How to Build the Ultimate Holiday Charcuterie Board on a Budget

Charcuterie Board // Holiday Plaid Cocktail Forks, set of 6 // Candle Holder with Greenery & Pinecones // Ramekins, set of 4

It’s safe to say that most of my happiest memories during the holiday season involve 2 things: FOOD & FAMILY.

Whether you are baking a family recipe to enjoy for breakfast while opening presents on Christmas day, or cooking up a storm for a family dinner around the table, spending time with family & food is what holiday traditions are all about! And while the actual cooking ins’t quite my area of specialty, I have discovered over the years that there is ONE THING I can do really well in the kitchen: BUILD A CHARCUTERIE BOARD! And Kyle, if you’re reading this, YES I KNOW that “making” a charcuterie board is simply just “assembling” pre- packaged items, but truth be told, there’s definitely an art to it…and after posting my charcuterie board on Instagram a couple of times, I decided that the time has come for me too finally share all the hacks, tips, & tricks to building the ultimate board for your holiday entertaining!

Well, first up, lets talk what you need for your board: Honestly, you can make it as over the top or simple as you want, and keep the entire thing fairly inexpensive! Everything for this holiday board was found at my neighborhood Walmart & the total was right around $80, including ALL THE FOOD, the brass handled wooden board, & the plaid cocktail forks! And mind you, this board would easily feed 4-8 people!) Because I needed to scoop up quite the assortment of so many different types of items (holiday entertaining crackers, cheeses & meats (which I was able to get the exact amount I needed sliced fresh at the Walmart deli!) , pre-packaged fruits, pickled veggies, fresh veggies, condiments, nuts, fresh bread…PLUS the actual board, serving sticks, & cocktail forks) I went to Walmart because I knew it would be a ONE AND DONE SHOPPING TRIP…not to mention the value of Walmart can’t be beat! (I know you’re probably still in shock that this whole thing comes in under $80), because I was pretty thrilled, too!) And during the holiday season, I want to spend less time shopping, planning, and stressing about all the money we are spending….and have more time to actually create memories with my family!

Okay, back to the board! First up, lets start with a shopping list:

  1. Meats: You can be as creative or basic as you want here! This particular board was feeding the kiddos and us for movie night so it was pretty simple: thinly sliced peppered turkey, pepperoni, & buffalo chicken!
  2. Cheese: Once again, its whatever you prefer! And the easiest thing to do in my opinion is to see what’s fresh inside the deli at your neighborhood Walmart and get those items! I went with sliced pepperjack cubed colby jack because I knew if we didn’t finish it, we would have it for snacking & sandwiches later on in the week!
  3. Veggies: I usually do a combination of fresh & pickled! This time I picked up mini bell peppers (they are so colorful!) & sliced them up, Great Value medium pitted black olives, Great Value gherkins, & pickled okra (my personal favorite!)! I’ve also been known to throw in asparagus, pickled green beans, or anything else mediterranean-ish!
  4. Breads & crackers for dipping: These are your only carbs, so make it count! Get the fresh french baguette in the bakery and slice it up! Also love the Great Value Entertainment Cracker Selection because its lots of different types of crackers in 1 box!
  5. Filler: Think nuts (I got the Great Value Deluxe Mixed Nuts), dried fruit like figs or cherries or dates, and cranberries or pomegranate seeds!
  6. Dips: WHEN I DIP, YOU DIP, WE DIP! Hummus, Spinach artichoke dip…heck, I even love a good old fashioned ranch or french onion dip! Don’t forget a condiment option like a chipotle mayo, or a garlicky mustard, or even cream cheese topped with red pepper jam (a childhood favorite of mine!!)
  7. Anything else that looks interesting: This time I saw some pre-made mini-stuffed mushrooms, so I added those for something savory & warm! Other ideas would be dolmas or sushi rolls or little mini-tortilla roll-ups…or if you were making it super kid friendly, I’d throw on mini pizza bagel bites!
  8. And don’t forget the garnish! Actually, it doesn’t matter…it just makes you look fancy! I like thyme or sage!

