ideas for a Christmas eve board

Making a Christmas Eve board is a great way to celebrate the festive season. It is also something that can be put together quite easily and let’s face it, the simpler you make life the night before Christmas, the better. After all, we all have a million things to do the night before the big day!

What Should You Add To You Christmas Eve Board?

You can pack a variety of delicious and visually appealing treats on there. Here are some items you can consider including on your Christmas Eve food board:

1) Cheeses

Choose a variety of cheeses like brie, cheddar, gouda and blue cheese. You can also include cheese spreads, or cheese balls.

2) Charcuterie

Add an assortment of cured meats such as prosciutto salami and smoked sausages.

4) Homemade Treats

If you’ve made some homemade edible treats in the run up to Christmas, then you could add some to your Christmas Eve board.

But don’t make more work for yourself! If you haven’t made anything, then don’t start on Christmas Eve morning! The idea of these Christmas Eve boards is to keep it simple. So if you happen to have made some homemade treats, add them. If you haven’t, don’t worry about it!

5) Crackers And Bread

Provide a selection of crackers, breadsticks and sliced baguette to pair with the cheeses and meats. If you’re handy in the kitchen, check out our tips for baking homemade bread.

6) Fresh Fruits

Include seasonal fruits like grapes, berries, figs and slices of apple or pear for a touch of sweetness.

7) Dried Fruits

Offer dried apricots, cranberries and raisins for a chewy and sweet element.

8) Nuts

Add a variety of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews and pistachios for crunch and flavour.

9) Olives

Include a selection of marinated olives for a savory and briny component.

10) Honey And Jams

Provide small dishes of honey, fruit preserves, or chutneys to complement the cheeses and meats.

11) Pickles And Pickled Vegetables

Add a few pickles, pickled onions, or cornichons for a tangy flavour.

12) Chocolate And Sweets

Incorporate some chocolate truffles, mini candy canes, or Christmas-themed chocolates for a touch of indulgence.

13) Mini Sandwiches

Create bite-sized sandwiches with various fillings, like smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber.

14) Vegetable Crudites

Include colourful vegetable sticks like carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. You could also serve them with dip. This section of your Christmas Eve board will keep those that are trying to stay healthy over the festive period happy!

15) Mini Quiches Or Tarts

Offer savoury mini quiches or tarts filled with ingredients like spinach, cheese and mushrooms.

16) Mini Pies Or Pastries

Add small savory or sweet pies and pastries, such as mini meat pies or fruit-filled pastries. We love this mushroom cheese puff pie wreath – it’s delicious and always goes down well with the family.

17) Herbs And Edible Flowers

Sprinkle some fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme for added fragrance and edible flowers for a decorative touch.

18) Decorative Elements

Use sprigs of holly, pine cones, or Christmas-themed decorations to add a festive flair to the food board.

19) Drinks

Consider including a selection of wines, sparkling cider, or non-alcoholic options like flavoured water or festive mocktails.

Pulling Your Christmas Eve Board Together

Arrange the items on the board however you want. Some people like to create a balanced mix of colours, textures, and flavours, but feel free to do things your way.

Personalise your board based on your preferences and dietary restrictions and feel free to get creative with your selections.

Perhaps the Christmas Eve board will become one of your family’s festive food traditions.

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