For a fun weekend appetizer or small meal, learn how to make a Charcuterie Board. Play three conversation-starter, old-fashioned games with your guests!

How to make a Charcuterie Board

Friends, the weekends are cool and cozy now that fall is here, and winter is on its way. Today I’m sharing how to make a charcuterie board to serve to guests, or to bring to a party! See pages of The Big Board ideas, some big and some small!

How to make a Charcuterie Board

I’m all about the bread sticks wrapped in proscuitto :) Here’s my original post with video, How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board. You may also love this Epic Grilled Breakfast Charcuterie Board.

Keep reading the ingredients you need, and how to assemble, and why a board with a “lip” is so important!

Easy How to make a Charcuterie Board

Basic charcuterie board ingredients

All you need is a variety of charcuterie ingredients like:

  • Bread sticks wrapped in proscuitto, olives, your favorite cured meats, and something bright in color (and flavor), like sweet piquant peppadews!
  • Also add your favorite crackers, cheese (or cheese ball), and mixed nuts.
  • Garnish with basil or a fresh herb. For winter, you may want to use parsley.

Charcuterie Board

What is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is all about how you prepare and assemble cured meats and other meat products on a charcuterie board (or a cheese board).

The term “charcuterie” is also referred to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments–like crackers, fruit, cheese, and dips.

How to make a Cheese Board

Of course this picture cracks me up, my Irish husband holding an Italian Charcuterie Board. :)

Game activities & cheese balls

When I think of a cheese ball, which is often added to a charcuterie board, I think of old-fashioned activities. Since I grew up eating many holiday cheese balls, I think of that kind of “party food” paired with playing games with friends, and munching on snacks.

The way we used to have fun on the weekends (I know, I’m dating myself.)

Tasty Charcuterie Board

3 fun conversation games

  1. Charades. Always creates a lot of laughs, and especially fun to play in girl-versus-boy teams. Charades is a game suitable for all ages. It involves acting out words or phrases written on a slip of paper. The object is to get your team to guess the answer, using gestures alone. That’s right, when a player is acting out the word or phrase, they aren’t allowed to talk!
  2. App phone games. Use party game apps on your phone. Play a few games like Heads Up, Reverse Charades, and Sing.
  3. Fishbowl. This is a party game where teams compete for points by correctly guessing words/phrases via clues. Each player adds any word/phrase of their choosing to the FISHBOWL. The team with the most points wins!

Best Charcuterie Board

I know good conversation around the table might be all you need, but if you want to spice up the evening with a little laughter and fun, then I love the game ideas above.

What should be on a charcuterie platter?

Sweet bites such as jams jellies are ideal. Salty flavors like olives, peppers, nuts and crackers are essential. Fresh fruit and vegetables (or pickled) and fatty charcuterie meats and cheeses make the flavors all come together!

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!]

Here are the affiliate links:

LARGE Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray, Large – 28.5 inches round.

LARGE Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray (gray) – 24 inches round.

MEDIUM Hand-Carved Vine Round Tray (white washed)

SMALL Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray (gray) – 18 inches.

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.

Follow along how to season a charcuterie board for the details, but we used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.

a large oval white serving tray

Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray

Today I’m using an Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray by LeCreuset!

It has a porcelain enamel durable coating, easy to clean, it’s shatterproof, and resistant to stains, scratches and rust. YAY!

It’s also lightweight and versatile, and I LOVE IT.

Did I mention, it’s food safe?

Use it for a tray to carry food or glasses to your deck, or as a food board!

You can buy the Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray by LeCreuset, HERE.

I also found this on Amazon, a LARGE charcuterie board, but it doesn’t have a lip. This Pine Extra Large Charcuterie Board is 22 inches round.

Happy Hosting and game playing, Friends!

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How to make a Charcuterie Board


  • Bread sticks wrapped in proscuitto
  • Marinated kalamata olives with feta cheese
  • Salami, comizio, serrano
  • Sweet piquant peppadews
  • Mixed cherry tomatoes
  • Boursin garlic herb cheese
  • Sea salt crackers
  • Marinated cheese balls
  • Leslie Stow Raincoast Crisps
  • Mixed nuts
  • Basil to garnish


  • On a prepared board, arrange the food items.
  • Wrap the bread sticks with proscuitto. Place the olives, nuts, mozzarella cheese balls, and peppers in small bowls. On a small plate, place the soft cheese.
  • Garnish with fresh basil; serve!
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