The 47 Absolute Best Charcuterie Board Ideas of all Time

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We’ve got you covered! Below you can see charcuterie boards for every occasion, from simple and small charcuterie boards to holiday charcuterie boards you can find creative ideas and ingredients.

Charcuterie Boards have a long history. Originally created in France, modern charcuterie boards are becoming more and more fun and creative. Check out the ideas below!


Top Tips for Creating a Charcuterie Board

Some of the tips below are meant for creating a traditional charcuterie board. So use these tips or get creative with some of the charcuterie board ideas below.

  • Choose a Quality Board or Platter: Start with a clean and attractive serving board or platter. You can use wood, slate, marble, or any other material that suits your style. Choose a size that fits the number of people. See some of our favorite boards.
  • Mix a Variety of Cured Meats: Select a diverse range of cured meats, such as prosciutto, salami, chorizo, and capicola. Aim for a mix of flavors, textures, and spice levels.
  • Feature an Array of Cheeses: Offer a selection of cheeses with different textures and flavors. Include options like soft brie, creamy blue cheese, aged cheddar, and a mild Swiss or Gouda. Consider including a goat cheese or a unique cheese like Manchego.
  • Add Complementary Accompaniments: Include a variety of accompaniments to enhance the flavors and textures of the meats and cheeses. Options can include:
    • Fresh or dried fruits: Grapes, figs, apple slices, or apricots.
    • Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, or pistachios for added crunch.
    • Olives: A variety of stuffed and marinated olives can add a briny touch.
    • Pickles: Cornichons, gherkins, or pickled vegetables.
    • Condiments: Mustards, honey, chutneys, or fruit preserves.
    • Bread and crackers: Offer a mix of baguette slices, artisanal crackers, and breadsticks.
    • See more of our favorite charcuterie board ingredients.
  • Arrange Artfully: Create an aesthetically pleasing arrangement by placing items in a balanced and visually appealing manner. Start with the larger items and work your way to smaller ones. Use different heights and textures to add dimension.
  • Consider Color and Presentation: Pay attention to color contrast on the board. Vibrant fruits, cheeses, and meats can create an eye-catching display. Add fresh herbs or edible flowers for a pop of color.
  • Label Ingredients: If your guests are unfamiliar with certain items, consider labeling them to enhance the experience. Small chalkboard signs or place cards can be helpful.
  • Temperature Control: Ensure that your meats and cheeses are at the ideal serving temperature. Cured meats are often best at room temperature, while some cheeses may benefit from being slightly chilled.
  • Customize to Dietary Preferences: Take into account any dietary restrictions or preferences your guests may have. Include vegetarian or vegan options if needed.
  • Serve with Wine or Beverages: Charcuterie boards pair wonderfully with wine, so consider offering a selection of red and white wines. Additionally, provide non-alcoholic beverages like sparkling water or fruit juices.
  • Replenish as Needed: Keep an eye on your charcuterie board throughout your gathering, replenishing items as they get consumed to maintain its appeal.
  • Enjoy the Process and Get Creative: Creating a charcuterie board is a creative and enjoyable process. Have fun with it, experiment with flavors, and let your personal style shine through in the presentation.

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Charcuterie Board Ideas

See our favorite charcuterie board ideas below!

Traditional Charcuterie Boards

From small and simple charcuterie boards to large and festive boards. The boards are more traditional with meats, cheese and accompanying ingredients. You can also find fruit and veggie charcuterie board ideas in this section.

Small Round Charcuterie Board

Start your charcuterie board journey with this simple and small charcuterie board. Add just a few of each ingredient and you have a delicious board perfect for cocktail hour or an appetizer for two.

Dairy-Free Charcuterie Board

This dairy free charcuterie board has everything except the cheese. Keep it dairy free and pile your board high with fruits, vegetables, meats and savories. Without the cheese consider adding some nuts and other dips.

Smoked Salmon Charcuterie Board

Smoked salmon is the perfect centerpiece on this charcuterie board. Serve this board as an appetizer before a seafood dinner or keep it fresh on the patio for a summer treat. This can also be served alongside bagels as a breakfast charcuterie board idea.

Baked Potato Charcuterie Board

Construct a mouthwatering dinner using a baked potato charcuterie board. Gather an assortment of your preferred baked potato toppings and arrange them on a medium to large charcuterie board. Allow each individual to customize their own delectable potato. Present this board at your upcoming family dinner or party!

Veggie Charcuterie Board

Fresh, healthy and colorful, this charcuterie board is a crowd pleaser. Load up a medium sized board with a colorful assortment of vegetables and a dip and serve it up as a side dish or appetizer.

Small Charcuterie Board

This small charcuterie board has all the classic ingredients. Start with cheese and cured meats and add in nuts, fruit, a few veggies and pickles. Put your ingredients on a small charcuterie board or a platter for the perfect dish.

Small and Simple Charcuterie Board

Find everything you need to know to make a simple, small and delicious charcuterie board. A few edible flowers make the board a bit more elegant.

