February 01, 2023 · by Charity Walter
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and like any holiday, a party is such a fun way to celebrate special days.
One of my favorite get-together food tips is doing charcuterie. Charcuterie boards can be simple and inexpensive to make and add such a fancy flair to any party you are hosting.
Last year, I hosted a Galentine's party for the staff at Dainty Jewell's and made it all things red, pink, and dainty.
I started with a cute board and a few sweet treats. You can adjust to whatever suits your fancy, but I chose small, pretty cookies, vanilla wafers, fancy chocolates, red and pink candies, raspberries, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Usually around Valentine's Day, stores will be running sales or have coupons for sweets and candies; by shopping discounted items, you can save money on an otherwise fancy spread! Another place to shop is your local Marshall's or TJ Maxx. These stores typically carry specialty items at a fraction of the regular price.
To make your own charcuterie board, I suggest using a pretty platter; I used a wooden cutting board/pizza board. Find some small, dainty dishes or containers for the loose candies and fruit (also great for dipping sauces, if you have them) and space your items around the board.
Pro tip: space out your colors so that one color is not concentrated on one side or section of the board.
You can provide small plates or cups for your guests to gather their preferred treats straight from the board. The options for charcuterie boards are limitless! You can do a meat and cheese tray, fruit and veggie combo, taco and topping arrangement, cookies (or other desserts), s'mores board, etc. Have fun and get creative!
Whatever theme you decide to use, a charcuterie board will always be a great option for any party! So gather your besties this Valentine's Day and celebrate in style. Be sure to tag us on social media if you use this idea!