How to Build a Charcuterie Board for Your New Year’s Eve Celebration : Featuring Festival Foods


How to Create a New Year's Charcuterie Board

Not that we really need a special occasion to make a glorious charcuterie board, but celebrating the end of 2020 sounds like the PERFECT excuse to create a beautiful grazing board for New Year’s Eve!

We’re thrilled to partner with Festival Foods to bring you a simple how-to resource on creating a beautiful charcuterie board that will make your New Year’s at-home celebration feel festive, fancy, and fabulous! 


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How to Build a Charcuterie Board

There is no doubt that people love to snack, especially around the holidays! A simple way to have a snack that everyone will enjoy is to create a grazing board. They make the perfect party platter and can also double as a beautiful centerpiece to make a virtual party feel a bit more elevated and take your New Year’s celebration to another level! Best of all, you can customize your charcuterie board to your particular tastes so that you can eat and enjoy a board that tastes just as great as it looks!

Festival Foods Makes the Celebration Charcuterie Board Easy & Delicious

Festival Foods has everything you need for the perfect charcuterie board, including locally-made cheeses, nuts & fruits, crisps and crackers, plus spreads and jams and the extra elements that take your board from basic to incredible! Shop online and pickup with Click N Go to craft your perfect grazing board from the comfort of your home.

If you have never made a charcuterie board or are looking for some new ideas, check out this how-to video and follow these tips for making the perfect board! 

Charcuterie Board Shopping List

  • Cured meats 
  • Different textured cheeses and cheese spreads
  • Olives
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Seasoned/plain nuts
  • Fresh/dried fruit
  • Variety of crackers
  • Jellies and jams
  • Gourmet spreads
  • Chocolate

Choose Your Serving Platter

The first thing to do before choosing your serving platter is to know how many people you are serving. It does not have to be an exact number, but this will help you pick out the right platter before building your board. The more people you have, the bigger serving platter you will need. Popular ones include live edge wooden boards, cutting boards, pottery plates, slates and serving platters. Feel free to get creative.

Want some awesome local options for serving boards? Check these out:

Arranging the Board

Building a charcuterie board goes far beyond just throwing some random cheese and meat on a plate. It’s a way to create a personalized tasting experience that is as visually appealing as it is delicious and it truly is a work of art! The assembly of the board is just as important as the items you put on it. Think about putting corresponding flavors together on the board. Soft cheeses should be next to spreads and crisps. Visually, you want to showcase variety as well, so be sure to spread out your elements so there are bursts of colors across the board. 

Awesome Inspiration for Charcuterie Board Assembly:

Cured Meats and Cheese

Traditional salami, sausage and Italian ham (or prosciutto) are among the top meats you will see on a charcuterie board. Lay them flat or roll them up to present all over your board. Be sure to include a variety to ensure something for everyone. For cheese, include a mixture of hard and soft textures. Sharp cheddar cheese, blue cheese, pepper jack cheese, smoked gouda, or a wheel of warmed brie are sure to be a hit. Spreadable cheese is also an option, such as a port wine cheese spread or even a roll of soft goat cheese. 

Crackers and Nuts

Use a variety of crackers that are savory and sweet. Include similar foods, such as pretzels, popcorn or mini crostinis. Next, choose which nuts you are going to include (we love these Slow Cooker Candied Cinnamon Pecans) and scatter them around the board or place small ramekin dishes on the board and fill with different nuts.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a great way to add pops of color to a charcuterie board. Typically, people use berries and dried fruits, like figs and apricots, because they are smaller and you do not have to cut them up, which prevents browning. However, choose your favorites. Sliced apples would be a wonderful addition and pair great with caramel or hazelnut dip as well as with a soft brie or goat cheese. Another way to be creative is to use dried fruit chips. You can purchase these or make your own. Some examples include dried mango and banana chips. Vegetables, like carrots, snap peas, cucumbers and bell peppers are another great base for dips and spreads.  Fruits and vegetables are a great option for those who do not eat meat or dairy.

Gourmet Spreads and Dips

This is the fun part! There are a million and one spreads and dips you can use, so you can’t go wrong with anything you choose. Whether you have a family recipe for a favorite dip or buy one at the store, it will pair well with something on your board. If you have no idea where to start, we can help. Jams and jellies are a simple, yet delicious spread to top on crackers or bread. Crowd favorites during the holidays include orange marmalade, spiced cranberry and blueberry jams. Other fun spreads include basil pesto, spinach dip and hummus.

Olives, Pickled Vegetables and More

Fill in the board with olives and pickled vegetables. Oh, and don’t forget dessert! Little chocolate chips, truffles or mini candy bars complete the board and give it a little touch of something sweet. Chocolate covered nuts or pretzels are also a great fit!

Charcuterie boards are not only tasty but also pretty to look at with the variety of food and color being displayed. Be sure to fill your board completely for maximum impact, and don’t forget to snap a picture of your masterpiece when it is complete!

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.

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