In the last couple of weeks I’ve learned a new term, grazing table. Have you heard of them before? The best way to describe one is that it’s like a giant charcuterie board, typically placed on a table.
For my son’s 16th birthday he told me that he wanted charcuterie for the food, so in my search for inspirational giant charcuterie spreads, I came across grazing tables. There are many beautiful photos to choose from and people who specialize in creating these too-pretty-to-eat masterpieces. Today I’m sharing with you a few tips to create a grazing table.
Tips to create a grazing table:
- Start with a good base. I used parchment paper because it is compostable.
- Add the largest items first. I knew I wanted the cake to be included, and that I needed a board for the cheeses.
- Medium sized items come next. The dipping bowls and jars of goodies went on next since they are the next largest items.
- Breads, meats, and cheeses should be spread out evenly. This way no one is gathered in one part of the table. I tried to have a few types of each and scattered them throughout the board.
- Fruits, nuts, and other smaller items come last. These items serve as decoration and I like to add these items last as the finishing touches to my spread. I added some greenery and edible flowers to finish the board.
I made his cake from scratch using my favorite Miss Jones Baking chocolate cake mix, Miss Jones Baking vanilla buttercream frosting w/ pink & blue food coloring added, a special baking mold, edible black color mist, edible silver pearl dust, edible glitter silver stars, and silver star sprinkles. I also used 16 (Ahhh!) twinkle thin black candles.
Do you like charcuterie? Have you made a grazing table before?