How to Make a Christmas Charcuterie Board

Get in the holiday spirit with this easy guide to creating a beautiful and tasty Christmas charcuterie board, served on a silver platter!

Christmas entertaining is one of my favorite things to do. The twinkling lights, champagne corks popping, and making traditional foods are part of the excitement and celebration for this Christmas lover. 

This year, how about impressing your holiday guests with a stunning charcuterie board? It’s easier than you might think, and I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step. 

green olives in silver dish

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Are you looking to wow your guests with a holiday charcuterie board?

Look no further, because I have the top tips for making the perfect spread. 

Charcuterie boards can be simple or complex, and they’re always a hit with guests. 

From My Friends

Today I am joining 11 of my creative friends brought together by Wendy @wmdesignhouse to share all our Christmas Charcuterie ideas with you.

Don’t forget to click on the blue links to check out all of our Charcuterie blog posts. If you are coming over from Rachel @thepondsfarmhouse welcome! I love Rachel’s creative style and her warm and inviting smile. I’ve been lucky enough to meet her in person and her sweet ‘southern way’ and friendly smile is always present!  

silver platter with silver pedestal dishes on counter
Add different levels to your charcuterie by using pedestal dishes!

I cannot wait to see what you come up with for your Christmas Charcuterie after seeing all of these fantastic ideas. So let’s get started!

What Are the 7 Top Tips for Making a Charcuterie Board?

Step One: Choose Your Platter

Your first step is to choose a platter. You can use any type of large plate or tray, but we recommend using a silver platter for an extra special touch. If you don’t have a silver platter, no worries! Any large plate or tray will do.

Charcuterie boards can be made from any type of material. You can use wood for a rustic look or silver if you want a look that is more formal. Most local craft stores or online shops are a great source for purchasing one. If you want something different, try using marble or glass. Be creative!

crystal creamer and sugar over a silver platter

Add unusual containers like a creamer or sugar bowl to hold olives or crranberries!

Step Two: Choose Your Meats and Cheeses

Remember to mix up your meats. Include some traditional charcuterie like salami and prosciutto, but also mix in options like chorizo or soppressata for some added flavor.

Next, don’t forget the cheese! Make sure to include a mixture of soft and hard cheeses in different flavors. Cutting your cheese with cookie cutters adds a fun holiday pop!

And don’t skimp on the accompaniments – pickles, nuts, and fruit all add delightful pops of flavor and texture.  I’ve added Raw Honey Comb to drizzle over the cheese. 

overhead view of honey with the honeycomb

I’ve added Raw Honey Comb from Saratoga Tea and Honey Co.

Make Your Board Visually Appealing – Arranging Your Board

Third, make it visually appealing by arranging the items in separate clusters rather than piling them all on top of each other. 

I recommend starting with the largest items first and then filling in the gaps with smaller items. Be sure to leave some negative space on your board so that everything doesn’t look too crowded.

Use Crackers or Breads

Fourth, provide a variety of crackers or breads for people to use as vehicles for their bites. 

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Include Spreads

Fifth, include some spreads like mustard or honey for even more variety.

Sixth, provide toothpicks or small knives for easy snacking. 

And finally, make sure to replenish any items that run out during the party so there’s always something tasty to munch on. 

overhead of charcuterie board

Favorite Charcuterie Items to Add:

  • Here are some of our favorite Christmas charcuterie board items I love to serve:
  • Ham
  • Turkey breast
  • Brie cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Pretzels
  • Grapes
  • Fig Spread
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Apricots
  • Dates

cheese and meats on a charcuterie board

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And there you have it! A beautiful and tasty Christmas charcuterie board served on a silver platter! Follow these tips and your Christmas charcuterie board will be the talk of the night!

We hope you enjoyed this guide to creating a beautiful and tasty Christmas charcuterie board! We would love to see what you came up with, so be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram (@henandhorsedesign). Happy holidays!

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  1. Susan, I loved this post. You did such a great job giving us all the tips and details we need to create a beautiful Christmas charcuterie tray. I love how we all created something different. Thanks for joining in on this fun hop.

  2. Susan, such a beautiful Christmas Charcuterie with wonderful tips to create one.

  3. Susan this is the perfect little bites! Loved linking up with you today!

  4. Susan,
    I loved your beautiful platters and Crystal! Everything looks so festive and perfect for celebrating the season. Thanks for your kind words also.

  5. Your charcuterie board is so lovely. I love that you used your silver. It really elevates the charcuterie. So elegant.

  6. Susan, I love this board especially all your fancy dishes. It looks so elegant and impressive. Great job!!!

  7. Susan, this is so elegant and lovely. A holiday party I want to attend! xo

  8. Oh, my! This looks heavenly and is making me hungry. Thanks for sharing your delicious charcuterie board. Happy to be hopping with you. Pinned!

  9. I love how elegant your charcuterie board it! Looks so delicious!

  10. Susan, I love your idea for a charcuterie board using silver pieces! So classic, yet on trend at the same time. I collect pieces like this myself so I think I need to give this one a try! Thank you for sharing on Whimsy Home Wednesday!

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