Charcuterie boards are one of my favorite things to throw together for a light lunch or to snack on for an appetizer. They’re quick, easy to assemble, and unless you’re making something special, typically require zero cooking on your part. Today I’m sharing a simple Valentine’s Day charcuterie board; it’s filled with something sweet, savory, fruity, and chocolatey and also perfect for date night, for kids, or for a night with your best gals.
How to Make a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
For this Valentine’s Day board, I decided to focus on the classic colors of the holiday: pink and red. One really easy way to throw together a holiday-themed board without having to stick to special holiday food is to pick a color scheme and purchase ingredients in those colors.
I picked up some classics like Sweethearts and traditional V-day chocolates, but really tried to incorporate whatever else I could find that was pink or red. By a happy coincidence, the crackers, sugar cookies, and heart-shaped shortbread cookies were also a similar color.
What You Need
Here’s what went onto my board:
- Valentine’s Day M&Ms
- Valentine’s Hershey’s Kisses
- Brie cheese with a red berry jam
- Frosted sugar cookies
- Heart-shaped shortbread cookies
- Valentine’s Day chocolates
- Macarons (in coordinating colors, of course)
Other items you could include in your Valentine’s Day board
- Strawberries (bonus points if there are dipped in chocolate)
- Pomegranate arils
- Pink taffy
- Pink or red jellybeans
- Pink or red gummy candy
- White chocolate covered pretzels
- Circus cookies
- Pink wafer cookies
- Red licorice
- Jami-filled cookies
- Chocolate syrup
Generally, I like to start by placing any small bowls on my board first. I reserve bowls for anything that can run, like honey, jams, or sauces. But you can also put tiny things in your bowls, like Sweethearts or M&Ms.
Anchor your board with 1-3 bowls, and then start with items that take up the most space. For this board, I wanted to showcase a ton of raspberries. Even though individual raspberries aren’t big, the space I wanted them to take up was, so I spread out the berries how I wanted them to fall on the board.
Continue filling in your board, making sure to overlap items. In fact, the secret to any great grazing board is the “stuffed” appearance of abundance.
If you have any gaps, fill those with smaller items like berries or candy. Here’s to a sweet ( or savory, or fruity, or chocolatey) Valentine’s Day wherever you are!
P.S. If you’re looking for a breakfast board with waffles, click here.