Don’t you just love a good charcuterie board or snack board?? I had so much fun making this one, and can’t wait to show you how to create a fun Halloween snack board!!
I love getting creative and thinking outside the box when I am putting together a themed snack board, cheese board or a charcuterie board!
The thought of Halloween being right around the corner made me start thinking of a fun Halloween snack board idea.
Last year, I created a fall themed board but it wasn’t really a Halloween board.
I have enjoyed creating traditional charcuterie boards for quite a while, but in the past year discovered that I love making a seasonal or themed board.
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WHAT MAKES A CHARCUTERIE BOARD A CHARCUTERIE BOARD?
The term “charcuterie” refers to the preparing of meats, like prosciutto, salami, etc., but more recently when people say charcuterie, they are referring to a fun, meat and cheese board that usually includes, cured meats, cheeses, crackers, nuts, fruits and veggies.
WHAT SHOULD GO ON A SNACK BOARD??
Here are a few ideas of what to put on a charcuterie or snack board:
a variety of cheeses
crackers or small bread slices
jelly, jam or a dipping sauce
and you can even add a few sweet items to the board, if you like.
WHAT DO YOU PUT ON A SNACK BOARD FIRST?
The first thing to put on your board is the larger items, such as a wheel of cheese or small bowls to serve things in.
For example, on this Valentine charcuterie board, I used several small white bowls and a heart shaped Valentine candy box.
Arrange the items evenly around your board.
After you have placed those anchor pieces, you will then place cheeses and meats.
When you have your main items placed on your board, you can begin filling in with smaller items, like nuts, dried fruits, olives, etc.
WHAT CAN I USE FOR MY CHARCUTERIE OR SNACK BOARD?
A large cutting board, a large platter or even a cookie sheet would work great to make your charcuterie or snack board.
If you are only entertaining a small group of friends, you could even use smaller boards.
WHAT DO I PUT ON A HALLOWEEN SNACK BOARD?
Look for things that are festive for the season or the colors of the season. For example, for Halloween, you would look for orange, white or black foods or Halloween shapes.
Here is an example of a black and white board I did for New Year’s Eve last year.
Halloween cookies would be a fun addition, or if you live in an area where there is a Trader Joe grocery store, they have all sorts of fun seasonal foods, including leaf shape tortilla chips, and maple leaf shaped cookies.
Halloween oreos, gummy worms, candy eyeballs are a few other fun ideas for a “spooky season” board.
You can also add a few non edible things to finish off your board. Like plastic spiders, a small skeleton, a skeleton hand or even mini pumpkins.
Another fun idea is to cut shapes with cookie cutters out of meats and cheeses. You can cut bat shapes, pumpkin shapes, etc. to use on your festive Halloween charcuterie board.
a list of orange and black foods (and neutrals)
peach or apricot jam
White or light color:
pear or apple slices, peeled
Black or dark color:
black olives or greek kalamata olives
chocolate-covered pretzels, or almonds
dark tortilla chips
OPTIONS FOR HEALTHY SNACKS
fresh veggies, like carrots, broccoli and celery sticks
whole grain crackers
turkey deli meat
my fun Halloween charcuterie board
For this Halloween themed board, I started with a large wooden rectangle cutting board.
I cut a spider web out of waxed paper to lay on top of my board and let hang over the sides.
I placed my spider web on the board then started with my larger items first, which was 2 small plastic cauldrons used as bowls and a white mini pumpkin.
Next, I laid round crackers and pepperoni pieces down the center of my board and put a small plastic skeleton on top.
Then, I begin filling in with the other things I wanted to use on my board, and arranged them until I had the look I wanted.
I added brie cheese cut into a tomb shape with a bit of raspberry chipotle jam and a knife sticking out the top.
Peeled mandarin oranges with pretzel sticks as a stem and mint leaf resemble pumpkins.
I used a cookie cutter to cut “BOO” letters out of mozzarella cheese slices, then laid them on top of gouda cheese slices. The difference in the colors of cheese helped the word stand out.
Large pimento stuffed olives standing on their end, resemble eyeballs.
I filled in extra spaces with blueberries, dried apricots, and small crackers.
The cauldron bowls were filled with candy corn and pimento cheese. I used a sandwich bag and cut the corner off, filled with greek yogurt and piped the look of a spider web on top of the pimento cheese.
The witches hat on top of the white mini pumpkin was made from a Ritz cracker and an ice cream cone. I cut the cone down to be shorter and dipped it in peanut butter so it would stick to the cracker. The little witches broom was part of a napkin ring I’ve had for a while but I’m sure there are similar things at the craft store in the Halloween decor this time of year.
Lastly, I sprinkled tiny plastic spiders around the board to complete my “spooky” Halloween board.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how to create a fun Halloween snack board and found some inspiration to create your own.
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