Easy Grazing Platter – ideas
I love the entire concept of an easy grazing platter – they are simply me all over 🙂
Fun and delicious, often called charcuterie boards too and you can make so many for any occasion
So why a Grazing Platter? Or is is a charcuterie board?
Firstly they look AMAZING
No two boards are ever the same
They are super simple to put together
They taste delicious – nom nom
Everyone loves them
And you can customise as you wish – PERFECT
Traditionally a charcuterie board is a display of meats – but these days includes so much more. Often people use the word charcuterie for other types of boards too
How to make a grazing plate?
First you need to find a suitable board, tray or plate (think baking sheet / marble pastry slab / wooden chopping board – be creative)
I personally like trays and it gives you an edge to butt up against with your contents if that makes sense
These are mine but any will do
Make sure your board is spotless before you begin designing your board
Here I have concentrated on sweet / dessert varieties, however I will do a new post soon on savoury ones too
First decide on the contents / theme and then go shopping and / or get baking
Then think about the size and how many people you are trying to feed …..
Also don’t forget things that will make it easier for your guests to navigate. I try and go bite size on most things. Maybe cocktail sticks to pick up bits etc, small plates in case they want to walk away from the board (if it’s a party for example)
Also don’t forget spoons etc for the dips – anything to make it easier
So when is it suitable to make a Grazing Platter?
They could be useful for summer parties, winter parties, children’s birthday parties and indeed adult birthday parties, baby showers, hen doos, or basically any event!
If you choose your contents carefully you can customise for literally any event!
Can you imagine how beautiful Christmas Grazing platters and New year ones too would be? – I’m so excited to share those with you
I’ll add more ideas as I make them 🙂
What to put on a grazing platter?
Now that’s a big question, actaully almost anything.
However here are some ideas:
Fruit Grazing Platter
With the fruit grazing platters the secret is to do it as soon to the event as possible – and then store it in the fridge
You also need to have lots of lovely colours
You should use lines and curves and piles if that makes sense
Also if you want a dipping bowl or two place then on the board first and work around them
The secret is to fill them very full and you can go high too
That way they look amazing
(** be careful with allergies – i.e some people can’t eat kiwi fruit for example so make sure you know your eaters)
Cake and biscuit Grazing Platter
Again the key is lines, curves, piles and variety
I always place my dipping bowls first – you can’t see it here however I filled those bowls with salted caramel sauce 🙂
Again remember potential allergies etc
Make sure you cover your board well if it is not being eaten immediately as the last thing you want is dried out cakes)
What you put on there is totally up to you -this is just an example
Sweetie Grazing Platter
The sweetie platters are such fun. There are so many sweets available in the shops
Be careful with tiny children – for example the jelly beans are too hard for them – so always think of your eaters and who they are.
Allergies again are super important to consider – remember maybe NO NUTs
Always lines curves and piles – start with what you have the most of – here it was Percy Pigs – then, fill in around.
Always consider colours too, I find the more colourful sometimes the more appetising they are
Meringue or Pavlova grazing platter – build your own
This one is slightly different
I served mine with a big bowl of whipped cream and lots of different coulis on the side, a sort of build your own pavlova station.
It went down a storm too
And let’s pause – how pretty?
The Perfect Cheese Board
And the sis the ultimate Grazing Board – CHEESE
A Cheese Board really doesn’t has to be boring or old fashioned
Look at it, use olives, chutneys and herbs to dress it up
And cheese a nice board and pack in the cheese
I always think figs look beautiful
So why not have a go – they are super simple to make
I will be making a Healthy one for the peeps out there – watch this space
Here’s a perfect party drink too
Here’s a lovely drink for the kids too – Pomtineeny!!
More Party Food Ideas
And if you’re looking for some more party food ideas, including afternoon tea ones have a look at this collection maybe….
Thanks & Big Love
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