If you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade your party or event, a charcuterie board, also known as a food board or grazing board is the solution for you. A traditional charcuterie board is a selection of meats surrounded by foods that complement those meats, most commonly fruits, nuts, crackers, cheese and dips. However, you can make a board out of any food as you will see from these original food board ideas!
What I love so much about food boards is that you don’t need to be a chef or artist to serve a fabulous-looking board. You can turn basic food into a showstopper with a charcuterie board. I’ve put together some of the best food board ideas that are simple and easy to put together!
1. Cheese and Charcuterie Board
Starting off this blog post with the classical cheese and charcuterie food board that you simply cannot go wrong with. Use an assortment of cheeses, cured meats, nuts, fruits and crackers to put it all together.
2. Mediterranean Mezze Platter
If you’re dreaming of a Mediterranean vacation and weather but can’t quite get there, bring it to you with a Mediterranean Mezze Platter. The fun part about this food board is that it’s so colorful and impressive, yet relatively easy to put together. Use a variety of dips like hummus and tzatziki and decorate around it with olives, feta, pita and stuffed grape leaves.
3. Taco Tuesday Board
Taco Tuesday is a popular choice for dinner in my house, there’s something for all ages and the kids love to put it together themselves. It makes a great party option too, it’s for all ages and who doesn’t love tacos?
With so many options to fill it with, there’s something for everyone at every age. You can use soft and hard shells with various fillings like guacamole, salsa, cilantro, meat, vegetables and cheese.
4. Brunch Food Board
If you love a fun brunch with quiches, pastries, fresh fruits, yogurt, and granola, then you’ll love this brunch food board idea. It only takes a few minutes to put together and the result is not only yummy to eat, but impressive to look at too!
5. Caprese Salad Board
A traditional caprese salad is tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, balsamic glaze, and olive oil. But why not upgrade it by creating a food board for it? What does that mean? Simply laying it out on a board! You can section the food neatly or for a more artsy approach, make an organized food mess!
6. DIY Pizza Board
Making your own pizza is not only fun, but it’s great for entertaining. Since pizza is so versatile, it can please everyone. You can have vegan and dairy-free options to include all diets. Create a food board with pizza dough, sauce, cheese, and an assortment of toppings.
7. Seafood Platter
Serve a seafood charcuterie board for an adult party where you want to impress. There are so many different types of fish that you can serve and the colorful results are a showstopper! Some options for your board are shrimp, oysters, crab legs, lemon wedges, and cocktail sauce.
8. Vegetarian Grazing Board
Stick to a neutral option with a vegetarian grazing board that everyone can enjoy. You can opt for cooked vegetables or a simpler version of crackers, nuts, dips and cheese.
9. Chocolate Fondue Board
Spoil your loved ones with a delicious chocolate fondue board. Load it with marshmallows, strawberries, pretzels, chocolate bark and brownie bites for dipping.
10. Build Your Own Sandwich Charcuterie
A build-your-own sandwich board is a great idea for a summer tea party. Prepare the board with all the sandwich fillings, like deli, spreads, cheese and vegetables.
11. Healthy Snack Board
Hosting a ladies’ lunch where everyone is healthy conscience or dieting? A healthy snack board is a great solution for food. Serve sliced veggies, hummus, guacamole, crackers and mixed nuts.
12. Cupcake Decorating Board
Anything can be turned into a charcuterie board. Looking to decorate cupcakes at your next event? Serve it all on a board for a classy effect. Decorate it with plain cupcakes, frosting, sprinkles, and assorted toppings.
13. Asian Street Food Charcuterie
Serve your guests a feast of Asia with this Asian street food-inspired charcuterie. Serve spring rolls, dumplings, edamame, lettuce and dipping sauces.
14. BBQ Feast Board
A BBQ food board is one of the best ways to serve up your barbeque, the aesthetic simply works together! Load all your meat onto a big board and fill the gaps with coleslaw, cornbread, vegetables and sauces.
15. Fruit Fiesta Board
A Fruit board is the ideal food for a summer garden party. Bright and colorful, just like the long summer days. Decorate with colorful array of fresh fruits along with some dips and yogurt.
16. Italian Antipasto Board
This board is ideal for the warmer spring and summer days when no one wants hot food. Style it with Italian cured meats, marinated vegetables, and cheeses. Check out these Easter-inspired appetizers for more spring food ideas.
17. Game Day Nacho Board
Everyone loves food boards and everyone loves naches, combine them both and get a fabulous nacho food board! It’s called game day nacho but, truthfully it works for any event, party or movie night! Load it with nachos, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa.
18. Breakfast in Bed Board
Looking for the right breakfast for Mother’s Day? Look no further than this delicious breakfast-in-bed board. Prepare it on a large board so that everyone can join in, that’s the life of a Mom anyway! Fill the board with croissants, waffles, jam, fresh fruit and veg, and a selection of spreads.
19. Holiday Dessert Board
Create a wow-stopping board for the holidays filled with assorted holiday-themed desserts like cookies, truffles, and candies. Stick to the holiday colors of red, green, brown and white to get a most gorgeous-looking food board.
20. Movie Night Snack Board
Hosting a kid’s movie night party? This food board will up your movie night experience. Load the board with all of your favorite treats and throw in a few healthy ones too!
I hope these food board ideas have inspired you for your next party. You can upgrade any event with how you present the food and these charcuterie boards prove that!