Party Panache, Kid Friendly Charcuterie Buffet

My family was arriving at dinner time last Thursday for the holiday weekend,

which makes dinner itself tricky…

No one wants to sit down and eat right when they get here

The littles are excited and want to run around,

The adults want to unpack, get settled and have a cocktail

In the past I’ve made casseroles or something in the slow cooker that will hold,

but this time, after consulting with my head chef HHjr,

we decided to try something different

We took the concept of a Charcuterie Board

and expanded it to several boards,

with easy to prepare, simple, kid friendly food

Something for everyone to nosh on when they were ready

I chose things that would be good at room temperature and put the Tzatziki dip out at the last minute

If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, grab some of this delicious cucumber dip, I served it with cool cucumber slices and fried pita chips  {Piggly Wiggly}

Room temperature tortellini with pesto is a great party food

you can serve it in a bowl with tooth picks

Or make skewers like these

Pasta Lollipops

There were clusters of red and green grapes

and an old Southern favorite,

 Bacon Parmesan Bites

Pistachio nuts

And a board offering a hard cheddar {Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar}

Salami slices, a cheese ball,

deli smoked turkey slices and small round crackers

{Trader Joe’s 12 grain mini snack crackers}

There was also a mini crockpot of Chili Cheese Dip with Scoop chips

Pigs in a Blanket with Mustard Butter were ready to go into the oven as people arrived

There was something for everyone, fruit, vegetables, pasta, nuts, meat, cheese, hot, cold…

And sweet!

Easy Peasy Lemon Sunshine Cake for dessert

Keep this concept in mind for your future gatherings

This was easy on the host/hostess,

Everyone loved it,

Clean up was a breeze,

And we snacked on the leftovers all weekend…

Juicy Details

recipes for Bacon Crackers and Lemon Sunshine Cake will be posting soon

Pigs in a Blanket with Mustard Butter here

Easy Chili Cheese Dip here

Pesto Pasta Skewers aka Lollipop Trees here

I recommend these items from Trader Joe’s

Tzatziki Dip

12 Grain Mini Snack Crackers

Unexpected Cheddar

🥜 🥒 🍇 🧀 🍰

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25 Responses to “Party Panache, Kid Friendly Charcuterie Buffet”
  1. Jodi says:


  2. Perfect for noshing Jenna! I’ve been tickled by these and ~may~ even be working on one in an upcoming post for Barbie:@)

  3. Bonnie Morgan says:

    Looks so appetizing! I bet the kids loved it as well as the adults.
    Great idea!

  4. Kitty says:

    You always have the best, casual and friendly food ideas, Jenna! I’m sure that everyone found something to snack on and all were happy! I’m a big fan of TJ’s Unexpected Cheddar! I hope you’re having a great week. 😘

    • It really was so easy for me and a big hit with everyone, so I think this is the way we’ll go for every arrival day…Yes, I try to keep that cheese on hand at all times, thanks Kitty!

  5. Kari says:

    Perfect Jenna…and so easy to put together. What a wonderful treat for all tastes.
    Hugs, Kari

  6. Benita says:

    I love this! Food ready for when anyone or everyone is ready to eat! A little bit of everything…looks delicious!! Hugs!

  7. You have all of my favorites on that buffet, Jenna. I would pull up a chair to the table and inhale. Have a great week!

  8. I love a charcuterie board and your kid friendly ones are perfect for kids of all ages. You are my entertaining hero Jenna. If word gets out, you might have strangers appear at your door!

  9. This is perfect for a fun summer or holiday party.Charcuterie boards are terrific and lots of other tasties here, too!

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    You always have the best ideas!! ❤️ All looks easy and tasty!

  11. Mary says:

    I love grazing boards Jenna! So fun and easy to eat from and to put together too. I know your grands much love them too. ♥

  12. Miz Helen says:

    What a great party, I got some great ideas! Hope you are having a good week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  13. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

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