• A variety of meats: Salami, Prosciutto, Ham
  • Soft Cheeses: Brie, Mozzarella Pearls, Gorgonzola
  • Hard Cheeses: Sharp Cheddar, Asiago or Parmesan
  • Different Breads: Crackers, Baguette Slices, Crunchy Breadsticks
  • Fresh Fruit: Sliced Apples and Grapes
  • Nuts: Candied Almonds, Pistachios, Cashews
  • Other: Olives and Dipping Sauces like Pesto
  • Optional: Fresh Herbs


  1. Start with small bowls to use as anchors and fill with dips, olives, nuts, etc.
  2. Cut your cheeses into different shapes: Squares, wedges, triangles, and crumbles.
  3. Arrange the meats in different ways: Rolled, sliced, fanned, etc.
  4. Include different breads on the tray, then add in the fruit.
  5. Fill in the gaps with nuts and add in fresh herbs for color and aroma like rosemary.