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Christmas Charcuterie Board Ideas For Your Holiday Party

Are you looking for the perfect holiday appetizer inspiration? Follow along as I share some festive Christmas charcuterie board party ideas that are not only delicious but also pretty to look at, making them the perfect addition to your holiday gatherings.

The holiday season is here, and that means it’s a busy time for family gatherings and holiday parties with friends.

In this post, I’ll share a variety of holiday charcuterie board ideas from traditional flavors to whimsical arrangements. They’ll be a hit at your next Christmas party and your guests will be impressed by each board’s festive touch.

Christmas charcuterie board ideas

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Christmas charcuterie boards for a holiday party

Today’s blog post is part of a monthly Supper Club Series hosted by some of my favorite blogging friends, and I’m their guest this month! December’s theme is all about holiday charcuterie ideas.

Be sure to visit each of the blogs for more festive charcuterie board, holiday drink, and dessert inspiration at the end of this post.

Christmas charcuterie board ideas: Mediterranean charcuterie board

A charcuterie board is an appetizer that is typically served on a wooden board, cutting board, or stone slab. Finger foods are eaten straight from the board itself or portioned onto flatware.

The boards typically feature a selection of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, crackers, and bread.

I have a more casual style when it comes to creating a holiday board and don’t follow many rules, but I do my best to leave no empty spaces.

There are many different shapes, designs, and themed charcuterie board ideas to choose from.

salami, feta, rosemary, hummus. pita bread, grapes, and olives

If you gravitate towards timeless and classic flavors of a traditional charcuterie board, start with well-known and loved basics:

  • Variety of Meats: offer a selection of cured meats such as salami, prosciutto, chorizo, and pepperoni.
  • Variety of Cheeses: favorites like brie, cheddar, havarti, gouda, and manchego are great choices. Include a mix of soft, semi-soft, and hard cheeses.
  • Crackers and Bread: a variety of crackers, baguettes, pita bread
  • Nuts: almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, and pistachios
  • Olives: green and black assortment
  • Pickles and Artichoke Hearts: miniature and pickled vegetables, and artichoke hearts
  • Fruits: seasonal fruits, a variety of grapes, apple slices, pear slices, pomegranate seeds, cranberries, figs, dried apricots and dates
  • Vegetables: cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots
  • Dips and Condiments: fig jam, mustard, honey, hummus, olive tapenade, ranch dressing
  • Garnishes: such as rosemary sprigs, fresh herbs, cranberries, and edible flowers

Arrange your board food picks neatly on a wooden board or serving tray, balancing the Christmas colors and textures to create an inviting spread that is sure to impress your guests.

Christmas charcuterie board ideas

My husband and I host a party on our boat annually to watch the Gig Harbor lighted boat parade from the public dock.

We thought it would be fun to embrace the Christmas season by creating a holiday wreath and Christmas tree-shaped charcuterie boards.

I also offered a board of traditional snacks, a cheese platter, a couple of dessert boards, and a Mediterranean-themed board for our guests to enjoy.

Mediterranean charcuterie board

This charcuterie board was the favorite of the night. With Mediterranean delights like pita bread, feta cheese, and creamy tzatziki sauce.

Here are some ideas for creating a Mediterranean board:

Start by laying the foundation with cured meats such as salami, chorizo, and prosciutto. Then fill the board with Mediterranean cheeses like creamy feta cheese and Manchego.

Surround them with an assortment of green olives like Kalamata. Add a burst of color and crunch with cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and artichoke hearts.

Finish off the charcuterie board with some warm pita bread and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil for dipping.

These are the ingredients I used for my Mediterranean charcuterie board:

  • Salami roses and slices
  • Slices of pepperoni
  • Prosciutto
  • Feta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Dill Havarti
  • Kalamata olives
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Pita bread
  • A small bowl each of Hummus, Olive tapenade, and Fig jam
  • Dolmas or stuffed grape leaves (from Trader Joe’s)
  • Red and purple grapes
  • Pita crackers
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish
  • Round board (can use a platter as well)
  • Large toothpicks
Christmas wreath charcuterie with antipasto skewers

How festive is a board of antipasto skewers placed in a wreath shape?

