Your dad is one of a kind. One of the best ways to show your dad your appreciation for everything he’s done for you is to make him a custom Father’s Day charcuterie board.
What is a Father’s Day charcuterie board?
It’s a food board (not always technically a charcuterie board) that is centered around the theme of Father’s Day. It’s a fun way to include your dad’s favorite appetizers and snacks on one plate.
What goes on a Father’s Day charcuterie board?
When making a charcuterie board for Father’s Day, the most important thing is that you customize it to your dad. Don’t feel forced to make a generic “meat and potatoes” board if that’s not what your father would like. Make your charcuterie board specific to your dad. (Maybe add some extra crackers for those cheesy dad jokes.)
These can be completely customized with whatever your dad likes best.
- sliced meats: pepperoni, pastrami, ham, bacon, turkey, prosciutto, sausage or meat substitutes
- artisanal cheeses: cheddar, swiss, brie, gruyère, harvarti, manchego, or goat cheese
- bread & crackers: French baguette, sourdough, Hawaiian rolls, pretzel rolls, or breadsticks
- veggies and herbs: carrots, pickles, olives, basil, or rosemary
- nuts & seeds: peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, ro pomegranate seeds
- dips & spreads: onion dip, ranch dressing, or paté
If your dad enjoys his sweets and would prefer a sweet “charcuterie” board instead, here are some suggestions.
- candies: chocolates, fun-size candy bars, jelly beans, or gummy candies
- baked goods: bite-sized cupcakes, cookies, or cinnamon rolls
- fruits: apple slices, red grapes, green grapes, black grapes or dried apricots
- jams & jellies: strawberry jam, grape jelly, apricot preserves or marmalade
Beyond the food itself, you can add an extra pop of festiveness by adding additional Father’s Day decorations to frame the charcuterie board. Father’s Day has been generalized to cater to dads who like ties, tools and golf. While this accurately represents the interests of many dads, it definitely doesn’t represent all dads. If your dad is a bit unconventional or has other major interests and hobbies (like gardening, gaming, art, music, movies, etc.), you can represent them on your food board.
colors, patterns and textures
Like Mother’s Day, there are no designated colors that represent Father’s Day. It really depends on what colors your dad likes most. If you have no idea, you can check these color palettes for some inspiration. Feel free to change up the colors to whatever you think he would like best.
- black – represents classiness and luxury
- blue – represents intelligence, calmness and responsibility
- green – represents nature, luck and tranquility
- pink – represents love, kindness and playfulness
- red – represents love, energy and courage
- yellow – represents optimism, energy and joy
- white – represents purity, cleanliness and simplicity
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Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.