So, you’ve picked up everything you need at Walmart….now where on earth do you even begin?! Here are the best tips when its time to start building the ultimate holiday charcuterie board:

  • Start with all your food items & categorize them on your countertop or workspace: meats, cheeses, crackers, veggies, dips, pickled, filler (nuts, cranberries, dried fruit)
  • Then determine what would need to go into containers: dips, condiments, sometimes I also add pickled items or nuts into containers to give the board some height or dimension. Also: make sure the containers aren’t too deep and that you have toothpicks or sticks for dipping items into them so we aren’t having to use hands!
  • Begin arranging the containers onto the board and that will help determine what items go next to them….take into consideration what you might actually be dipping into it?!
  • Ultimately, think as if you are building a sandwich: meats, then a carb, then a cheese, then something dip-like or creamy with it, then follow it up with something sweet.
  • Keep in mind your colors when you are adding items to the board…which is why having things in categories is helpful because you might need to put some filler item next to the crackers, but nuts are the same color, so reach for the cranberries instead!)
  • You know what…if all else fails, buy a $4 wooden cutting board when you go to Walmart, grab a marker, and create a this charcuterie road map below! Keep it handy so you can always have a guide to follow….and then you know its bound to look beautiful every single time!

If you are not planning on feeding enough people in your home to enjoy a huge charcuterie board this season, but know a family who’s having a holiday movie night or neighbor that has a hungry household that likes to snack all day, this is the easiest last minute gift idea for them! Not to mention its also super convenient to find all these items during your next quick Walmart trip…or even take advantage of their curbside pickup option so you don’t even have to get out of the car!

For sharing as a gift, only purchase the board, the utensils, and the shelf stable items like the Great Value Entertainment Cracker Selection, the dried fruit, canned pickled items, nuts, etc. Then while you are at Walmart, head over to their holiday shop & pick up 2 rolls of plaid fabric (could also be used as an adorable table runner for a tablescape!) and some wired ribbon & VOILA! Then finish your gift with a note (or even toss in the charcuterie road map!) sharing the additional fresh items they will need to add to their board before they can enjoy! SO cute, right?!

Well, for not being the actual “cook” in our kitchen over the holidays, I’d say this board would impress even the toughest of critics….I’m looking at you, Kyle! (And I know a handful of yall might have a mother-in-law that would get wowed by this, too!) Nonetheless, I hope this can be helpful for you if you are looking to tackle a charcuterie board this holiday season! Because ultimately I know we are all busy this season, and I’m here (with the help of Walmart!) to find simple ways to make your Christmas a little more chic, while saving a little bit of cash!

*Thank you Walmart for encouraging your shoppers to find ways to spend less time planning, stressing, & shopping and more time with our families this season….and for sponsoring this creative content!

  • Andrea

    Looks so yummy!

    • Veronica Trinidad

      Cheese boards are my love language!! This makes it looks so do able to make on your own.

    • Mallory Mundy

      Love these tips and have loved following your blog over the years! ❤️

    • Stacey Sawyers

      Charcuterie is my love language! Looks amazing!

    • Haley

      Yummy! Merry Christmas! 🎄

    • Rachael Lamont

      This is so awesome!! Love it.

      #kerrentlychristmas

    • Tamara

      Looks so good!

  • Jill Genereux

    Such a good gift idea for a Christmas party or host gift!

  • Beverly

    Excellent hostess gift!

  • Holly Aldredge

    Yum! That pickled okra though 🙌

    • Keridon

      Is it weird that of your thousands of helpful blogs this one is my fave?! I’d love a girls night eating all these things while drinking all the drinks and putting all the masks on our faces.

  • Vetty Garcia

    I’ve been wanting to one of these together. Thanks for posting! Merry Christmas!! 🌲❤🎅

  • Jodi Calabrese

    I’ll have to try and make one this year. Merry Christmas!

