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33 Festive & Unique Christmas Charcuterie Board Ideas

Make holiday gatherings and Christmas parties extra special with these festive Christmas charcuterie board ideas. With seasonal touches and some out-of-the-box ideas, your board will be a showstopper this holiday season!

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This time of year is full of so many great things: twinkling lights, holiday parties, candy canes, and so much delicious food. 

This may not come as a surprise, but I think the best part is the food! I love gathering with lots of people and grazing on incredible homemade dishes. 

Whether you’re the host or a contributing guest, you may be looking for delicious finger foods that will make your Christmas party amazing. Look no further; these festive ideas are sure to inspire you to make a beautiful board that everyone will love. 

Charcuterie boards are the perfect holiday appetizer. They are an easy way to provide variety and visual appeal to your food lineup!

Festive Christmas Charcuterie Board Ideas

Christmas Charcuterie Boards

A stunning, festive board will be a great addition to your holiday party! With delicious cheeses, meats, fresh fruit, and more, your loved ones will go crazy for these fun grazing boards. 

Christmas Appetizer Boards

Appetizer boards don’t have to stop at charcuterie! Add one of these creative board ideas to your holiday food plans. 

Christmas Breakfast Boards

Start Christmas morning off right with a huge breakfast board! These are fantastic for holidays because they can mostly be made in advance and they are fun. 

Christmas Dessert Boards

Everyone loves sweet treats during the holiday season! These creative boards will provide the perfect dessert with variety and whimsy. 

Tips for Making a Charcuterie Board

  • Fill in all of the empty spaces for a truly gorgeous board. Once the main ingredients are in place, fill in all of the gaps with nuts, fruit, chocolate, and other small items.
  • Make your board extra festive with sprigs of rosemary, pieces of evergreens, or other greenery. 
  • Make use of what’s in season! To have a fresh and festive charcuterie board, try to utilize seasonal fruits such as pomegranate seeds and cranberries.
  • Get creative with your ingredients. A charcuterie board doesn’t need to stick to just meat, cheese, and crackers. Add different candies, vegetables, and salty snacks to make your board a fun experience.
  • Be sure to offer cheese knives and spreaders for soft cheeses, such as goat cheese. The key to a good cheese board is making it as simple and straightforward as possible. 
  • If you don’t have a wooden board for serving, you can use a large cutting board or a ceramic serving tray for your cheese platter. 
looking down on a charcuterie board with hands grabbing different items off of it

How to Make a Charcuterie Board Ahead of Time

To make for easy hosting on the big day, you can prepare your board ahead of time. Cheese, jam, and fruit can be set on the board and covered in plastic wrap. Add crunchy items such as nuts and crackers right before serving as they will get soggy in the refrigerator. 

Alternatively, cut and prepare all of the ingredients in advance and store them in an airtight container. Assemble the board right before serving.

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