Charcuterie Board 101

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Welcome to part two of my Thanksgiving post! I wanted to share all of the details of this charcuterie board and bar area. I had originally planned for this entire set up to be down by the pool; but it was a lot chillier than expected and we decided to keep guests closer to the house. With that being said, I had to throw together a table and decor last minute.

Table Decor:

  1. Table cloth or table runner – I used some left over burlap from the kids table.
  2. Candles – I didn’t have any room for votives, but I did squeeze in a couple pillar candles in the back for height.
  3. Create height – I like varying heights on any buffet or bar area to create more interest.
  4. Flowers/greenery – I used fall leaves to bring in the Fall vibe.
  5. Charcuterie board – Everything I used is from Coton Colors in Atlanta. They have the best charcuterie boards and serving dishes. I have a big round board, but this black rectangular one was a perfect fit for this table.
  6. Dishes for your board – All of the dishes I used were also from Coton Colors in Atlanta. These are perfect for nuts, olives, tapenade, jams, etc. It also helps create a little height on your board too.

Charcuterie Board Food:

  1. Salty and Sweet – Candied Bacon will be the BIGGEST winner on your board. It is so easy to make you and you will be everyone’s favorite person at your party. Go to this post for my candied bacon recipe! I only made 1.5 pounds, but definitely should have made 3-3.5 pounds!
  2. Crackers – I do a variety of crackers and toasts and of course a whole gluten free area clearly marked too.
  3. Cheese – Due to food allergies in our family I include sheep milk and goat milk cheese, along with a yellow cheddar. My baked brie was still in the oven when we shot this.
  4. Salty – I love including either olives or an olive tapenade and some nuts. I typically use the Marcona almonds soaked in olive oil and salted.
  5. Honeycomb – I’m been including this lately and it is SO delicious on top of cheese and a cracker.
  6. Meat – Besides the bacon, I use prosciutto, salami and uncured hard salami (my fave).
  7. Parmesan crisps – one of the kids faves and also gluten free 😉
  8. Fruit – I used raspberries this time, but grapes/cherries/tangerine slices are great too.  My mom gave me some dehydrated pineapple slices awhile ago and I threw those on the board too.

I hope this helps you create your own board at home. You really can’t go wrong, just make sure you have a meat, cheese, fruit and crackers. Make sure you check out the first part of my Farm Thanksgiving.

CHARCUTERIE BOARD 101

CHARCUTERIE BOARD 101

 

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  1. Beautiful! Looks like So much fun too. Tell me about the drink with orange slices…hot mulled cider? How dO we Make and serve this?

    1. It’s the easiest thing, you just buy apple cider and throw it in the crockpot. Slice some oranges with cloves in it and throw on top. There was an assortment of liquors, etc to spice it up too!

  2. Just beautifully staged. Would you kindly gl one step further and speak to function. There are pretty plates and napkins, two small cheese knives and a few toothpicks. At a presentation like this Does everyone just use their hands and fingers to grab meats, cheeses, olives, etc.? Please give some suggestions for serving.

    1. Hi Carolyn,

      This year I added plates so that people could fill their plates so that it doesn’t get too crowded around the table. The toothpicks were used to stab olives and put on your plate (a little spoon would work too) I had 2-3 cheese knives that people could cut some cheese and then put on their plate. It’s pretty easy to grab a section of the meats without touching the rest, but I’m definitely keeping my eye out for some more tongs and cute spoons.