Charcuterie And Bar Cart Inspiration For Easier Holiday Hosting

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Around the holidays there’s nothing better than hosting get togethers in your home.

My favourite way to entertain is with an amazing charcuterie board so everyone can help themselves all evening long. Pair that with a great bar cart and you definitely have the makings for an amazing holiday get-together.

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When putting together a charcuterie board for a party there are a few things to remember. Start with a great foundation like the KSP Crushed Bamboo Cutting Board Round. Add in some beautiful cheese knives like the KSP Host Cheese Knife Combo – Set of 3 (Gold). And then add in the KSP Savour Ceramic Entertainment which is perfect for all your holiday entertaining.

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I love the small bowls for condiments, and the larger platter for crackers. I also love these Home Essentials Acacia Square Bowls. They come in a set of 4 and they’re ideal for holiday nuts and candies.

Charcuterie boards made easy

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When you’re putting together your charcuterie board remember to include different textures and tastes, think something creamy, chewy, sour and tangy, spicy, sweet, salty, mild and sharp.

Cheese choices

You might think about including a hard cheese, a medium textured cheese, and soft creamy cheese.  You should also consider taste from sharp to mild.  Above all though, choose your favourites –if no one will eat the blue cheese, just leave it out. 😉

For our board we used Swiss, Havarti, and a soft cheese – a few of our favourites.

Meat options

For our board we used a spicy salami, a mild salami, some turkey pepperoni sticks and a peppercorn pate.

Seasonal fruit

It’s great to include some fresh and dried fruit. We used pears, pomegranate, blackberries and grapes.  We also added in some dried apricots and dried strawberries –they’re so sweet they taste almost like candy.

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Pickles and condiments

We love pickles so we had pickled onions, gherkins and olives. For condiments I love a spicy honey, you might also include some different mustards which go great with the meats, or a chutney or onion jam.

Crackers and breads

Include a selection of crackers, flatbreads, and crusty breads like a baguette sliced. We love including our home made flatbreads –recipe here.  And how about our spicy cheese straws –find the recipe here.

Nuts

We included roasted salted cashews and our spicy maple pecans – find the easy recipe below.

These nuts are such a great addition to a charcuterie board, or even packaged up for gift giving.

Recipe: Spicy Maple Pecans

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Method:

  • In a dry skillet, toast the pecans until they start to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the cayenne pepper and salt.
  • Add the maple syrup and stir together.  Turn off the heat.
  • Pour nuts in a single layer on parchment to cool.
  • Enjoy.

Get your bar cart Christmas-ready

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What goes perfectly with a charcuterie board? A few drinks. I love to set up a bar cart for a party and guests can help themselves all night. Our bar cart has a few special drinks, but also always remember to have some non-alcoholic options, like sparkling water, juices and soda on hand.

Over on the bar cart we’ve got some special options like sparkling wine along with the Bormioli Rocco Planeo Champagne Flutes – I love their more modern shape. And for the whiskey lovers the Whiskey Decanter and glasses.

And don’t forget some cute cocktail napkins like the Harman Christmas Confetti Printed Cotton Cocktail Napkins – Set of 12.  For décor we love the Wood Star String Light and the sting lights for a little sparkle. The beautiful birch trees also light up.

With a beautiful charcuterie board and fun bar cart to enjoy, you and your guests will love your holiday entertaining.

Looking for more holiday inspiration?

For more festive ideas from Dannyelle, check out her gift guide here – with a new twist on the most adorable cheese board.

Dannyelle Nicolle-Ramjist

Dannyelle is a blogger from Toronto, Canada. She loves to blog about entertaining, home decor, recipes, and DIYs. She always says life is what we make it, so we may as well make it a party! She loves to inspire others to entertain more at home with simple ideas to welcome friends and family into their homes and ultimately into their lives. You can visit her blog lifeisaparty.ca or follow her on Instagram at @lifeisaparty.

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