For Christmas, serve an EPIC Christmas Dessert Board at a Holiday Dessert Party! Buy treats at Trader Joe’s; make a casual invite: “Drop in when you can.”

EPIC Christmas Dessert Board

Friends, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … not quite yet for us. But hopefully we will get a tree this weekend and be in our new home. If you’ve been following along, just WOW. We’ve been hard at work.

EPIC Christmas Dessert Board

BEST EPIC Christmas Dessert Board

For now, today I’m sharing an EPIC Christmas Dessert Board for a dessert party! Most of these ingredients you can buy at your local Trader Joe’s!

Epic Rectangular Board

Here’s another Epic Rectangular Charcuterie Board for the holidays–a festive board of cheese, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, and cured meats!

By the way, my husband made me this board last year [42 in by 12 in], out of hemlock wood. It’s one of my favorite boards and it fits perfectly on top of my piano (when I run out of space, for a larger party).

EASY EPIC Christmas Dessert Board

Host multi-generational

I love a dessert open house. It’s casual, easy to drop in, and less-pressure for the guests.

Remember, moments of connection aren’t limited to the table, as you can have a meaningful get-together where everyone simply stands around, or finds a cozy place to sit!

I think it’s important to entertain all walks of life. Multi-generational is one of my favorite ways to practice hospitality … the older and the younger at the table together.

Trader Joe's EPIC Christmas Dessert Board

I love this quote … we can all learn from one another. Sharing, dining together, the act of eating (so intimate), are some of the greatest gifts in life.

“Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow…” –Roumaissa

How to Host a Dessert Party

Create a unique party experience with a dessert-themed party, where everyone can participate. You create the “center” dessert and ask your guests to bring their favorites. Offer one large table, filled with desserts!

DELISH EPIC Christmas Dessert Board

Offer a Variety of Drinks

Set up a drink station with wine or holiday punch. You can have other various drinks as well. Don’t forget a pitcher of water! We live in the high desert in central Oregon, and we just can’t get enough water.

SO GOOD EPIC Christmas Dessert Board

Small Portions are Best

When you have a dessert buffet, guests will want to try multiple desserts. That’s the best part – right? Keep the portion sizes small, or as I always say, make “nibble food.”

Guests love to sample a variety of the delicious offerings.

Oh, and did you know you can make your own Peppermint Bark?

EPIC RECTANGULAR Christmas Dessert Board

Keep it Simple

Let the EPIC Christmas Dessert Board be the star of the party. Small white or clear plates are the perfect choice for a dessert buffet. Pair with silver cake servers and serving spoons.

Don’t Spend Hours Baking

Don’t spend hours baking … go to Trader Joe’s. Grab my shopping list and get going … it’s easy and fun!

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.

Here are a few other (affiliate) options:

Courtland Wooden Lazy Susan – 18-inch round. Buy >> HERE

LAZY SUSAN is a board that spins. It does NOT have a lip, but it’s cool for the center of the table.

Here’s an 18-inch wine barrel wood board or a 24-inch hammered large round tray or a 26-inch stainless steel serving platter that you may also like! Check out the weight on these boards.

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!

There is always so much to prepare when you host a party – cleaning the house, setting up the decorations and tables, and providing entertainment for the guests. Make it a stress-free event pre-made desserts!

HO HO HO!

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EPIC Christmas Dessert Board

Ingredients

  • Purple and green grapes
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Peppermint bark
  • 1 loaf Pomander Orange Cake, sliced
  • 1 loaf Streusel Bread Baka, sliced
  • Cinnamon bread, sliced
  • Orange cranberry scones
  • Peach jam
  • Whipped cream
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Kringle
  • 2 red pears, 1 for garnish and 1 sliced
  • Fresh rosemary

Instructions

  • On a prepared board, arrange the Christmas sliced breads, cookies, fruit, and candy. Spoon the whipped cream in a small bowl and sprinkle with pomegrante seeds. Spoon the peach or marmelade jam in a small dish.
  • Slice 1 pear, and leave 1 pear whole for garnish. Fill in empty spaces with rosemary and serve!
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EPIC Christmas Dessert Board Recipe

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