Beyond Meats and Cheeses

Photo by Courtney of Pizzazzerie

Charcuterie boards seem to be everywhere these days. And, not just the classic meats and cheese.

You'll find pancake boards, cookie boards and s'mores boards making the rounds.

This photo features small bottles of bourbon, paired with cheeses and chocolates for a bourbon tasting board.


Boards don't need much in terms of decorations fortunately, the food should be the star. But we love these little add-ons of bow ties and herbs in a jar.




Sweetness and Light

Photo by CA Smith Photography

This is a charcuterie board that is so much more than a board, it deserves exquisite lighting.


Check out not only the number of bulbs lighting the meats and cheese, but also the variety in shape, length, and lighting intensity. This gives the lights interest without being overwhelmingly bright as well.





Come Together

Photo by the Prettiest Print Shop


For entertainment that goes well with your charcuterie themed party, look for casual party games.


We're not talking baby shower type games, but easy paper games that work for all ages that can be done on a guest's own time.


Scavenger hunts that are a mix of items in the party area as well as mingling with guests would be a fun, laid back way for guests to have something to do since charcuterie boards invite guests to get up rather than sitting at a table.





Giving Thanks

Photo by Valerie Skinner

All the meats and cheeses need an easy light drink to go with it. For fall, we went with this thanksgiving punch


INGREDIENTS

MOCKTAIL OPTION


1 Gallon Apple Cider

48 oz Ginger Ale (I used 4 cans of Zevia Ginger Ale)

1 Red Apple, sliced thin

1 Green Apple, sliced thin

1 Navel Orange, sliced thin

1 cup Frozen Cranberries

1 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

COCKTAIL OPTION

Replace Ginger Ale with one bottle of your favorite champagne.

Feel free to add your desired amount of Vodka or Whisky for a stronger punch

INSTRUCTIONS

In a 2 gallon drink jar, add 2 cups apple cider.

Whisk in pumpkin pie spice until any clumps are gone, then add the rest of the apple cider.

Add in your ginger ale or champagne.

Add apples, oranges, and cranberries to the jar and stir gently.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving cold in garnished glasses.


Will keep for 3-4 days in fridge in airtight container.