Make a Simple 4th of July Charcuterie Board

It’s no secret by now that I like to get creative for the holidays. For me, my creativity expresses itself in the form of easy charcuterie boards. Most of my festive charcuterie boards are family-friendly and have a mixture of sweet and savory to satisfy a number of palettes in our home. My latest 4th of July charcuterie board is no exception!

Fourth of July Charcuterie BoardThis year, while making my simple 4th of July charcuterie board, I decided to include ONLY red, white, and blue snacks—because of course. Here’s a breakdown of the types of snacks I included:

  • Watermelon
  • A variety of berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries)
  • Apples
  • White chocolate pretzels
  • Independence Day-colored M&Ms
  • Red, white, and blue star sugar cookies
  • A few different types of salamis
  • Prosciutto
  • White cheddar popcorn
  • White queso
  • Chips and crackers (white corn tortilla, water crisp chips, and club crackers)
  • A variety of cheeses (pepper jack, swiss, and white cheddar)

Other Food Options for Your 4th of July Charcuterie Board

Here are some other food options for your charcuterie board, if you need some more ideas:

  • Red grapes
  • Mini Babybel cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes (would be great with mozzarella balls!)
  • Cherries
  • Blue tortilla chips (add some salsa too)
  • Blue candies (to add more blue to your board—I felt my board lacked in the blue department)
  • Red jelly
  • Banana slices

I always try to find cute and unique ways to dress up my boards. For this 4th of July charcuterie board, I made some great use of star shaped cookie cutters. To hold the M&Ms, I placed one of the cookie cutters in the middle of the board to also make it my main focal point. I found it to be a super cute alternative to using a bowl.

For the other star cookie cutters, I used them to make shapes out of the various cheeses and watermelon slices I had. This always just adds a little something extra to your charcuterie board—I promise you it does not go unnoticed. My kids said it was the “best watermelon they ever tasted.” All because it was star-shaped!

More Creative 4th of July Board Ideas

While browsing Pinterest for ideas of my own, I came across a ton of 4th of July charcuterie boards that were in the shape of the American flag. Whether you choose to do the entire board like this, or choose to only do one section of the board in the shape of the flag—I’m sure it will taste and look great.

Another cute idea would be to have the board go from red, to white, to blue. I decided to arrange my food in groups of food types, such as all fruits together, all crackers together, and all sweets together. However, you can prepare your charcuterie board any way you see fit!

Most Importantly: Enjoy the Process!

There are no wrong ways to do a charcuterie board of any kind. Boards like this are awesome for the whole family. The best part is that they’re so simple. My board took about 15 minutes to put together, aside from cutting up the watermelon and creating the star shapes out of the cheeses. My favorite part about the charcuterie board that I chose to create is that I made it out of food that I already had in my house!

Creating these festive and fun charcuterie boards is so simple! My kids really look forward to the days where I put them together. If your kids are old enough, have them create the board with you. Putting together delicious charcuterie boards like this is a great way to enjoy some bonus family time. The snacking after isn’t too bad either!

Planning more 4th of July fun? Check out Whitney’s post on where to watch fireworks in + around Detroit.


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