Kid Friendly Charcuterie Boards are my favorite party food when kids are in attendance. They are so simple, and depending on what you decide to use, there is virtually no cooking involved. With barely any preparation other than washing your fruit and slicing cheeses, traditional kid friendly charcuterie takes about 15 minutes to put together.
Okay, first things first. How do you pronounce charcuterie?
shar - koo - tuh - ree
Easy, right? Except I had been calling it CHAR koo tuh ree for quite some time and no one ever corrected me. How embarrassing. I hope they weren't sure either.
Once I started putting together charcuterie boards, I thought, let's just make sure I'm saying this right. At least now I know, and so do you!
Charcuterie boards are a fantastic, simple idea for parties and for getting the entire family involved in sharing and celebrating food. They involve kids and adults in socializing and get everyone talking.
There are so many options when it comes to charcuterie boards. Arrange foods using festive colors or in holiday-themed shapes. Make a movie night snack board or a s'mores board for kid-friendly sleepover charcuterie.
More Holiday Charcuterie Ideas
🍱 What is a Traditional Charcuterie Board?
A traditional charcuterie board consists of a variety of meats along with garnishes and condiments, cheeses, and breads. Simply put, it's a meat, cheese and bread board.
Charcuterie meats should be of different textures, like hard salami paired with soft smoked salmon. You can slice them in different ways, too, to add variety to the board. The meats should be paired with a few different simple cubed or sliced cheeses.
I like adding simple fruits and fun foods to make kid friendly charcuterie, rather than just sticking to meats, cheeses and breads. What better way to get kids to eat their fruit when it's at a fun party or in a fun shape?!
Follow these guidelines to make a beautiful kid friendly charcuterie board.
- Decide on the occasion/theme (or color theme)
- Decide on the type of food. Do you want a sweet board? A savory board? A bit of both? Something else?
- Choose your board. Do you need a round one? Square one? Big? Small?
- Choose fun bowls and containers and use them to create focal points around the board. Arrange the bowls first and other foods around them.
- Offer small, kid-friendly disposable serving utensils to avoid lots of mess and kids' germs from getting into the food.
- Your board doesn't have to look perfect. Let the kids help and make it fun, that's all part of it.
You can customize your choices for the board based on what the kids like. And if you don't know, that's okay.
Most kids like lunch meat, cheese, and simple everyday fruits, plus fun stuff like pretzels and chocolate.
Kid-friendly charcuterie should be spice free (and probably nut free too in case of any allergies).
Depending on the kids' ages, watch out for choking hazards, like grapes and crackers that are too hard.
There are a ton of different "kid friendly" foods that you can choose for your charcuterie board. Just make sure to consider the ages of the kids.
This particular kid-friendly charcuterie is made for kids over 4 and my ingredients are:
- honey ham and turkey
- mini hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry
- yellow and white cheddar
- mini sweet pickles
- small black olives
- apple slices
- pretzel twists
- olive oil flatbread crackers
- goldfish crackers
- toasted hoagie roll
For the meats, choose classic lunch meats like salami, turkey, ham, roast beef, and pepperoni. I use honey ham and honey turkey and a brand of pepperonis that I know to be mild and not spicy.
For the cheeses, I use sharp white and yellow cheddar. These are always a hit, are easy to find, and are generally loved by everyone. Rather than buying bags of cubed cheese, I buy square cheese sticks or a block and cut those into cubes. This way is less expensive. Monterey and swiss are other good cheese options. Feel free to use cubes or slices, or a combo of both!
For the breads I usually toast a few hoagie rolls and cut them into small pieces. Then the kids can make mini sandwiches with the meats and cheeses if they want. They always think this is fun, because they get to choose what they want from all the delicious items you offer!
Sticking with seasonal fruits will save you money. I like to go with simple fruits that don't take much preparation (so I normally wouldn't use fruits like mango or kiwi). Apples, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, and pears are great choices. Use a variety of different color fruits to fill your board with vibrant colors and make it an eye-catching masterpiece!
I always add something fun to my kid friendly charcuterie! Choose what this is based on the ages of the kids. I like goldfish and different shaped pretzels for the little ones. Mini hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry or croissants are always a hit with any age! Pickles and olives are a few of my other favorites, but these can be a hit or miss with your crowd.
Don't forget to serve your kid friendly charcuterie board with condiments, like mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup. Because kiddos are pretty messy, I don't put the condiments on the board. Instead I leave them in small bowls on the side, with small serving spoons.
If you need to purchase a charcuterie board, you can find endless options on Amazon. Home Goods is another great option for good quality, yet discounted boards.
This board on Amazon is one of my favorite circular boards. I love that it has handles for easy carrying! If you'd like a rectangular snack board, this one here is a great option. But you can also use a large wooden cutting board if you don't have time to go shopping or if you're on a really tight budget. (no one will notice!)
But my absolute favorite board is this Smirly Cheese Board. It's awesome for wine, cheese, meat, nuts, and fruit because it has 5 different serving sections and servingware!
Kid Friendly Charcuterie Board
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 cup grapes
- 8 ounces genoa salami
- 8 ounces pepperoni slices
- 8 ounces ham
- 8 oz mozzarella slices
- 1 cup cheddar cubes
- 1 cup olives
- 1 cup pickles
- 12 ounces goldfish crackers
- 8 ounces crackers
- 8 ounces pretzels
- 20 mini hot dogs
- 20 toasted bread slices
- Arrange serving bowls on your board. Place in opposite corners so they are separated by diagonal lines.
- Arrange foods around the bowls first, then fill in the remaining empty spaces.
- Fill the serving bowls with small foods or condiments.
- Serve immediately, with condiments on the side if not included in bowls.
💲 Budget Friendly Charcuterie
Charcuterie boards are relatively budget-friendly if you stick to inexpensive seasonal items. You can also use ingredients that you already have and limit what you need to buy.
I had most of the items I used for this charcuterie board already on hand. I mostly shop at Sam's Club or Lidl for parties and holidays because they can be much cheaper than traditional grocery stores.
This variety of a kid friendly charcuterie board costs about $12.
However you chose to make your board, always have fun doing it! If you've made kid-friendly charcuterie, I'd love to hear how it turned out. Please let me know in the comments below!