Friday, April 14, 2023

Inspiration for Entertaining

A while ago when I was visiting family in Phoenix, they threw an evening gathering and decided to go with wine, beer, sodas, water, and an amazing charcutier board. It was purchased from a local store and was the most amazing collection of snack foods I can remember seeing...and so delightful to the eye.

I'm not sure that I have the skill to replicate something like this, but you might be able to using the photo. There are swirls of things like salami and pepperoni, wedges of cheeses, slices of cucumber, cherry tomato halves, olives, pepper strips, broccoli and cauliflower florets, all kinds fruits, fresh and dried, and nuts and pretty things like oranges cut with spiked 'petals' and a few orchids. Their special extra was to sprinkle glitter powder - edible of course - lightly over a few places for sparkle. I think that they started by putting the brie wedges in a curved line in the middle of the platter, then arranged, mostly, fruit and nuts on one side and veggies on the other with meats and cheeses on both sides.

The nice thing about a platter or charcutier board like this is that it can be done in advance and it looks spectacular! You really don't need much else besides beverages. It did come with a bag that had thin slices of baguette. We added to that. Toasting them a bit prior to the party is also a good idea. Provide a few spreaders for spreading the cheese on the baguette slices, too.

Ready, set, party!

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