Easy Charcuterie Board and Drinks for Entertaining

Here are a few shortcuts for entertaining on the fly or just keeping it simple. With the holiday season ahead of us, I love using our outdoor space as much as possible for entertaining friends. What’s a gathering without an easy charcuterie board of delicious well placed together items and pretty drinks?! 

a cheese tray spread with cheeses, figs, nuts and brightly colored drinks

Here is how to build an easy and simple Charcuterie Board without getting it too complicated or adding too many items. When you’re entertaining on the fly, you’ll want to have items on hand. Given the times, I actually love using proportioned snack cheese as they keep longer when you’re putting out the plate. Kids also love it. 

Start by placing your bowls down on the board. I love using these small bowls for items and dips.

a woman sits on patio furniture with long brown hair and a white sweater in front of a large cheese plate.


Savory Board Items

Cheddar Cheeses

Parmesan Cheese





Sliced Baugette

a cheese tray spread with cheeses, figs, nuts and brightly colored drinks

Sweet Board Items

Candied Nuts, pecans are always a great choice

Fruit, figs or grapes 

Apple Slices

Honey for dipping

Pear Slices

Orange Slices


Radish Slices

Cucumber Sticks

Carrot Sticks

Celery Sticks

Bell Pepper

Artichoke Hearts

Olive Medley

a cheese tray spread with cheeses, figs, nuts and brightly colored drinks

Cocktails and Beverages

Flavored Italian Soda

Festive Sangria

The Golden Hour Cocktail

Cranberry Juice, Pineapple Juice and Soda Mocktail

The Red Sonja Cocktail

Classic Lemonade

Paloma Cocktail

Arnold Palmers

Aperol Spritz

Pulling together an easy Charcuterie board and drinks for entertaining is all about having the right items on hand. Be sure to shop the post for some of my favorites from like these Cocktail Coupe Glasses  and Marble Slate Boards.

Enjoy the season for entertaining!

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