMY!
I’d love to hear what your favorite food is on a charcuterie board? Is it the fancy cheese and meat or just basic meat and cheese and fruit? I love it all!