I made two different Christmas charcuterie wreath boards this holiday season. They both had similar ingredients but varied in size and design.

Christmas wreath charcuterie with antipasto skewers

To start, you will need a round board or platter that will fit the antipasto skewers. To keep the shape in the middle, place a small bowl upside down in the center of the board. Remove once the board has been created.

  • Cherry tomatoes – these add a great pop of color
  • Salami and pepperoni slices
  • mozzarella balls and dill Havarti cheese
  • mini pickles, a variety of olives, and basil – mixing these greens between skewers
  • artichoke hearts
  • rosemary sprigs used around the wreath or throughout the skewers for decorative purposes
  • Round board (can use a platter as well)
  • large appetizer picks
Christmas tree shaped charcuterie board

You can’t get any more “holiday” than a Christmas tree-shaped charcuterie board.

As for adding greenery, I started forming a triangle-shaped outline with sprigs of rosemary. It was my first time trying this so let’s just say that there is a lot of opportunity to create a better-shaped tree next year.

But you get the idea.

Christmas tree shaped charcuterie board
  • Salami and pepperoni slices
  • Salami rose for the tree topper
  • A variety of cheeses such as cranberry goat cheese, pepper jack, cheddar, and dill havarti
  • a variety of olives, black and green
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fruits such as blueberries, apples, grapes
  • Nuts such as pecans, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, and cashews
  • Pretzel sticks for the tree trunk, but you could use celery stalks or cheese. Be creative!
  • Rosemary sprigs for the tree shape outline
board of cookies

What better time of year to enjoy sweet treats than Christmas time?

Creating a Christmas dessert charcuterie board is the sweetest way to spread holiday cheer and satisfy every sweet tooth at your gathering.

Because of my personal time restraints, I opted for packaged cookies on my dessert board. But I think we can agree that homemade cookies and candy is a much better option.

If you’re running low on time, Trader Joe’s is a great option for yummy cookies like their variety of chocolate pretzels.

Here is an assortment of holiday-themed treats for your dessert board for the holidays:

  • Sugar cookies in various holiday shapes
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Various cookies, scones, and breads
  • Toppings and dips: chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, whipped cream
  • Fresh berries
  • Candies: crushed peppermint, candy canes, chocolate
  • Miniature yule log
  • Hot cocoa, eggnog, or mulled wine to complement the treats
Christmas charcuterie board ideas for your holiday party

Charcuterie boards take finger foods to another level, especially during the holidays. Use fun and festive shapes, balanced colors and textures, and be creative.

There are some other fun boards I’d like to try next year such as a hot chocolate charcuterie board and a candy cane caprese board. I’ll probably make a cheese board with some favorite cheeses.

Be sure to visit the other bloggers for more charcuterie ideas and inspiration. Their links and pictures are below.

Rachel | The Ponds Farmhouse /Anne & AnnMarie | Simply 2 Moms

Vintage Home Designs | Michele / Kim | Shiplap and Shells / Jen | Midwest Life and Style

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these Christmas charcuterie board tips useful.

Until next time,

Happy Holiday Entertaining!

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6 Comments

  1. Your charcuterie boards are so beautiful! I love entertaining with them. So simple but so satisfying. Merry Christmas!

  2. Kim, your spread all looks so incredibly delicious. And festive! I love the idea of your boat party and the lighted parade on the harbor sounds like so much fun! I’m so glad you could join us this month. Merry Christmas, friend!

  3. How fun to have your Christmas gathering on the water! Love all of your charcuterie boards…so creative and festive. Thanks so much for joining us this month. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year friend!

  4. Kim,
    I’m so inspired by your amazing Christmas Charcuterie boards. The tree and wreath look so fun and festive. I’d love to get to graze at your table on the boat. What a fun party.

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