I love hosting a good themed party, so a holiday themed treat board is right up my alley! I’ve recently created two treat boards for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, and I’m having so much fun that I can’t wait to make more for future holidays, birthdays and other celebrations! The best part? They’re SO EASY! Much easier than intricate charcuterie boards!
To Love or Hate Charcuterie Boards? Beautiful charcuterie boards have been trending for a couple years now, and as someone who loves entertaining, I couldn’t help but jump on the charcuterie board bandwagon! Who can resist a decadent board of fine cheeses, quality meats, and all the yummiest snack pairings and accompaniments?! Plus, these boards are gorgeous to admire and make for the perfect photo-worthy party centerpiece!
I’ve loved putting together charcuterie boards for gatherings, but during our last family-friendly party at our house, I realized that the process can often be more time consuming than I’d like. Slicing the cheeses, arranging the board, thoughtfully considering the correct salty-to-savory-to-sweet pairings… I was getting a little bogged down by the process. Plus, if you choose high-quality meats and cheeses, a charcuterie board, which is often viewed as an appetizer, can cost as much as cooking a group dinner! During our party, guests hovered around the charcuterie board (score!), took photos of it, and snagged bites in between socializing and chasing their kiddos in and out of our backyard. At the end of the party, I noticed that no one hardly touched the honeycomb, dried fruit or olives, and what was left of the cheeses and meats had been sitting out for hours and not worth saving. Only a few of the children ate some cheese and crackers, but most of them didn’t have a palette for bold Roquefort yet. My charcuterie board was beautiful for the adults… but was it worth it?
Enter the charcu-TREAT board!! For St. Patrick’s Day this year, I decided to try something a little different… A dessert board! And, boy, did I have fun getting creative with this one! I went to my favorite spots for holiday treats – See’s Candies and Target – and pulled together a fruit and dessert board reminiscent of a rainbow and gold. Like a traditional charcuterie board, it was the center of the party, but this time it got eaten!! It cost me half the price of what it would to put together a fancy cheese board and was more festive for St. Paddy’s Day than charcuterie! Now, treat boards are a trend I can stand FIRMLY behind!
Tips for Putting Together a Charcu-TREAT Board:
- Choose a large board – You can use a classic cheese board in a rectangle or round shape, or choose a tray to keep the treats from rolling off your board. Holiday themed serving platters, like this Easter platter, makes the treat board extra fun and festive!
- Pick a color scheme – This is easy for holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween and Christmas. For other celebrations, have the treat board match your party decor colors. For example, if you’re hosting a Spiderman themed kids birthday, look for red, blue and black candies and sweet snacks.
- Incorporate party decor – To add some festive flair and help fill space on your board, incorporate leftover decor that you’re already using for the party. For example, I used Easter grass on my Easter board. You also could add a porcelain bunny!
- Choose a variety of candies, chocolate and sweet snacks – Candies could include jelly beans, sour straws, gummy bears; Chocolate could include M&Ms, wrapped chocolates, chocolate covered almonds; Sweet snacks can include fruit, cookies, rice crispy treats, or chocolate dipped pretzels, cookies.
- Have one or two homemade items – One of the benefits of a treat board is little to no prep work, but to make the boards special, I like to add one or two homemade items, like chocolate dipped rice crispy treats or cookies in cutout shapes that fit the theme of the party.
- Utilize small bowls – Make the board interesting by incorporating two or three bowls filled with candy. This also is a good way to corral smaller candies into one place.
Steps to Put Together a Treat Board:
- Gather a board and 2-3 small bowls, along with sweets, treats and decor you wish to use for your board.Ideas for boards, candy, chocolate and sweet snacks are listed at the bottom of this post!
- Place the small bowls and whatever else you want to be the centerpiece on your board. For example, on the Easter board, I put the small bowls and the chocolate Easter bunny on the board first. For the St. Patrick’s Day board, I made the fruit rainbow first.
- Add larger items, like cookies, brownies, rice crispy treats, etc. Arrange them in fun ways to add visual interest, like rows, fanned, or a pattern. These larger items are also great for creating barriers for the smaller items to stay in place on the board.
- Fill in the rest of the board with smaller treats, like jelly beans, marshmallows and M&Ms, and pay attention to color distribution.
- Add small spoons to bowls and offer small plates or cups next to the board for guests to take their favorite treats with them!
Voila! Kids and adults alike will go nuts over a fun themed treat board!
- West Elm Mixed Marble & Wood Preston Cheese Boards – Feel fancy with marble!
2. Williams Sonoma Boska Oak Rectangular Cheese Board Medium – A classic, gorgeous oak board!
3. Pottery Barn Connor Ash Wood Tray – I like to use trays with edges to keep all the treats in one place. This makes the board easier to move, if needed, without candies rolling off the sides.
4. Texas Shaped Catskill Craftsmen, Inc. Wood Cutting Board – A board in the shape of your state could be great for any gathering!
5. Threshold Wood Bunny Serving Board – How fun would this be for a special Easter treat board!
Board Accessories Ideas:
- West Elm Minimal White Ramekins – I love these ramekins to add a modern look to the treat board.
2. Pottery Barn Hammered Nut Bowl – A gorgeous bowl for smaller treats!
3. Libbey Small Glass Bowls with Lids – Corral smaller treats into these easy, inexpensive bowls!
4. CB2 Gold Cocktail Spoons – Gorgeous gold spoons really elevate the board. Use these for guests to scoop up little treats, like M&M’s and marshmallows.
5. Stainless Steel Mini Spoons – Add some drama with black stainless steel!
Homemade Treat Ideas:
- Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats – Festive sprinkles add color and fun to the board!
- No Bake Chocolate Dipped Oreos – The easiest semi-homemade treat out there! Switch up your Oreo flavors and sprinkles for different boards.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pecan Cookies – The EASIEST cookie recipe with only 5 ingredients!
- Cut Out Sugar Cookies – Perfect for themed boards!
- Brownies – Who doesn’t love a chocolatey brownie? Use cookie cutters to make the treats coincide with your board’s theme, like eggs, bunnies and flowers for spring!
Store Bought Treat Ideas:
- Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods
- Chocolate Dipped Mini Pretzels
- Chocolate Covered Almonds
- Chocolate Covered Cherries
- Gourmet chocolate, like Ferrero Rocher or Lindt Lindor Truffles
- Pocky Biscuit Sticks
- Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Chocolate Fudge Cookies
- Jelly Beans
- Gummy Bears
- Sour Straws
- Rock Candy Sticks
- Frosted Animal Crackers
- Graham Cracker Cookies
- Meringue Cookies
- Sugar Cookies
- Fruit – Berries, grapes, peeled mandarin oranges, and sliced mango, pineapple and apples
I’d love to hear your ideas for future treat boards! Share your favorite treat board goodies or theme ideas in the comments below! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and TikTok for more fun family-friendly ideas!
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