Buying and Styling a Large Charcuterie Board

Whether you're in the market to buy a large charcuterie board, want to create a large board effect, or are looking for styling tips, we've got you covered.

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Elizabeth Merchut

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January 19, 2022

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Let’s talk about large charcuterie boards. They’re all over Pinterest, and they’re so fun to style. Below I’ve rounded up my favorite boards if you’re in the market for one of these beauties. I’ve also got a few ideas for how to create the visual effect of a large board without buying one, and my tips for styling a large charcuterie board.

Buying a Large Charcuterie Board

There are so many stunning boards available, but I’ve picked out my top favorites for any style.

1. Live Edge Charcuterie Board

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This beautiful board is made of acacia wood with a live edge. At 24” long by 11” wide, this rectangular shape will hold several kinds of cheese and meats, making it a great choice for a large charcuterie board.

2. Oak Oversized Charcuterie Board

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This gorgeous oak wood board is 26inches in length, making it a wonderful selection for a large charcuterie board. With the cutout handles on each end, you’ll have no problem walking this board from your kitchen counter to your serving table.

3. Long Serving Board with Handle

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This handcrafted board features a handle at one end and measures 31.5 inches in length, giving it plenty of surface area for all of your favorite charcuterie ingredients.

4. Round Large Charcuterie Board

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If a large round board is the look you’re going for, this is the one! At 32.5 inches by 28 inches, this board would be perfect for a crowd. If this is too big for what you’re wanting, you can find more of our favorite round charcuterie boards here.

5. Long Skinny Board with Metal Handles

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This is the longest board on this list at 40 inches. The old world style of this board with the metal handles detail would be a unique base for assembling your charcuterie board.

 

Don’t want to buy a large board?

If you don’t want to make the investment of buying a large charcuterie board but want to achieve the same type of look, don’t be afraid to put multiple smaller charcuterie boards together to create the visual effect of a large charcuterie board. Alternatively, take a roll of brown wrapping paper and cut a piece as large as you’d like your charcuterie spread to be! This method is really fun if you want to cover a kitchen table or island for a dramatic effect for a party.

 

Styling a Large Charcuterie Board

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This is the largest charcuterie board I've put together to date!

Whenever I’m planning out a large charcuterie board, I typically will think about anchoring with cheeses. For a group of 4-6 people, I’ll usually pick out 3 cheeses. For a group of 7-10 people, I’ll probably get 4 or 5 cheeses. I’ll go on the heavy side if the charcuterie board is sort of replacing a meal, and I’ll go lighter if the charcuterie board is being served as an appetizer before a meal.

When I’m placing the cheeses on the board, I usually spread them out so that there’s plenty of room between them for styling the other food elements.

Once the cheese is in place, I’ll place any ramekins that I intend to have on the board. In these, I’ll usually put things like spreads or honey. Sometimes I’ll put candied pecans or olives in a ramekin as well.

Now that the cheese and ramekins are in place, I’ll place my additional items from large to small on the board. For example, I’ll place fruits such as grapes on the board next, then I would place crackers (if I’m displaying the crackers on the board), and then I’d place the meats. I like a “messy” look on a board, so I’m not afraid to squish my ingredients together and to fold things up so that they fit together.

Another tip for a large charcuterie board is to pre-cut your cheeses. I find that with large groups of people who are grazing on a large charcuterie board, the cheeses get eaten more quickly if people aren’t trying to cut each slice. Having some slices or cubes also makes it easy for guests to easily grab slices of multiple kinds of cheeses.

My final piece of advice for styling a large charcuterie board is to have fun! Charcuterie foods are absolutely delicious, and your guests will have a great time exploring different combinations of food from your board.

If you create a large charcuterie board, tag us on Instagram! We’d love to see what you create.

Further Reading
Charcuterie Definition: What is Charcuterie Really?
The definition of charcuterie actually has quite the historical timeline, even though the term has become extremely trendy as of recently. Essentially, the charcuterie board isn’t new, it’s a modern spin on a very traditional and historically rich way of sharing a meal.
January 21, 2023
The Best Options for an Oak Charcuterie Board
Oak is a beautiful wood choice! That’s why an oak charcuterie board is a gorgeous base for styling meats, cheese, or even desserts.
December 16, 2022