Mini Appetizer Boards for Thanksgiving

Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or being a guest at someone else’s home, these cute mini appetizer boards are easy to make and share with others. There are so many uses for these boards~not just for appetizers, but desserts, or tea and cookies, bread displays and wine flights.

Types of Boards

Mini wooden boards

The boards I am showing in this post are from Amazon and you can find them here. A package of 4 is $11.94. If you are looking for a more substantial mini cutting board, here is a nice set of 6 for $36.99. Make sure you check for sizes as they all are different.

What to Serve

When I think appetizers, I never want to serve too much food that spoils someone’s appetite for the main meal. A meat, a cheese, a fruit and a vegetable provides something salty, sweet and somewhat healthy. Appetizers should look appealing with different colors, textures and of course, always fresh ingredients. Nibble size is just fine.

Mixing tastes and textures

What I like about these small trays, is that I can estimate one serving size, which is helpful to those watching their calories or food intake. For example, if I use salami slices, 6 slices equals one ounce or one serving size.

Here are some food items I use:

  • Peppered salami-I use Columbus Peppered Salame
  • Prosciutto
  • Olives (castelvetrano olives are my favorite)
  • Nuts~cashews, almonds, pistachios
  • Cheese-I use Sargento Medium Cheddar
  • Crackers
  • Fruit-grape, figs, apples, pears (I use Melissa’s Mixed Seedless)
  • Dried fruit~raisins, dates, cherries, cranberries
  • Vegetables-I use Eat Smart Sugar Snap Peas
  • Dips

Making the Board Seasonal

Making the board extra cute

Since there is a hole on the handle of this board, I like to add a seasonal ribbon. With a small piece of orange checked wired ribbon (any ribbon scrap will do), I use jute to pinch the middle and string it through the hole.

Secure ribbon with jute twine

Secure it with a small knot.

Tie the ribbon to the back of hole

By the way, I just love this jute twine dispenser with a rooster. It is attractive on your kitchen counter and so handy since the scissors are already attached. Here is the link.

Vintage jute twine spool

Other ways to make your appetizer mini board seasonal is to cut the cheese in various shapes. Here I use a maple leaf cutter.

You can find a set of cookie cutters in multiple sizes here.

Cheese cut in maple leaf shapes

Adding seasonal flowers (hopefully something edible and of course, non-toxic) is a pretty way to say “fall”, like these sweet chrysanthemums.

Flowers for the extra touch

Assembling the Board

A blank canvas

Since the surface of the board isn’t big, it helps to organize your food items. Balance color, textures, shapes and make the appetizers as appealing as possible.

Individual appetizer board

Aren’t These Attractive?

Making multiple boards
Sweet appetizer boards

Such a simple, yet impressive way to make your guests feel special as they wait for the main meal. Think of all the ways you can use these boards throughout the year!

Happy Friday! Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away?

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