Whether I spend a romantic evening with my boyfriend, hang out with my girls, or just chill at home all by myself for Valentine’s Day one thing is still guaranteed, I’m going to eat and have a cocktail! Haha! Y’all know by now that I LOVE to be the “hostess with the mostess” even if it’s just for me, myself, and I! So in honor of Valentine’s Day I made some slight tweaks to my normal charcuterie board and whipped together a special Valentine’s Day charcuterie and cocktail! These are both so easy to make and can be done in less than five minutes. So however you are celebrating, or not celebrating, I’m hoping you enjoy this Valentine’s Day charcuterie and cocktail as much as I do! ❤️
My tips for making the perfect charcuterie board will change slightly depending on the occasion. For Valentine’s Day I love to have pops of red on my board and have a mix of both healthy and sweet snacks! Here are my top tips for a Valentine’s charcuterie board:
Tip #1: Save money and use a cutting board or serving tray
If you’re tight on money don’t worry about using a fancy board for your display, your food is going to cover the majority of the board anyway! Even if you’re not completely impressed by your board nobody will really notice. However, if you are looking for a quality board for a decent price that will last for a long time here is the exact board I use! I love it!
Tip #2: Add color to make your board pop
This is one of my favorite tips for charcuterie boards but when it comes to a Valentine’s Day board I tend to stick to a specific color scheme. You can play with whatever colors you desire but I prefer pops of red with white and pink colored food to compliment the red and the Valentine’s Day theme. I’ll add a very small amount of brown as well by adding a tiny bit of chocolate. In my opinion chocolate gives off a romantic vibe. If you notice on my board every other single piece of food is either red, white, or pink. All the cheese I chose is white and I use the heart cupcakes to add a hint of pink.
Tip #3: Start with the largest items first
I always start with my largest sized items or bowls first as they will take up the majority of the room on my board. For this particular board I bought heart shaped bowls, again white to go with my color scheme, to add food into. They come six in a pack and you can find them here. I’ll add these bowls and the brie cheese to my board first since they take up the majority of the space and then I’ll follow that with my bread and meats. Finally, I’ll sprinkle the smaller sized items around my board.
Tip #4: Have a variety
For an everyday charcuterie board I would normally tell you to have a variety of cheeses and meats. However, for a Valentine’s Day charcuterie I like to have a variety of healthier foods such as fruit and cheeses mixed in with sweets such as the candy and heart cupcakes. For a Valentine’s Day board I prefer to mix it up and leave some pieces their normal shape and cut other pieces, like the cheese, into heart shaped slices. To do this I just use different sized heart shaped cookie cutters, here is the exact set I use.
Tip #5: Top it off with a cocktail
I’ll usually pair a nice wine with my everyday charcuterie but for this particular board I thought it would be fun to pair it with a Valentine’s Day inspired cocktail. Again, I kept the drink light and in tune with the color scheme and heart shapes on the board. Below is the recipe for my Strawberry Mimosas!
These Strawberry Mimosas are soooo easy to make and pair perfectly with a Valentine’s Day charcuterie board. They are super light and can be made in batches as well! The recipe below serves 2 but you can definitely double the recipe or adjust as needed!
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup champagne, chilled
- Strawberries to garnish
- In a blender add strawberries, sugar, and champagne and blend until fully combined
- Pour champagne mixture into a glass and top off with more champagne if needed
- Use small cookie cutter to cut strawberries into heart shapes and garnish each glass with one slice
Simple, easy, and delicious! Hope you all enjoy this Valentine’s Day charcuterie and cocktail! Let me know if you try it out and what you all think! Hope you all have a great day! ❤️