How to Make a Charcuterie Board for Any Occasion

Modern (shar-coot-ery) charcuterie boards include the eye-catching art of preparing and arranging different foods that are perfectly paired for any occasion in one place or platter. With a little planning, you can have plenty of ingredients on hand for last-minute guests. Use your imagination and have fun creating something for any special gathering or just a quiet night at home. Food is no different from a beautiful flower arrangement or a work of art – you eat with your eyes first. Be inspired by some of these ideas:

Breakfast charcuterie board

Breakfast board

Start with:

  • Assorted fruit
  • bagels and cream cheese
  • bacon and sausage
  • jams and jellies
  • Sweet rolls

Try our homemade waffle recipe as a main course.


Aperitif charcuterie board

Aperitif board

Start with:

  • All cut vegetables
  • assorted fruit,
  • pretzels,
  • cheese,
  • meats,
  • crackers,
  • nuts,
  • small plate

Fill with one of these delicious recipes:


Dinner charcuterie board

taco board

Think tailgate foods or any main course your guests can customize.

Tacos : ground beef, shredded chicken, tortillas, salsa, sour cream, cheese, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, green onions

Burgers & fries: Mini-burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, pickles, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, mayo,

Pizza: Flatbreads or crusts, gravy, garlic butter, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, green peppers – all your favorites!

Wings: celery, carrots, BBQ wings, Buffalo wings, parmesan wings, ranch dressing bleu cheese dressing. Try this recipe for your chicken wings and sauces.

Chili and baked potato: Ice Cream Parlor Chili, potatoes, butter, sour cream, cheese, chives, broccoli, bacon


Dessert charcuterie board

chocolate board

Chocolate platter: Favorite chocolate candies, strawberries, almonds, raspberries, blackberries

S’mores board: Marshmallows, peanut butter cups, fudge cookies, graham crackers, chocolate graham crackers, milk and white chocolate bars – YUM!

Ice cream platter: Ice cream, brownies, hot fudge, caramel, nuts, strawberries, sprinkles


More charcuterie platter ideas

cookie board

PB&J Children: Sandwich wedges, bananas, small packets of crisps, vegetables, pudding cups, juice boxes
Film: Popcorn, cheese popcorn, caramel corn, boxed candy, licorice strings, juice or soda boxes
Cookies: Variety of all your favorites!

We would love for you to share your creations. Take photos of your boards and email them to us at [email protected]

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