Sometimes for Valentine’s Day you want to do something casual. Even just inviting people in for a little nosh, like a grazing board can be a little more festive with the addition of some hearts!
Any occasion to style (and enjoy eating from) a grazing board is a good occasion!
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I was excited to use my new board that my children gave me for Christmas. This is the biggest board I have and also has the most character. I love selecting a specific board for a special occasion.
I spotted this beautiful heart-shaped charcuterie board at Williams Sonoma. This would be the perfect way to carry through the heart theme and serve up delicious food or a surprise brunch board for Valentine’s day! Wouldn’t this make a wonderful Valentine’s gift for someone who loves entertaining?
If you are looking for a large board like mine, this one from Pottery Barn is a good choice. A board can be styled as a cheese board to include a selection of cheeses and accompaniments, or as a Valentine’s day charcuterie board with a variety of meats and the accompaniments for them.
This is how my countertop looks before I start my board…crazy, right? I won’t end up using all of these things, but I like to make sure I have ample things to choose from when putting together my board.
I find that cookie cutters are a great help when I want to add some special shapes to my boards. For this board I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter on slices of mozzarella cheese. Keep in mind, you can do this with any shape for any occasion.
If I am using bowls of anything, I like to put them in the center of the board first and then build up my board around the bowls. For this one, I filled heart shaped bowls with pita chips and hummus.
Don’t be afraid to add additional dishes should you need or want to contain some of your items. I used a small bowl for nuts, olives, boursin cheese, cornichons and honey. Vegetables are a great enhancement to a board like this. Bright red strawberries are a great idea, too!
Add heart-shaped foods where you can, like cutting a cherry tomato into two halves and putting them together.
Of course if you can add heart shaped crackers to keep the Valentine’s theme going. These are from Valley Lavosh. You can find these right on Amazon and have them delivered!
My tip for adding prosciutto to your board is to wrap small pieces of it around breadsticks. Try this for a easy way to serve it!
Use those cheese slice hearts all around your board.
My grazing board is all finished and ready to share! Notice the little Valentine’s M & M’s I sprinkled around the board. Small candies can add a pop of color and offer up a sweet treat. A grazing platter is a great way to serve special people or just have some snacks handy during a movie night! Whatever your plans, I hope your Valentine’s Day and each and every day has at least a little love in it!
A festive way to celebrate galentine’s day is with a board full of sweet treats! You may want to check out the Valentine’s Dessert Board I styled last year!