If you have picky eaters in the house, how about a kid-friendly charcuterie board to changes things up? Check out 35+ different ideas for all kinds of grazing platters for children – appetizers, dinner, desserts, and holidays! These are sure to please even the most difficult eaters! Easy & delicious – and easy to customize!
The Headache of Mealtime with Picky Eaters
If you have a picky eater in your house, you KNOW first-hand what a headache mealtime can be. My son’s list of aversions grows daily, and it’s exhausting. And so is trying to keep everyone happy in the food department.
I’ve found that charcuterie boards can be a fairly easy and inventive solution to all this.
Charcuterie Boards for Kids: The Answer for Picky Eaters
Technically, a charcuterie board is one filled with cured meats, cheeses, and all kinds of picnic food you’d eat if you were out in field in the French countryside.
However, it has come to mean any kind of grazing platter or board – for any occasion.
You can make one for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
You can make one with appetizers or desserts. You can make grazing platter for brunch.
You can make holiday-themed boards… there really are endless possibilities.
What makes this so great for kids is that you’re giving them a choice. You may require them to take some carrot sticks along with the sweets, but it’s fun for them to have some options, especially when their lives are so dictated to them for parents and teachers.
This also is a fun and pretty easy way to change things up around snack or meal time.
How Do You Make a Kids’ Grazing Board?
Sometimes just a presentation that looks different can pique their interest in food. When it comes to kids, they have a pretty low bar for aesthetics, so you don’t need to go crazy with that. But adding a few things that make is look fun can help them want to eat.
Here are a few things to consider:
Color: Bright fruit and other food items with interesting colors appeal more to children
Decorations: Colorful bowls or napkins add to the fun of something out of the ordinary
Creative Shapes: If you really want to have fun, making the food into little animals or scenes can help entice picky eaters.
And if you want some specifics as far as food choice and how to a put together a family-friendly charcuterie board that everyone in the house will love, kids and adults included, this post has all of those step-by-step details for creating it. Lots of kid-specific food info in there.
I’ll highlight a few of those ideas here below.
What Do You Put on a Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board?
There are a few steps, and the type of food you choose will depend on the occasion.
1| First, decide on the type of board you want to create.
Will it be for a special holiday that has its own theme, such as Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day or the 4th of July?
Is it for a particular meal – a breakfast, lunch, or dinner board? Or is it a snack board?
Do you want it to be sweet or savory? A mix of both?
Do you want just healthy items or a mix of both?
The answers to those questions will determine a lot!
2| Include easy finger foods.
You don’t want to include things that require a lot of adult assistance. Be sure to cut pieces to bite-sized before you platter them. Avoid difficult steps in assembling a meal. You want this to be as much ‘self-serve’ as possible.
This post has a big list of individual appetizers, many of which are easy finger foods to include on a charcuterie board!
3| Assemble food in small groups for a variety of choices and colors.
The fun of a charcuterie board is party in how amazing it looks. This can all be achieved clustering food items in small groups and spreading out your different colors. In this post, I explain how to lay out a dessert dip board, which has the same principles you can apply here.
There are no real rules to this step – the more eclectic it looks, the more fun it is!
35+ Children’s Charcuterie Board Ideas
Today, I want to share 35 Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Boards Ideas.
There are options for snacks, for dinner, for appetizers, for desserts, special occasions and parties. The best part is that they are totally customizable to your kids’ tastes.
The first set, #1-22, are more filling-type meal food.
The next set, #23-29 are dessert ideas.
The last set, #30 – 37 in the round-up are holiday or season specific (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving), in case you are looking for some grazing board ideas for a holiday!
How great are these? I hope you found some that you loved or that you can adapt to suit your family! So many wonderful ideas for the pickiest in the house!
More Kid-Friendly Food Ideas – All Healthy Choices
If you need some healthy food choices for an after-school snack or dessert, check out some these recipes I’ve used for my picky eaters – which they loved! All of these are clean eating recipes! And if you love using sourdough discard, be sure to check out these 40+ sourdough discard recipes for kids!
The first 3 links would be perfect for a charcuterie board for children. The other 3 links are frozen recipes, so they are ideal for a snack or dessert. They definitely can be put on grazing platter for kids – they would just need to be eaten before they melt down!
Thoughts? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below!