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Even though Amelia’s tenth birthday is a few weeks away, we celebrated it this weekend. After all, we have had less than ten Covid cases a day in Nova Scotia so I figured it was a good chance. We can have up to ten people in our home – so as a family of four, I could invite six friends.

I came up with the idea to do a “make your own charcuterie board” party and Amelia went for it. It was fun choosing the various ingredients! The brilliant thing about the concept is that it serves as an activity for the party guests and doubles as their “treat bag” – which they actually assemble themselves! Finally, once the girls were done assembling their individual charcuterie board, they feasted on the remaining ingredients, which served as the snack/meal for the party. The kids had fun and flexed their creative muscles at the same time. In case you want to have your own (Covid pending) charcuterie party, I’ve listed my ingredients and instructions below. PLEASE NOTE: you should always check for guest allergies before purchasing the ingredients.

What You’ll Need

  • Charcuterie board/box for each child. In my case, we used 6×6 drawer organizers from the dollar store. Even though they aren’t big, they are deep so the kids could still fill them up nicely.
  • Mini containers to fit inside the board/box (I used very small cups, like a tiny plastic shot glass, plus mini boxes that might hold a wedding party favour – both from the dollar store)
  • Chocolates (mini chocolate bars, chocolate covered nuts, Ferrero Rocher)
  • Meats (pepperoni sticks cut up, salami, prosciutto)
  • Fruits (a variety for colour: gooseberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, red & green grapes)
  • Veggies (peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, celery)
  • Cheeses (mixed Babybel for colour & ease, various hard cheeses chopped into cubes)
  • Nuts (we used peanut-safe almonds & pistachios, since my daughter has a peanut allergy)
  • Mini cookies/crackers (fish crackers, mini Chips Ahoy, Teddy Grahams)
  • Round crackers for the cheese (we used beet crackers from Costco as well as mini Breton crackers)
  • Candy (we used Swedish Berries, Skittles and marshmallow hearts)
  • Popcorn (I usually pop my own popcorn but I bought the Costco Chicago mix for colour and because it’s delicious)
  • Dip options (my options were honey, hummus, mango chutney)
  • Appetizer options (I purchased the Indian appetizer box from Superstore)

Before the guests arrived, I filled several of the mini cups with the small ingredients such as the small crackers, the nuts, and the popcorn. I set everything out for the girls to choose.

This was my “board” with the leftover Ferrero Rocher box

Be sure to tell your guests to put the larger items in the box first. All the little things can be built around the bigger things. The cups are great for that, and so are the cubes of cheese. Strawberries take up real estate and add colour. Aside from that, the only instructions I gave to my guests were to be sure to choose some healthy food, and consider choosing a variety of colourful items.