Wondering how to host a charcuterie party? All the tips, ideas and the simplest idea to create a mini charcuterie that can be shared with friends.
Just between us?
I actually wrote this post for me.
So I won’t forget.
So one day when I am old and gray and sitting on a rocking chair watching the sun set over the pond surrounded by 27 cats and a flock of chickens and my memory is quickly failing…..
…..I will read this post and remember.
I’ll remember the perfect evening with friends.
We laughed and talked and giggled and made the perfect thing to take home and munch on.
Here’s how to host a charcuterie party with friends and I have the cutest charcuterie idea EVER.
One I’ve never really ever seen before.
And it all started with THIS.
A vintage punch cups.
I was sitting in a meeting next to my friend Holly and turned to me with a sparkle in her eyes and announced that she just found 200 of these cups.
She had the most amazing idea of what to do with them.
She wanted to make little mini charcuterie displays with them.
And host a party.
And invite guests.
And fill the table with fresh vegetables and cheese and meats and honey sticks and mini breadsticks and raspberries and dried oranges and nuts.
And make “CUP-cuteries” together.
I should have been paying attention to the speaker.
I should have been listening to the meeting.
I should have been taking notes on the outline.
I WAS PLANNING THE PARTY.
How To Host A Charcuterie Party
And so it was that two months later 20 incredible, amazing, creative, funny friends were gathered around this table in my dining room with a dessert table the size of Texas and tons of snacks and munchies.
As we were laughing and talking and giggling under the lights of the twinkling chandelier in my dining room making “CUP-cuteries” together….
….I photographed each step.
Just in case you wanted to host a party just like this one.
How to make a “CUP-cuterie”
1. Start with a cup
You could use vintage punch cups like these.
Or even clear coffee mugs.
Or clear wine glass stems.
2. Fill the base with nuts
You need something to anchor all of the mini skewers of cheese and fruit you are going to make.
Fill the glass cup about a 1/3 of the way full.
We used mixed nuts for our “CUP-cuteries.”
3. Start by adding a raspberry
This is where we started.
You could add any type of fruit.
The key is to layer in something with color that tastes good.
(Which is just as easy as it sounds).
These cocktail picks are so cute with the gold balls at the end and work perfectly for this arrangement.
4. Make a salami rose
This is SO EASY.
Take four rounds of salami.
Fold them in half and make a row of them by inserting each half into another half until they make an entire row of half-folded salami.
And then roll that row into a rose.
Add it to the skewer with a dried apricot.
5. Add it to your cup
Add the skewer to the base of nuts.
It will kind of roll around at this point.
We are about to find it some friends.
6. Make a strawberry flower
Take a strawberry.
Slice five sides of it about a 1/3 of the way down.
Don’t slice them off completely.
Then bend the sliced sides until they look like petals of a flower.
7. Add additional skewers
Keep making and creating skewers like this one with brie and mozzarella and dried apricot.
Here are a few of the things I used:
- different cheeses
- different meats
- honey sticks
- dried fruit
- fresh fruit
- mini breadsticks
And when I added everything to the cup?
It went from this.
Isn’t it the cutest?
We gave everyone plastic bags to put their “CUP-cuteries” in and tied them with jute twine.
It was a wonderful evening.
And after everyone left as I sat there quietly in my dining room with crumbs and cups and brown paper wrapping all around me, I sighed.
That moment–that evening—that slice of time spent with friends was so perfect….
…..I wanted to remember it forever.
That’s what friends are for.
Giggling and turning vintage punch cups into memories. 🙂
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