How to Host a Charcuterie Holiday Party

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Winter is fast approaching, and holiday party season will be here before we know it!

With all of the upcoming holidays and opportunities to host loved ones and friends, why not switch things up a bit and try a different type of party? Host a Charcuterie Holiday Party this season for your friends, family, or even your co-workers! Enjoy an assortment of delicious cheeses, meats, fruits,  breads, dips, nuts, etc. The sky is the limit when it comes to being creative and choosing what to incorporate with your own personal spin on a holiday charcuterie spread!

Below you'll find a step-by-step party tablescape including a handful of tutorials that will bring ease and fun to your holiday party planning!

DIY Winter Wonderland Stocking Backdrop

This stocking backdrop is a wonderfully easy and beautiful way to bring lightheartedness and holiday spirit to your party! For this backdrop I used: 4 stockings, large ribbon, scissors, a large wooden board, and nails (I already had the nails in the wall, but you can opt to use a temporary adhesive if that suits your needs/party space better).

First, you'll want to string your ribbon through the loops at the top of the stockings. For larger ribbon, you may need to fold the ribbon in half to fit through the loops.

Once you have determined how much ribbon you will need, trim the ribbon with scissors. Then, hang each end of the ribbon along the wooden backdrop or whatever other type of backdrop setting you choose. For this tutorial, I already had these nails in the wall and I simple created a small hole in the ribbon and hung each end off of the nails.

DIY Winter Faux Fur Frame

This faux, white fur frame is an adorable addition to any holiday party or even your everyday holiday decorations! For this party frame, I used: a 5x7 picture frame, a small handful of faux fur ribbon, scissors, and a hot glue gun.

Begin trimming the ribbon to the size of each section of the frame you want to cover, and then trim the ribbon with scissors. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the faux fur to the endges of the frame, and then use the scissors to trim away any excess faux fur ribbon.

DIY Holiday Sweater Bottle Decoration

When I was shopping at my local craft store a couple of weeks ago, I picked up this doll-sized holiday sweater and thought to myself, "this would be a really cute bottle decoration!"

This doll-sized sweater came attached to a doll-sized clothing hanger. To remove the sweater and hang it over the bottle, I used scissors to trim the stitching inside of the sweater so that I could remove the hanger and drape the sweater over the bottle as a decoration.

Zesty Mustard Dip

  • 1 cup of low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 cup of spicy brown mustard
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper
  1. Whip the mayonnaise and mustard together in a small bowl. Continue to mix well.
  2. Pour in the crushed red pepper and mix it into the bowl.
  3. Using a zestor (or even a vegetable peeler), scrap off about 1/4 of the outside skin of a lemon into the bowl and mix well.
  4. Serve chilled and enjoy! It pairs really well with crackers, cheese, meats, and bread.

Homemade Garlic Pepper Crostini


  • 6-8 small pieces of your preferred baguette (style) bread
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  1. Rub each piece of bread with the garlic cloves. Rub the clove back and forth over the bread vigorously (but also gently to avoid breaking the bread). 
  2. Once you can smell the garlic on the bread, begin buttering each piece of bread with a small thin layer of butter.
  3. Sprinkle black pepper on every piece of bread.
  4. Bake the bread in a conventional oven (350 degrees F) for about 10 minutes. Once you see the butter has seepened into the bread, you can turn the oven off.
  5. Right before you serve the bread, throw the bread in the toaster and brown each piece to your liking.
  6. Serve either warm or room-temperature and enjoy! It tastes great with dips, oils, cheeses, meats, etc.

Holiday Party Charcuterie Tutorial

The centerpiece of this holiday party was my holiday-inspired charcuterie board! To create your own holiday party charcuterie, you will need an assortment of: meats, cheese, breads, fruits, and nuts.

  1. Begin creating your charcuterie board by placing your platter in front of you. Seeing the shape and size of the board you will be working with will help guide you along the way when you design your own.
  2. First, look at your ingredients and determine what the largest pieces are. For my board, the cheeses I was using were the largest so I placed them down first. I opted for a few slices of blue cheese, a small wheel of brie, and a Kaukauna® Cheese Ball.
  3. Next, you'll want to place your meats with your cheeses. When selecting what kinds of meat to use with your charcuterie, I recommend looking for at least two different shapes/textures. For instance, I used thinly sliced prosciutto which nicely juxtaposed the hard salami and the slices of chorizo.
  4. After you've decorated your board with your key ingredients, meats and cheeses, you can move onto the breads! I used some homemade crostini as well as some bread sticks on my plate. 
  5. Finally, add in any desired holiday fruits and holiday nuts and use them to fill in any major gaps you may see on your board.

These Kaukauna® Cheese Balls I found at Fry's were perfect for our charcuterie party! I ended up buying the Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Balls and Kaukauna® Pepper Jack Cheese Balls and they paired really well with everything I served at our holiday party. 

Kaukauna comes in a wide assortment of flavors and a variety of forms--we prefer the Kaukauna® Cheese Balls, but you can also find Kaukauna® Cheese Logs and also Kaukauna® Spreadable Cheese Cups. What I really like about the Kaukauna® Cheese Balls is how they are decorative on their own and they really elevate the charcuterie and holiday party spread to another level. I always aim to incorporate food that is pretty by itself, so that it becomes easier for me when I am entertaining guests and party planning.

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  1. What a great party spread and decorations! I really love the cheese board that you created, it looks delicious! {client}

  2. Absolutely brilliant! Can I come to your next party? ;)


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