If You’re Throwing a Holiday Party, You Need to Know About “Charcuter-Wreaths”

published Dec 12, 2023
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Everyone loves a delicious charcuterie board, especially around the holidays. A typical charcuterie platter is composed of various cheeses and meats surrounded by crackers, pâtés, and other bite-size snacks of your choice (think olives, dried fruit, and nuts). While a standard board is festive enough for holiday hosting as it is, TikTokers have taken to the platform to share their charcuterie boards with a seasonal twist — also known as charcuter-wreaths.

To create your own charcuter-wreath, just lay out your snacks of choice in the shape of a ring to resemble a Christmas garland. To make your platter holiday-themed, keep a color scheme in mind when choosing your ingredients and think about festive touches you can add to the board. For example, use greenery like sage, rosemary, or mint to decorate your tray and choose white cheeses, red fruits, and green olives for a stunning Christmas color palette.

TikTok user, @melissas_healthykitchen, uses frosted rosemary to line a rounded board before piling on the ingredients. The creator also used Christmas tree cookie cutters to create shapes with the cheese while sprinkling in some festive sweet treats like star-shaped cookies, sugared cranberries, and gingerbread wafers. However, if you’re feeling a little intimidated by the salami roses, bunching up the meat like @lonihaskell did on their charcuter-wreath will do the trick.

Creator @spreadthegrub opted for charcuterie skewers for a little more structure and laid them out in a circle to resemble a garland. They stacked feta-stuffed olives, cheese cubes, various meats, and vegetables on a toothpick, while interspersing herbs between the sticks to create a stunning circular tray of delicious spears.

The best part about creating a holiday platter, besides getting to eat it, is that it allows you and your loved ones to get creative in the kitchen. The possibilities are truly endless, plus your guests will certainly be impressed. Your holiday charcuter-wreath may almost be too pretty to eat — almost.