Charcuterie board, cheese tray, deli platter, grazing station. Whatever you call it, this easy and customizable way to present food is perfect for parties especially when your guests range in age and food preferences!
Instead of spending Independence Day sweating over a grill at your backyard BBQ, gather the kids and make these fun and tasty charcuterie boards that are sure to delight the entire family.
- Food-safe tray or board
- Small dishes or containers
- Star cookie cutters
Fill your board with your favorite red, white, and blue foods. Use a variety of fresh or dried produce, sweets, and savory snacks. You can also use what you have in your fridge and pantry.
Here are some suggestions:
Red foods we used
- Apple slices
- Fruit leather
- Grape tomatoes
- Mini cookies with red frosting
- Red candy shell chocolates
- Red fish crackers
- Strawberry gummies
Suggestions for other red foods
- Red bell peppers
- Red licorice
- Sun-dried tomatoes
White food we used
- Cheese wedges
- Edam cheese
- Macadamia nuts
- Mini cookies with white frosting
- Mini cupcakes with white frosting
- Fresh mozzarella balls
- Provolone cheese
- White candy shell chocolates
- White chocolate
- White queso
Suggestions for other white foods
- Cream cheese
- Mini marshmallows
- Ranch dressing
- Swiss cheese
- Yogurt-covered pretzels or raisins
Blue foods we used
- Blue candy shell chocolates
- Blue corn chips
- Gummy sharks
- Mini cupcakes with blue frosting
Suggestions for other blue foods
- Concord grapes
Use cookie cutters to make stars out of cheese, fruit, or anything you want to star-ify.
Fun fact: Star-shaped cheese tastes better!
TREE STUMP PLATTER
This board was mostly savory with a variety of cheese, fruits, pepperoni, and sweets. The tiny pepperoni stars helped make the cheese wedges festive. We layered the rest of the pepperoni with cheese.
Since this platter didn’t have a lot of blue, we used the star cookie cutter as a container for the mini white chocolate chips and a blue bowl for the lychee.
Our taste tester sampled everything on the platter, even the tomatoes, which she usually doesn’t care for. It may be a good parenting hack to present foods in different ways to increase their appeal.
We started with a watermelon cutting board and added gummy sharks chasing red fish crackers.
With the star-shaped cheese, cake, and fruit leather combined with the sharks and fish, this board felt whimsical. The macadamia nuts and blueberries balanced out all the sweets
The star fruit leather was a hit. Our taste tester thought it was pepperoni, so when she ate it, she was delighted! She also enjoyed the macadamia nut and blueberries probably because they were in fun containers.
The skewers were the highlight of the America board. From caprese skewers to watermelon blueberry wands, we populated the continental U.S. with fun foods on a stick. Then, we filled the rest of the platter with pepperoni and cheese stars.
The America-shaped board from a big box store was inexpensive and brought the Fourth of July theme to life. The cheese/tomato and fruit skewers balanced out the sweet mini cookies.
Though the mini-cookie wand was the taste tester’s favorite, she sampled each wand. Food on a stick is magic for picky eaters!
FESTIVE FLAG BOARD
Placing blue tortilla chips with cheese stars helped give the board an American-flag feel. We tried to alternate red and white for the stripes, but we had more red than white and also some mini cupcakes with blue frosting to use.
The salsa and the queso were nice savory additions, perfect for dipping the blue corn chips and crackers. The mini cupcakes added a nice amount of sweetness.
Our taste tester couldn’t decide what to eat first, but she tried a little of everything. It was her first time eating chips and salsa and queso and she enjoyed all of it.
We hope you have as much fun making and enjoying the charcuterie boards as we did. Happy Fourth of July!