A Life in Celebration: Entertain with Grazing Boards

A Life in Celebration:

 Entertain with Grazing Boards

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Do you like entertaining at home?  My husband and I always get a kick out of the HGTV house hunting shows where it seems most everyone says: “we love to entertain”.   Can I tell you how much I want all of those people as my friends?  I have rarely been entertained in the homes of friends.  It seems like all of my friends would rather meet you out somewhere.

A marvelous platter for making grazing boards.

Me, I do LOVE entertaining at home.  I haven’t done nearly enough at home entertaining in the last few years, and I am anxious to get back to it.  Family, or friends, it doesn’t matter, I welcome them all!   Dinner party,  cocktail party, impromptu glass of wine on the front porch, I love it all!  

My latest love in entertaining at home is putting together a big grazing board.  I had never even heard the term, “grazing board” until last year.  Interesting, since I figured out I had been putting together grazing boards for years!   You can do something as simple as a snack board like I did for Super Bowl Sunday. 

A cheese board or cheese platter is pretty much what it says, a variety of cheeses and some small accompaniments, such as crackers, breadsticks, honey and olives.  The charcuterie board is a collection of cured meats and meat products, also accompanied by toasts and perhaps sauces.  So that leaves us with grazing boards, which can be anything!  I loved styling my Valentine’s dessert board, and my guests loved it, too!

I am looking forward to styling a breakfast grazing board when my daughter and granddaughters come to visit in a few weeks.  What could make a more perfect Saturday morning than gathering around the table with a tray or platter full of breakfast breads and fruit?  

No matter what you call it, grazing board, grazing platter, grazing table, gathering family and friends around a lovely presentation of foods.  Grazing boards make entertaining casual and enjoyable by all!  There is nothing fussy or formal about them!  Have you started entertaining with grazing boards?  

Around the internet:

Trying to decide between tile and wood floors in your kitchen?  See what Shelley has to say at Calypso in the Country

First Day of Home is looking toward Easter with these amazing decoupaged eggs!  

…and WOW!  Look at what Cynthia created from a plain mirror!!  Check out Create with Cynthia for the DIY on this!  

Have a fabulous week and let me know if you are ready to have more grazing boards in your life!

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  1. Chloe, I really got a big smile when I read your comment about HGTV people saying they love to entertain Seriously! I have a dear friend who has been to gatherings at my house for years, and weekends at my beach house and I have only been invited to her house once for drinks before we went out to dinner! It doesn’t matter though, I love to entertain and always opt for some kind of grazing buffet! I usually have more than can be contained on one platter, but your round board looks like a great base. I love seeing all your themed boards, and the breakfast one is a great idea!

    1. Really, Jenna, isn’t that the truth? I understand that some people just don’t enjoy entertaining, and I am fine with that, I just think it is crazy how all of those people on those shows insist they LOVE to entertain! I am planning a St. Patrick’s one this week!

  2. Chloe, I had no idea you were featuring my decoupage eggs and just happened upon this post! Thanks so much! What a delightful surprise when I least expected it. Looking forward to a great spring tablescape with you tomorrow! Hugs, Crissy

  3. I just entertained with my first grazing board this past weekend. I made a cheese board and it was a big hit! I find guests enjoy eating a variety of small bites. I think they feel like they aren’t really “eating”. Thanks for more ideas on grazing boards.

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