Looking to up your hostess game? Not only do sharing boards look a solid 10/10 but they are easy to prepare and the perfect accompaniment to just about any occasion that calls for food and conversation.
It’s the ultimate hassle-free party piece – guests can serve themselves and go up for another round whenever they please, leaving the host to relax, mingle and graze along with everyone else.
Lockdown lunch just got interesting!
Easter, as we know it, may be on hold for now but if you’re on lockdown with your family, housemates or your S.O, you can just as easily celebrate from your home with this sharing board complete with chocolate eggs and all the bite-sized nibbles. Lockdown lunch just got interesting!
You can always save it to your Pinterest board for a later date, ready to recreate as soon as lockdown is over. It’s not a recipe just for Easter, after all, it can easily be adapted for birthdays, movie marathons and other special occasions. Check out our tips for styling the ultimate cheeseboard here!
Arranging your platter
When it comes to putting your sharing platter together, there are no hard and fast rules. As long as you assemble it in a way that makes it easy to see the selection of snacks on offer, then you’re good to go.
Place all your sweet snacks down one end and savoury at the other.
The only other thing to take into consideration is grouping food groups together to make it easy for your guests to see what they want to go for – i.e all your sweet snacks down one end and savoury at the other.
Adding in something green is always a good idea, especially when there’s an abundance of naughty snacks on offer. Pack on your veggies such as radishes, carrots, celery sticks, asparagus, red pepper and any other crunchy snacks that go down particularly well when loaded up with delicious dipping sauces and spreads. It’ll help balance out all the choc.
Dips are always a crowd-pleaser aren’t they? Never trust someone who doesn’t like to plunge a carrot or a breadstick in a party dip.
Cover all the condiment bases and your guests will be very happy indeed.
From houmous and tzatziki to a bowl of melted chocolate – cover all the condiment bases and your guests will be very happy indeed.
As this is an Easter-themed grazing board, we’ve included sweet seasonal treats like hot cross buns, Creme Eggs and mini marshmallows. If you’ve got any chocolate eggs, carefully break them in half and place them on the platter for guests to snap off a bit of chocolate when they fancy it. They also double up nicely as the perfect display bowls for your smaller confectionery.
If you can, use one long-serving platter to make the most of the grazing table/platter concept, or simply cover your table in thick brown parcel paper. If you’re worried about the oil from dips seeping through, just decant your sauces into bowls instead of piling them straight onto the paper.
Food is the best entertainment so have fun with it!
Topple over some fresh strawberries for a pop of colour, add in some tortilla chips for extra texture (crisps are always a hit) and fill in any gaps with any leftover nibbles. Experiment – food is the best entertainment so have fun with it!