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Friday, December 9, 2016

A Perfect Holiday Hors d'oeuvre ~ The Charcuterie Board

Today at Storybook Cottage we are celebrating Mr. Decor’s birthday. He likes nothing more than to eat a delicious selection of sausage and cheeses. (Of course I now have to limit such fare to special occasions. :)

A charcuterie board is perfect for most holiday gatherings and is truly easy to prepare.


You can find better quality meats and cheeses at most grocery stores. An assortment of brie, goat cheese and two cheddars were selected along with some summer sausage and black forest ham. Everything came from either Central Market (our local grocer) or Trader Jo’s.

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Beautiful pears, honey crisp apples and pomegranate seeds are perfect sweet pairings.

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The cranberry bread and rosemary crackers from Trader Jo’s are seasonal favorites.

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Most better grocery stores also have an olive bar. We selected Greek and blue cheese stuffed olives.

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Then, it is just an matter of arranging it all. Darling daughter, the Fashionista, laid it all out on a large marble slab I found at an estate sale a few years ago. Wood cutting boards work well too. The olives were put into pretty measuring cups found at Anthropologie last year. Wee antique silver spoons to serve add a layer of holiday glimmer and shine. The marble cheese serving set was a recent find from Target. I then added a few fresh thyme sprigs for color and texture.

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The entire family enjoyed this charcuterie board as a nice lunch. But Mr. Decor would absolutely accept this for dinner too. He generally is so easy to please and I am truly blessed to have him as a husband!

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Happy Birthday Mr. Decor!



Sandi said...


Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere said...

Your delicious board is candy for the eye.

handmade by amalia said...

This looks amazing - yummy and so beautifully styled.

sarah said...

Happy birthday Mr. Decor

Annette Robinson said...

Laura, that food spread looks so yummy! Your daughter did such a great job displaying it. What is her blog site? Once again, I need to say how much I 'adore' your blog!!

ellen b said...

Fun presentation!

Botanic Bleu said...

Beautiful presentation of delicious food. Happy Birthday, Mr. Decor.


Jeanie said...

So glad you said this was on the slab because I kept thinking I saw "wrinkles" and thought it white fabric and wondered why in the world you were using fabric under pomegranate seeds! Duh. I think I need a pick-me-up!

And a piece of that sausage, an olive or two and those wonderful TJ crackers would be quite fine! It looks terrific!

Best birthday wishes to Mr. Decor! Celebrate big!

Sarah said...

This looks so pretty and inviting. Love the decor sprinkled about.

GSGreatEscaper said...

You inspired me to create a platter for my Betsy Tacy holiday party yesterday! But mine was not as pretty as yours, plus it expanded from one marble slab to the matching lazy susan and a cracker platter. But people did enjoy it and the leftovers will make for some nice packed lunches this week, as well as some flatbread pizza suppers. Thanks!