These Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas are a delicious way to host. Serve an epic charcuterie board, tortellini sausage skewers appetizer, and a smoked salmon dip!

Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas for Hosting

Friends, today I’m sharing 3 charcuterie ideas (watch the video), plus linking to all my favorite boards in this post. See which board interests you for the weekend or upcoming game day, Valentine’s Day, and any hosting opportunity coming up!

I’m also answering some questions that readers have had regarding my boards! You can follow all  my charcuterie/cheese board ideas by clicking the link. Also on my favorite “snack board” list is BakerMama’s Snowman Snack Board, her Birthday Dessert Board, and Pancake Board. SO FUN!

3 Charcuterie Ideas for Hosting

How do you serve a charcuterie board?

A reader asked me yesterday about how to serve these boards. Do you set out toothpicks, small plates, napkins?

  • We’ve always served our boards with small appetizer plates and plenty of napkins.
  • But most foods are easy to pick up with your fingers for a quick bite!
  • For a larger party, you definitely need small plates that guests can fill, and move on. Otherwise everyone is gathered around the board and there isn’t enough room!

How long can a charcuterie board sit out?

If you’re being extra-cautious, follow the USDA guidelines that recommend you toss perishable foods, including soft cheese, that have been left out at room temperature for longer than two hours.
Perishable foods include soft cheese, that have been left out at room temperature for longer than two hours. Obviously I stick with this guideline more in the summer when it’s super hot outside.

3 Charcuterie recipes

How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board

Take a giant board (if not food-friendly, layer with parchment paper:) You can also season your board with mineral oil and beeswax, if not food-safe. Research this yourself and decide what method is best for you.

The best board has a lip around the outside so the food does not fall off! (Mine has a 2-inch lip).

28-inch Charcuterie Board

Friends, here are the boards that I LOVE. A “lip” is the secret to the best charcuterie or dinner board, because the food does not fall off. [This post has affiliate links. Every purchase from these links supports RE at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]

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Rememember it says it is “not food safe,” so you need to prepare the board by either laying down parchment paper under the food, or you can “season” it like we did.

How to season a Charcuterie Board

If a wood board says it “not food safe,” you can lightly sand it down with sand paper, and rub down with beeswax and mineral oil.

We used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.

Or, lay down parchment paper! Easy peasy!


Here’s a 20-inch board with a lip that we found at Target, perfect for this size meal.

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Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas for Hosting - where to store

Where do I store my board?

Above our kitcen cabinets there is a big open space. I jump on a chair and put the board up top, out of the way. But my epic wooden board is also great as a piece of furniture in a living or family room. I’ve had a few readers send me pictures – really pretty! It’s great to get double use.

How do I clean my board?

When we bought our wood board we lightly sanded it and added beeswax and mineral oil. It did not say it was “food safe” so this was the process that we took to make it food safe.

  1. After each use, whip down with a hot rag (I put a little soap on the rag).
  2. Rinse very well with hot water; dry and store.

Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas for Hosting for the weekend

3 Charcuterie Ideas

In the meantime, we love to host with an epic charcuterie board and these 3 Charcuterie Ideas today. It’s great to serve for an appetizer (large group party) or just dinner. We love a charcuterie board for dinner. There’s plenty of food to graze and nosh on all the foods that you love!

More charcuterie board ideas:

Epic Shrimp Cocktail Charcuterie Board

Party Ham Rolls Charcuterie Board

Italian Bread Dipping Oil Charcuterie Board

Crunchy Breaded Fish Sticks Taco Board

Epic Greek Charcuterie Board

Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas for Hosting - EPIC

How to make an Epic Charcuterie Board

What is a charcuterie board? This Epic Charcuterie Board is filled with cured meats, cheeses, veggies, nuts, olives, dried fruits, crackers, and more!

Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas for Hosting - skewers

Tortellini Sausage Skewers Appetizer

Make this Tortellini Sausage Skewers Appetizer for your next dinner party, game day party, potluck, or tailgate party! Add to a giant charcuterie board!

Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas for Hosting - salmon dip

Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

Enjoy Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe for an any time of year snack, perfect for a holiday party or your favorite charcuterie or cheese board.


Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas for weekend hosting


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