This reindeer charcuterie board is a festive holiday appetizer that’s not only easy to put together but is as cute as can be!
Kick up your holiday side with our easy-to-copy reindeer charcuterie board. the perfect appetizer for any age or type of party! Check out full details below and bonus: be sure to scroll to the end to see 8 more holiday appetizers from our creative friends!
Reindeer charcuterie board
You don’t have to have a reindeer shape charcuterie board to present it as a reindeer! You can use a rectangle, round or square board and simply cut out antlers in brown construction paper to attach to the top. We’ve found a handful of fun and festive holiday options for you either way! I found the one pictured here, in-store only at this point in the season. 🦌
Items for a holiday platter
As a busy mom, gathering items for a holiday platter from only one grocery store is my jam. My 2 favorites are Trader Joe’s and Winco because they typically offer a larger variety of fun and festive goodies like gingerbread men cookies, Santa shaped cinnamon candy or yogurt covered pretzels in Christmas colors or red + green tortilla chips.
For this particular board, I went an extra step and cut a piece of red construction paper into a circle shape and fit it over the dip lid to appear like Rudolph’s red nose. 🔴 This extra step is an especially fun presentation for a holiday gathering where kids are present!
How to Style a Charcuterie Board
Styling a charcuterie board is, in my opinion, a treat in and of itself! It’s a fun challenge to fit everything in just right and layer by sweet and savory.
Here’s what works for me:
- Prep: Slice, unwrap or peel items before starting to layer to prevent browning or drying out.
- Start with your biggest items.
- Lay out the dip, for example, before the smaller items like grapes.
- Next, fill in according to sweet and savory.
- Pair fruits with cheeses and crackers and candies together.
- Mix them together as well to add more visual interest.
- Lastly, garnish with pine sprigs or other festive accents to pull the seasonal look together!
Holiday Charcuterie Board
If the previous style is too playful then I reworked the same items to create a more classic style holiday charcuterie board but still festive styled on a reindeer board. Without the dip taking up a bulk of the space I was able to squeeze in even more goodies perfect for Christmastime!
You would be surprised at how much you can fit onto one board when layering. It’s kind of like Tetris getting them to lay out just so, haha!
The best holiday Appetizer recipes
If charcuterie isn’t your style, we’ve teamed up with some talented creatives who are sharing 8 of the best holiday appetizer recipes! Click the links below to see theirs.
Festive Holiday Appetizers
Even more delicious appetizers perfect for any holiday gathering!