Summer Charcuterie Board

This board is made just for summer with fresh ingredients perfect for sitting on the porch at the end of the day. Grapes, kiwi and peaches add some sweetness, while nuts, cheese and olives add something savory and salty.

Fruit Charcuterie Board

Serve up this fresh fruit charcuterie board full of delicious citrus and berries. This is an easy, small and fun to make board.

Chips and Dip Charcuterie Board

Whip up a quick and enjoyable charcuterie board featuring your favorite dips and chips. Perfect for various events, be it a spirited football viewing or a joyful kid’s birthday bash. This board comes together in just a matter of minutes, making it a hassle-free option for your next gathering!

Charcuterie Board Ideas

Burrata and Peach Charcuterie Board

This is a summer on a charcuterie board. Burrata, peaches, cherries, proscuitto and tomatoes keep this board beautiful and fresh. Garnish the board with basil and serve it up with crackers or bread. Choose the freshest ingredients you can find for this delicious board.

Melon and Mozzarella Charcuterie Board

Keep everything round on this charcuterie board packed with mozzarella balls, grapes, berries, proscuitto and melon basll of all colors. Keep the theme going by serving it up on a round platter of board for the perfect appetizer or dish at a summer picnic.

Charcuterie Board for Kids

This healthy charcuterie board for kids is a great addition to a party or a kids movie night. Choose some healthy items to add to the board and places where you kids can get to it and you’ll be suprised how quickly they gobble it up!

Summer Fruit Charcuterie Board

Looking for the perfect board for a backyard party, bar-b-que or picnic. Create this beautiful fruit charcuterie board full of watermelon, berries and fruit dip. Make this on a medium to large board for a colorful dish!

Simple Charcuterie Board

This board is a classic charcuterie board with meats, cheese, and a selection of sweet and savory accompaniements. Use what you already have at home, or get a complete charcuterie board shopping list to make this recipe at the link below.

Seasonal and Special Event Charcuterie Boards

Serve up a seasonal charcuterie board with these festive ideas.

Mother’s Day Charcuterie Board

Celebrate mom with this beautiful charcuterie board. Make it for lunch or brunch and include some baked goods and balance this with meat and cheese and some sweets like fruit. Decorate the board with some edible flower.

Halloween Candy Charcuterie Board

Cover your charcuterie board with candy and sweets with this Halloween charcuterie board. Add a few fun ghosts, pumpkins and candy corn and have this board on hand for your next halloween party.

Fall Charcuterie Board

Fall is my favorite time of year and a fun time for fall parties. This fall charcuterie board is easy to make and fun. Serve it in the fall with candy corn, and other falled colored foods. Add some gourds or small pumpkins to the board for some decor.

Easter Candy Charcuterie Board

Create this fun and easy Easter candy charcuterie board with your favorite Easter treats. This charcuterie board is fun as a centerpiece for your Easter gathering and a great way to add something sweet to your celebration.

Turkey Charcuterie Boards

This turkey charcuterie board is the perfect dish for Thanksgiving. In this link you can find 3 different ideas of how to make a turkey charcuterie board. Choose veggies, meat and cheese and make you own delicious turkey!

Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

Christmas is one of the best seasons to make a charcuterie board. This board, shaped like a christmas tree, is fun and festive. Choose meat, cheese, and red and green foods to make this fun holiday board.

Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board

This caprese wreath is another fun holiday charcuterie board. Make toothpicks with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and olives and stack them in a circle to form a wreath. Fill the center with a meat flower or a dipping sauce and you have a perfect dish for your holiday party.

Caprese Candy Cane Charcuterie Board

This easy and eye catching holiday charcuterie board can be made in just a few minutes. Who doesn’t love mozzarella, tomatoes and basil? We make this board a few time every Christmas season and it is always a huge hit.

Charcuterie Bouquet

Craft this stunning charcuterie bouquet by beginning with exquisite meat and cheese charcuterie roses. Add a touch of freshness with sliced kiwi and cucumbers. Arrange your charcuterie blooms on a bed of curly kale, and use scallions as elegant stems to create the perfect charcuterie board.

East Cheese Board

Easter marks the beginning of spring, making it a perfect time to load up your cheese board with fresh spring ingredients and vibrant fruits for a visually stunning display. This medium-sized cheese board is packed with our favorite Easter ingredients. Below, you’ll find a list of exactly what we used, along with some alternative suggestions for your own board.

Charcuterie Boards from Around the World

These culturally rich charcuterie boards are themed with ideas from the around the world. Make your charcuterie board with foods from Italy or Mexico and add a little spice to your next event.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

Italian Charcuterie Board

This is a small and simple charcuterie board made with ingredients from Italy. Made with some pickled foods, and fresh cheese and cured meats, this resembles a tradition Italian cheese board.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

British Charcuterie Board

Choose the best British cheeses, baked goods, and fruit for this British charcuterie board. This board doesn’t need to be complicated, but will make you feel like your in the British countryside or hanging out in London.

