20 Small Charcuterie Board Ideas You Can Easily Do At Home

If you are planning to create a charcuterie board for a few people or if you’re a beginner in charcuterie, then these Small Charcuterie Board Ideas are just right for you! 

What I love about making these boards is I get to experiment with different flavors and ingredients (depending on what the crowd likes!). You can check out my Creative Charcuterie Board Ideas.

Another thing that I like the most about creating charcuterie boards is the amount of design and personalization I can do. I really enjoy arranging and layering the ingredients! 

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With a touch of creativity and some basic ingredients, you can create small charcuterie boards that are both fantastic and delicious! 

Common Charcuterie Board Ingredients

The rule of thumb that I follow when it comes to making a simple board is not having too many ingredients. I usually use 5 to 6 – but it’s still up to your discretion!  

Remember that one of the beauties of charcuterie making is you can be as creative as you want to be. 

  • Meat: Add a variety of cured meats like salami, prosciutto, and chorizo for a mix of flavors.
  • Cheese: Use different types of cheeses such as soft brie, semi-soft gouda, and hard cheddar to provide a range of tastes.
  • Fruits: Add fresh fruits like grapes, berries, and apple slices for sweetness and color. You can also use fruits to improve the board’s appearance! 
  • Nuts: Include nuts like almonds, walnuts, and cashews for a crunchy texture and additional flavor.
  • Chips and Dips: Offer a selection of chips and dips. I personally like chips like pita chips with hummus or tortilla chips with salsa! 

These are just some basic ingredients to get you started, but feel free to mix and match to create your perfect charcuterie board!

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Basic Charcuterie Board Materials

You won’t need a lot of materials to make a simple charcuterie board. 

  • Board, Serving Platter, or Bowls: Choose a wooden cutting board, marble slab, or any large, flat surface to serve as the base for your charcuterie board. You can also use glasses and bowls!
  • Small Bowls and Ramekins: Use these to contain smaller items like nuts, olives, dips, and spreads to keep the board organized and clean. 
  • Toothpicks or Small Forks: Have toothpicks or small forks available for convenient handling of meats, cheeses, and other bite-sized snacks.
  • Spreaders: Have a few small knives and spreaders on hand too! This is for cutting and serving different types of cheeses and spreads.
  • Small Plates and Napkins: Ready napkins and small plates for guests to use while enjoying the charcuterie board.
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These are just some of the basic items you’ll need to create a small charcuterie board!

Tips on Arranging Small Charcuterie Boards

Here are some tips to guide you in making your small charcuterie board: 

  • Choose Your Ingredients: Include different types of cheeses (soft, semi-soft, hard), meats (salami, prosciutto), crackers, bread, fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, dried fruits, and spreads for a balanced and diverse board.
  • Balance Colors and Textures: What helped me design my board is balancing different colors and textures. Arrange soft cheeses next to crunchy nuts and place vibrant fruits near neutral-colored crackers.
  • Use Small Bowls: Keep the board organized by placing small items like olives, nuts, and dips in small bowls or ramekins.
  • Layer and Stack: This is one of my favorite things! Add height and visuals by layering slices of meat or stacking crackers, making the board look fuller and more dynamic.
  • Fill in the Gaps and Add Garnishes: For me, this step heavily improved the appearance of the board! Fill any gaps with smaller items like nuts or dried fruits and add garnishes like fresh herbs to enhance the board’s appearance and flavor.
Collage of charcuterie boards with the text "20 Charcuterie Board Ideas you can make at home". The collage includes a photo of an assortment of meat, cheese and grapes on a cutting board and a glass of champagne on a platter with fruit and cheese.

Arranging small charcuterie boards is not only about creating a delicious spread but also about expressing your creativity and personal style!

More Charcuterie Board Tips You Can Check Out

If you need more charcuterie board tips, feel free to check these posts! 

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Small Charcuterie Board Ideas

Looking for snack inspiration on a smaller scale? Try assembling a mini charcuterie board with a selection of cheese, crackers, nuts, and fruit for a delightful snack or appetizer that's easy to put together and perfect for sharing with a few friends or family members.

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Hi, I’m Susan! Thanks for stopping by Oh My! Creative. I like to have fun, make fun things…you know, create stuff! I love DIY, decorating and design and like any girl…shopping and lunch!
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