  • Jo Burg

    Such a great idea!! Happy Holidays

  • Erin

    Would love to do this!! Happy Holidays!!

  • Emily Podowicz

    Love a good charcuterie board on a budget!

  • Mandy Coleman

    Love! Looks amazing!

  • Jenna Mcpartland

    So delicious

    • Erin Hanley

      Love this tips! My sister and I were just trying to figure out some Christmas Day snacks. Totally using!

  • Taylor Ernst

    What a great gift idea! Especially this year.

  • Vania Walters

    Yum!! I love th Walmart signature mustards/sauces!

  • Angie Thomas

    You make it look beautiful and easy!!!

  • Daniél Mulherin

    Looks beautiful!

  • Victoria McKee

    Love this tutorial! I want to write on my board. So genius and cute! Thanks! ❤️🎄

  • Melissa Carter

    💚🍖🧀🍷

  • Morgan

    This looks amazing! Love the way you broke it down.

  • MQS

    Looks amazing & super profesh 🥰

  • Christine Elias

    Great tips!! Looks delicious!

  • Traci Steward

    Looks
    So
    Delicious!

  • Madelyn Barton

    Love how many variations you have with these boards!

  • Katie vronskiy

    How awesome. Love a cheese board

  • Christina

    ❤️ this

  • Bernadette Turino

    Yummy!

  • Alison Cowart

    Such a great idea! LOVE the road map!

  • Ceci

    Looks delicious!

  • Britt s

    Oh I need to make one so yummy

  • Maria

    This looks delicious!! Can’t wait to try it on Christmas!! #kerrentlychristmas

  • Erin Hanley

    Great tips! My sister and I were just talking about snacks for Christmas Day. Totally using this. Thanks!

  • Erin Clegg

    So easy!! Thanks for all the great tips!

  • Calixta Muro

    I LOVE that you labeled the board—helps SO much when I think of where to place everything

  • Sydney Ferren

    So yummy!! Great post ♥️

  • Kelly Flowers

    Looks so good!

  • Emily A

    I DIE for a yummy charcuterie board! They are so fun to put together and get creative! This is amazing!

  • Courtney Bickham

    Yum!!

  • Shelby Pearce

    Love this! I always struggle on how to do these

  • Claire

    Love charcuterie boards and yours looks amazi!

  • Colleen Bogner

    Love Charcuterie boards!!! Looking forward to making one for our Christmas Eve togetherness!

  • Sarah McDermont

    Looks amazing!! Perfect for every occasion and pairing with 🍷

  • Nadia A.

    This is literally the best guide ever for someone who has no idea where to even start!

  • Whitnie Bauer

    Charcuterie boards have gotten me through 2020 🤣

    • Norma Reini

      I LOVE charcuterie boards, yours looks fab!

    • Sarah bliss

      Haha me too!

  • Sarah Bliss

    The roadmap is such a great idea! Can’t wait to try!

  • Amy

    Love the board map idea!

  • BJ M

    This is perfect for the holidays and I love that it can all be found at Walmart! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Ronda

    Feeling inspired! Looks delicious!

  • Michelle Stevens

    Tam is making one of the christmas day!

  • Saltlife_inc

    That’s so smart

  • Wendy Hernandez

    Already got all the supplies for a charcuterie board

  • Carling Tanno

    I live for a delicious charcuterie board, but especially one that’s cost efficient! I just took a charcuterie class and it was the best thing ive ever done. It’s the best way to impress guests!

  • Tonaria Anthony

    Great blog post. I hope my wins your giveaway she really needs it. Happy holidays and much success!! #KERRentlyChristmad

  • Britt Segina

    If I could nominate everyone I know for a target gift card I would …. animal shelters included

  • April Horton

    This looks great. I will need to attempt this someday!

  • Cynthia

    Love 🖤🖤🖤…

  • Lori Spiegel

    Can’t wait to make mine!