Colorful Summer Charcuterie Board

Celebrate the season with this beautiful and colorful charcuterie board! Packed with a delicious variety of summer’s finest produce, cheeses, and meats, it’s the perfect treat for a hot night. Serve it chilled and enjoy the fresh, lively flavors!

Christmas Charcuterie Board

Creating this beautiful charcuterie board is a breeze, allowing for flexibility with ingredient choices. Select vibrant reds, greens, and seasonal options to craft a striking holiday appetizer and focal point.

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Mediterranean Charcuterie Board

A mediterranean board evokes sitting by the sea enjoying the fresh food of the mediterranean. Often called Mediterranean Mezza, a gorgeous and fresh board makes the perfect Mediterranean Appetizer that can be served up for your next dinner party, as a snack during a cocktail party, or as the main event with a bottle of wine.

Morning Charcuterie Boards

Some of our favorite charcuterie board are made with mornings in mind. These boards make the perfect ideas for breakfast or brunch.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

Brunch Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards aren’t just for the afternoon. This charcuterie board is covered in waffles, pancakes, eggs, and breakfast meats. Add some fruit and this board is a complete morning meal.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

Bloody Mary Charcuterie Board

One of the best ways to start the morning is with a brunch and a Bloody Mary charcuterie board. This board is full of all the foods you can add to a bloody Mary. Make your drink into a full meal.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

Yogurt and Granola Charcuterie Board

A breakfast charcuterie board doesn’t need to be complicate. For this board, fill some bowls with yogurt and a few more with granola and surround these bowls with fruit and you have a healthy and pretty breakfast platter.

Pancake Taco Charcuterie Board

Delight in a pancake taco extravaganza, showcasing fluffy pancakes packed with a medley of fresh fruits, velvety chocolate, and velvety whipped cream. This imaginative reinterpretation of breakfast favorites promises a symphony of sweet sensations, tailor-made for sharing with friends and family.

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Charcuterie Board

Imagine diving into a charcuterie board where the star of the show is beautifully smoked salmon, delicately arranged alongside crunchy crackers, some ripe cherry tomatoes, and maybe a little sprinkling of sea salt for that extra oomph. It’s a bite of pure bliss!

Dinner Charcuterie Boards

Create a charcuterie board that can be served up as dinner. These boards are big enough to make a full meal. Make your next meal a masterpiece with these ideas.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

Salad Charcuterie Board

This is a healthy charcuterie board that is perfect to serve as a full dinner or as a side dish for dinner. Start by covering your charcuterie board with lettuce and then lay down chicken or another protien. Surround the board with piles of salad topping like grilled mushrooms, corn, cucmbers, and carrots.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

Taco Charcuterie Board

The full and large board is perfect for making your own tacos or burritos. We love to make this board for our Mexican-themed dinners and the kids love assembling their favorite ingredients into the perfect meal.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

Bread and Soup Charcuterie Board

Instead of serving up bread and soup separately, make a statement with this soup charcuterie board. With a few veggies and some garnish, this board makes a fun dinner!

Charcuterie Board Ideas

Foccacia Charcuterie Board

Instead of serving up a charcuterie board, make a charcuterie board! A large piece of foccacia makes an edible charcuterie board. Cover the board with cheese and a few other ingredients to make a beautiful board.

Seacuterie Board

A seacuterie board showcases a variety of ocean-inspired ingredients, often accompanied by veggies, fruit, crackers, and bread. It highlights an array of seafood, shellfish, and condiments arranged on a platter or board, drawing from the rich maritime flavors and textures associated with the charcuterie tradition.

Other Fun Charcuterie Board Ideas

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Charcuterie Board Ideas

Soft Pretzel Charcuterie Board

This is a delicious board perfect for kids or a movie night. Make your own pretzels or buy some premade and then add a few dips to make the perfect board.

Tea Party Charcuterie Board

It’s tea time with this fun charcuterie board based on a traditional english tea time. Combine delicious baked good all on a mdeium platter and add some jam and clotted cream.

Chocolate Butter Board

This chocolate board is spread with a chocolate ganache and piled high with cookies, fruit, and nuts for dipping into the chocolate. This board is perfect for dessert of an afternoon treat.

Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board

This is a fun board to make and an even more fun board to eat! Piled high with apples, caramel and toppings, let everyone dip their own apples for a fall treat. This board only take a few minutes to make and is an instant crowd pleaser!

Charcuterie Fruit Wreath

Create this fun and gorgeous fruit charcuterie wreath. This makes an excellent board for Christmas but you can really make this board at any time of the year. Keep the ingredients fresh and seasonal.

Baked Brie Pumpkin Charcuterie Board

Embrace the flavors and hues of autumn with a delightful charcuterie board that stars a delectable pumpkin-baked Brie. This board is a cozy and flavorful tribute to the season, making it perfect for sharing with friends and family at gatherings, or even as a meal alongside a comforting bowl of soup.

Cornucopia Charcuterie Board

Celebrate the season of abundance with this fall-themed cornucopia charcuterie board. Create the cornucopia easily with puff pastry and then add your favorite ingredients so they appear to spill out of the horn of plenty.

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