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an autumnal charcuterie board...

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If you're ever looking for me at a party and there's a charcuterie board around, I guarantee I won't be too far away from it. It's one of my favorite snacks ever (I'd eat one for every meal if I could), and I love making them for my guests when I host. It's so easy and looks so fancy. It's fun to switch them up with seasonal fruits and snacks, so here's a beautiful autumnal charcuterie board for all your fall gatherings...big or small!

an autumnal charcuterie... / via oh joy!

When hosting a small gathering with a plate for everyone, I love to make each setting special with small, thoughtful details. This doesn't have to be anything over the top, it can be as simple as a sprig of eucalyptus in the center of the plate.

an autumnal charcuterie... / via oh joy!

To make the board, use whatever ingredients you like that are in season at your local market! Here's what we used in ours...

figs
- marcona almonds 
- dried apricots 
- sugar snap peas
- pears
- carrots
- blue cheese
- fig crackers
- pita crackers
- salami (we love soppressata!) 

an autumnal charcuterie... / via oh joy!

When arranging a board, I always start with the largest pieces...usually a block (or two) of cheese. Depending on the cheese, you can leave it whole to be cut as you go, or you can slice ahead of time to make it extra easy for guests. From there, I build out from the cheese adding cured meats around the cheese, then crackers. Since those are the largest items, place them with space between. And then filling in the spaces with smaller items like nuts, veggies, or dried fruit!

For the finishing touches, we clustered several decorate pumpkins (ours are from the dollar section at Target a few years ago!) on and around the board. For some fresh greenery, we added eucalyptus all around the board.

an autumnal charcuterie... / via oh joy!

This is perfect for a night in with your girlfriends, or as a quick bite to eat before heading out to an event for the evening. It's also a great snack alternative for adults on Halloween while the kids eat all the candy ;).

Sources shown: Target Pirouette paint (past season), Target round mirror, Ikea dresser, Anthropologie striped planter (past season), In The Field striped canister, Anthropologie glass knot, Jonathan Adler dice, vintage rug, Interior Define chairs, West Elm table (past season), Urban Outfitters plates, Target ceramic pumpkins (past season), World Market round pillow, Jen Gotch glasses print (past season), Target full length mirror.

{Photos by Lily Glass, Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Written by Traci Michael and Joy Cho.}

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