EPIC Kid-Friendly Grilled Cheese Charcuterie Board for any sports party, birthday party, or kid gathering. Filled board with everything kids love to eat!

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Just in time for back-to-school, or fall birthday parties, your kids will love this Kid-Friendly Grilled Cheese Charcuterie Board! (Or, kids also love this Salami Caprese Charcuterie Board.)

looking down on a beautiful wood board filled with Grilled Cheese sandwiches and charcuterie foods

Kid-friendly cheese board

I’m seeing all over social media where kids are heading back to school already. Say what? It seems like yesterday for me, buying school supplies and hustling to get schedules organized, thinking about food and healthy meals, car pools for sports, and piano and violin lessons.

Ingredients you need for this board:

  • 1 loaf bread
  • Favorite cheese
  • Butter
  • Ham slices
  • Pepperoni
  • Ranch dressing
  • Grapes and apple slices
  • Carrots and cucumbers
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Oreo or Jo Jo Cookies
  • Graham Crackers
  • Popcorn, with chocolate chips

Bowl of Ranch dressing surrounded by ham slices, carrot slices, cucumber slices, and pepperoni

In no time, arrange the delicious treats on a tray. Don’t forget the cured meats and cheeses and crackers. And always Ranch Dressing for dipping!

close up shot of Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Then there’s gooey-ooey grilled cheese sandwiches, slathered in butter and grilled to perfection. Cut into triangle quarters.

holidng a Grilled Cheese Charcuterie Board with cookies, apple slices, snacks, and ranch dressing for dipping

Charcuterie Board

Okay, the cat is out of the bag. My kids are no longer little, and in fact, they are all in their 20’s now! And they love charcuterie boards!

Coughlin Family Hosmer Lake 2018

How fun is this recent picture of our family?

We spent an evening on Hosmer Lake a few weeks ago, and my daughter brought her camera. We had the most glorious evening, sunset, and picnic with our puppy, Alder.

Don’t worry, Haggis was home holding down the fort. He doesn’t love adventures like this anymore. Remember he’s 14 now! But still pretty feisty and cute.

holding a dog in one hand and a Grilled Cheese Charcuterie Board in the other hand

Big kids or little kids, we still love grilled cheese.

We had fun munching on this board, but I really wanted to give you inspiration for a party, maybe before your kids go back to school, or a Friday night dinner for the family, or an autumn birthday party or even a soccer party!

Fun? Yes!

How to make an epic charcuterie board

You take your giant board. (If not food-friendly, layer with parchment paper:) You can also season your board with mineral oil and beeswax, if it’s not food-safe. [More info below.]

dipping a Grilled Cheese sandwich into Ranch dressing

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.


Here’s a 20-inch wood board from Target with a lip around the outside!

holidng a Kid-Friendly Grilled Cheese Charcuterie Board Recipe

Oh, and don’t forget the COOKIES and Graham Crackers! We love Trader Joe’s Jo Jos!

Happy back-to-school, Friends!

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Kid-Friendly Grilled Cheese Charcuterie Board


  • 1 loaf bread
  • Favorite cheese
  • Butter
  • Ham, sliced thinly
  • Pepperoni, sliced thinly
  • Ranch dressing
  • Grapes
  • Apple slices
  • Carrot slices
  • Cucumber slices
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Oreo or Jo Jo Cookies
  • Graham Crackers
  • Popcorn, with chocolate chips


  • Make grilled cheese sandwiches and cut into quarters (triangles).
  • On a giant board, place the Ranch dressing in a bowl in the center of the board. Surround with thinly sliced ham, then carrot pieces, then pepperoni and cucumber slices.
  • Next arrange the cheese sticks, grapes, popcorn (optional to add chocolate chips), grilled cheese, graham crackers, cookies, and apple slices.
  • Serve!
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Holding a large wood board with grilled cheese and various snacks for kids

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