Whether you are looking for simple or show stopping, these 10 Christmas Charcuterie Boards will have all of your family and friends swooning over your holiday table.
You can use these 10 boards as inspiration, or you can create your own using my easy tips and tricks for the ultimate Christmas charcuterie board to fit your needs.
What are the essentials for an amazing Christmas Charcuterie Board?
We all know the food is the most essential part of any Christmas Charcuterie Board. The other essentials would be the different types of boards, small bowls, utensils, picks, etc.
There are so many different types of "boards" you can use to make a Christmas Charcuterie board. In fact, you don't even have to use a board at all! I have seen nice rimmed sheet pans, rimmed breakfast trays, plastic cutting boards, or just lay everything out on parchment paper on your table.
If you want to avoid the most mess, I think rimmed trays make the best boards. They contain the food, and keep your table a little less messy. Whatever you use, make sure it is food safe.
Bowls and Utensils
The small bowls should be placed on your board first. When it comes to jams, cheese spreads, nuts, olives, and condiments...you might want to consider putting those into small bowls to keep them contained. 4-8 ounces ramekins work great. Different sizes, shapes, and color bowls add interest to your board.
Utensils to consider would be small spoons for dips and condiments, small knives for cheeses and spreads, and picks for meats, olives, and small cheese cubes. You should have small plates and napkins handy for your guests as well.
Make sure every item on your board has a way to be grabbed without a guest using their fingers. Have small tongs ready for crackers, cheese cubes, and meats. Bowls of nuts and olives should have spoons.
Make your boards inviting
Fussy boards can be intimidating to guests who aren't familiar with something so fancy. You can label your boards if you feel up for the task to make it less intimidating. If your cheeses have rind, you may want to remove it so guests aren't unsure of how to consume it. Unsliced cheese and meats will probably sit there uneaten so it would be best to have them all sliced ahead of time.
Jars should be open with the utensil near or in them so guests aren't unsure of how to use them. Really, just make it fool proof! You don't want to be left with an uneaten charcuterie board at the end of your party.
Here are some amazing Christmas Charcuterie Boards I found very inspiring. Most are quite easy to accomplish, even for the novice.
Italian Charcuterie Board
Oh Christmas Brie, Oh Christmas Brie Board
Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board
Simple Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board
Holly Jolly Kid's Snack Board
The Ultimate Christmas Charcuterie Board
I could not find an original source for this amazing board but I had to include it because it is so beautiful, yet simple! We've got salami rosettes, small squares of Swiss, cranberry coated goat cheese slices, blackberries, blueberries, sliced brie, a few slices of cured meats (I would add more on the side), and sprigs of rosemary and thyme. The top greenery looks like sage leaves.
Cheese Cube Christmas Tree Board
Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board
Snowman Snack Board
Dessert Charcuterie Board
No matter which board you choose, or if you decide to go the DIY route, I know it will be spectacular!