I am finally getting around to posting the massive
Charcuterie Board I did for my son's wedding this August.
I searched for ideas online about how much to purchase,
but no one really gave exact amounts to guide me,
so I am going to give you my actual grocery list
and tell you what I had too much of and what worked.
You may remember the massive table my son built
me for my Witches in the Hollow dinner last year.
Well, we didn't get it covered and the weather got to it,
but the week before the wedding I had the inspiration
to use it rather than folding tables, or renting a table.
I sheepishly asked my son about resurfacing it. I knew
he would be busy the week before his wedding, but he
said one of his employees would have the time!!!
So he asked how I wanted it done, and I said I wanted
it whitewashed. Then he asked if I wanted the legs
repainted gold. Well, of course I did! Now it
would match the eight foot board he had made me that
I planned to place down the center of the table to be
the base for the layout.
You can see the board at the front of this picture. It is
whitewashed with a gold base. It sits on my kitchen counter
all of the time and serves as a nice base for my counter displays.
Since we were in the middle of Covid, I pushed for a
small intimate gathering, but the mother of the bride
went ahead and wanted a big event, so I had no idea
how many to plan for. I planned for around 150, and
that seemed to be how many we had. It was held in the
nice big backyard of a friend so distancing was possible.
For drama, I knew I wanted height and size, so I gathered
some of my whitewashed serving pieces like this
My splurges for the board were the large
cheeses, which ranged from $20 to $60. I got six of those.
Each one had its own knife for slicing off some cheese.
I love these knives I had purchased from Home Goods
I purchased some inexpensive wooden boxes off of
Amazon and painted those white and gold too. They
held nuts and breads and flatware.
Rather than take the time to make my own macarons,
I purchased ones from Costco and sprayed them with
Wilton's Lustre Spray to dress them up.
I also purchased fun Biscotti and filled cookies that
we like from Trader Joe's.
A little cut fruit and other fruits adorn the table to give
it color. Surprisingly people took the cut kiwis and
ate all of them.
Bread sticks, naan, pretzel rolls and sliced crusty breads
plus crackers filled out the board.
One end of the table was anchored by two lanterns,
and the other was anchored by a tiered tray full of
I cubed four two-pound bricks of cheese, and
of course, these were all gone by the end of the night.
I also purchased 20 tongs off Amazon for serving.
Nuts and olives are a nice addition to a board.
I included olives, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pesto,
mustards, and hummus for topping the breads
A variety of meats were also served.
Now for my shopping list! I spent about $750
for the entire board, but could have done it for about
two-thirds, as we had a lot left over.
4 - 2 lb. bricks cheese - Colby Jack, Hot Pepper,
Sharp Cheddar and White Cheddar (I bought Tillamook)
6 quarter and half round wheels of cheese - Blue Cheese,
Blueberry Cheese, Manchego Cheese, Smoked Gouda,
Parmesano Reggiano (the last 3 were from Costco)
4 pkg sliced salami and Prosciutto (Costco)
2 rounds Brie (Costco
2 large containers Hummus (Costco)
2 large containers Artichoke Dip ( Costco)
6 pkg Macarons (Costco)
1 jar Pesto (Costco)
4 pkg Pretzel Balls (Costco)
4 pkg mini Naan (grocery store)
3 pkg heart shaped crackers (grocery store)
3 pkg Parmesan flatbread (Trader Joes)
2 boxes Social Snacker Crackers (Trader Joes)
3 pkg. thin Breadsticks (Trader Joes)
2 pkg flatbread crackers (Trader Joes)
2 boxes Mango and Ginger Crackers (Trader Joes)
3 pkg Chocolate Biscotti (Trader Joes)
2 pkg chocolate meringues (Trader Joes)
2 pkg vanilla meringues (Trader Joes
3 pkg Lemon Biscotti (Trader Joes)
3 boxes Biscoff Cookies (Trader Joes)
2 pkg Nutella filled cookies (Trader Joes)
3 boxes Lemon Wafers (Trader Joes)
2 Lemon Curd (Trader Joes)
4 pkg green and red olives (Trader Joes)
2 Nut and Olive Mix (Trader Joes)
2 pkg sugared pecans (Trader Joes)
2 pkg coconut cashews (Trader Joes)
1 pkg. shelled Pistachios (Grocery Store)
2 specialty mustards (Trader Joes)
1 red pepper spread (Trader Joes)
Olive Oil with pouring spout (Trader Joes)
6 baguettes - 4 sliced, and 2 left whole (Grocery Store)
6 assorted crusty bread loaves, sliced (Grocery Store)
3 large pkg each - strawberries, raspberries and
2 pkg red grapes (Costco)
3 grapefruits, cut in half
6 yellow kiwis, cut in half
4 green kiwis, cut in half
Of course, most of this could be purchased at any store.