These tips on designing a fall charcuterie board come from Tiffany at Easyylivin. Royal Riviera Pears steal the show, complemented by charcuterie, cheese, crackers, and a touch of sweetness thanks to chocolate truffles.

We’re in the midst of pear season, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate harvest season than with a pear-themed charcuterie board with all the fall fixings?

Snack boards are the perfect way not just to beautifully combine all of your favorite goodies, but to share them with your family and friends too. There really is no better way to snack, especially when you have a bounty of seasonal, swoon-worthy snacks.

How to Create a Fall Charcuterie Board

There are a few key elements you’ll want to pay attention to when making your charcuterie board. You should start with the item you’d like to feature and then work around that. With it being the heart of pear season, I just had to make Harry & David’s Royal Riviera Pears the star of the show!

Part of a pear’s charm is its shape, but I also wanted my guests to be able to snack on it easily. To marry form with function, I used a mandolin to slice the pear for people to grab easily. I then re-stacked the slices to celebrate the pear’s shape.

Second to the pears, great cheese is always essential. I arranged a variety of cheeses across the board to set up a basic structure. Next, adding jams and spreads can really elevate your presentation. I added honey hot mustard (which pairs well with salami and baguette crisps) as well as an orange and fennel marmalade (the perfect complement to the pears).

Now you can get really creative with the last part, filling in the smaller spaces with your favorite accouterments such as a dried fruit mix, olives, and of course a little something sweet (like chocolate!). Lastly, adding an edible garnish such as rosemary or flowering basil creates a truly finished look for your board. All that’s left to do is to mix up your favorite cocktail, invite over a couple close friends, and toast to the season!

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Tiffany is a a California-based food stylist and content creator. She loves to share tips and tricks to help people elevate the way they entertain.

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