A red, white and blue patriotic charcuterie board is an easy party food when kids are part of the summer holiday barbecues. They can be simple and involve no cooking (leave that for the grill!). Easy charcuterie boards take around 15 minutes to put together.
Show your love for America with an eye-catching red, white, and blue charcuterie board, made especially with kids in mind!
A traditional charcuterie board consists of a variety of meats along with garnishes and condiments, cheeses, and breads. Essentially it's a meat, cheese and bread board.
Today we've turned traditional charcuterie boards into an endless option of party snacks.
Holiday themed charcuterie boards are fun to make and easy to put together. Be as festive as you'd like. There is no end to the creativity when putting together a snack board.
This easy patriotic charcuterie board is designed primarily for kids, but can easily be altered to include foods that adults love (or that your kids love).
You can check out my main post on making an everyday occasion kid-friendly charcuterie board for some more inspiration.
We love making charcuterie boards for holidays because of their simplicity and festivity.
Here Are More Holiday Themed Snack Boards:
Charcuterie boards are a fantastic way to get kids to eat healthy party foods rather than only sweets and carb-loaded snacks.
Cutting foods into shapes, like the watermelon into stars, make eating healthy foods as fun as eating the candy.
There are a ton of different kid friendly foods that you can choose. Just make sure to consider the ages of the kids.
Customize the foods based on what the kids like. If you don’t know, that’s okay. Most kids like lunch meat, cheese, and simple everyday fruits, plus fun stuff like pretzels and crackers, and candy.
Of course, make sure that everything is red, white, and blue!
Your patriotic charcuterie board should include a variety of:
- sliced meats
- fun snacks
If you need to purchase a charcuterie board, this is one of my favorite circular boards. The handles make for easy transporting from one location to another. If you'd like a rectangular snack board, this one here is a great option.
If you don't have time to buy a board or are on a tight budget, use a large cutting board. No will notice.
For this charcuterie board, you'll need an assortment of fruits, sliced deli meats, cheeses, and fun snacks like pretzels and candy. Here is what I used to make this beautiful patriotic snack board:
Fruits and Veggies
- Red grapes
- Red apple slices
- Grape tomatoes
Use a star shaped cookie cutter to make watermelon stars, which will be a hit with the kids.
Ham and roast beef are other good red options.
- Mozzarella pearls
- White cheddar cubes
- Yogurt or white chocolate covered pretzels
- White chocolate bar, cut into pieces
- Mini marshmallows
- Red, white and blue m&ms
The best part about a kids charcuterie board is that you can include any of your favorite fruits, veggies, snacks, meats, candies, and cheeses.
How hot will it be? Be cautious about chocolate on your board if you are placing it outside and you live in a seasonably hot location.
The ages of the kids. Kid-friendly charcuterie boards 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.
Pick a theme and stick to it. Obviously here we are making a patriotic board. But for other occasions pick a color or theme and choose items that compliment that theme.
Use small bowls to give the board definition and character. See my post on putting together charcuterie boards for more tips on using bowls.
Patriotic Charcuterie Board
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 10 watermelon slices, cut into stars
- 2 red apples, sliced
- 1 cup red grapes
- ½ pint cherry or grape tomatoes
- 8 ounces genoa salami
- 8 ounces pepperoni slices
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 8 oz mozzarella pearls
- 1 cup white cheddar cubes
- 1 cup white chocolate, cut into pieces
- 8 ounces crackers
- 8 ounces yogurt covered pretzels
- ½ cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup red, white, and blue m&m's
- 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. Keep similar colored foods together.
- Fill the serving bowls with candies and small fruits and veggies.
- Serve immediately.