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Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion


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Make mealtimes, special occasions, and holidays extra memorable with these 50 delicious, inspiring, family-friendly, and easy-to-recreate snack boards.

Visually exciting and deliciously enticing, these snack boards by Maegan Brown (aka The BakerMama) move beyond (and include) classic cheese and charcuterie and are comprised of easy-to-find fresh and prepared foods, arranged in beautiful, artful, and whimsical ways (think pastel-colored candy and dipped pretzels shaped into an egg for celebrating Easter and a fruit-and-veggie rainbow with cracker clouds to brighten any day).

The variety of foods on each board will delight everyone, and the stunning presentation will encourage kids to try foods they might normally refuse. Plus, you can make the boards ahead of time, so you can actually sit down and spend time with your loved ones. In this book, you will find boards for anytime family meals and snacks, seasons and holidays, breakfast and brunch, desserts, and entertaining and special occasions.

Impress your family and friends with artful masterpieces, including:

  • Bagel Board
  • Winter Wonderland Board
  • Football Board
  • Valentine’s Day Board
  • Mardi Gras Board
  • St. Patrick’s Day Board
  • Grilled Cheese Board
  • Decorate-Your-Own Cupcake Board
  • Dim Sum Board

Along with The BakerMama's tips to get you into the board mind-set, every board is accompanied by a gorgeous, large photo and step-by-step instructions to make each one easy to recreate. Beautiful Boards is an entertaining game changer that will have you spending less time in the kitchen and more time having fun.



From the Publisher

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AMERICAN FLAG BOARDAMERICAN FLAG BOARD

TIPS FOR A CLASSIC CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE BOARD

I recommend 3 or 4 types of meat for a smaller crowd and 4 or 5 types for a larger crowd. If the board is an appetizer, estimate 2 to 3 ounces (56 to 84 g) of meat per person.

recommend 3 or 4 types of cheese for a smaller crowd and 4 or 5 types for a larger crowd. If the board is an appetizer, estimate 1 ounce (28 g) of each cheese per person.

There are many flavors and textures you can include on a good charcuterie and cheese board. For the meats, choose from a selection of smoked, dry-cured, firm, and soft.

Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion

Just a few simple steps will give you the confidence you need to build crowd-pleasing boards:

The goal is to be able to prep the board in advance so that you can also enjoy the experience with your loved ones and have little maintenance to do throughout and minimal dishes to clean up afterward. Making a successful board does require some thought, but once you understand the concept, it will come to you as a meal and entertaining option over and over again.

GATHER YOUR BOARD AND INGREDIENTS. A well-stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer make building boards a breeze.

ASSEMBLE THE INGREDIENTS ON YOUR BOARD. Place any serving bowls on the board first, followed by the rest of the goodies, from largest to smallest.

LOAD IT UP! A bountiful board is beautiful and inviting, so feel free to pile it up and fill in all the nooks and crannies with goodies that are sure to be enjoyed.

OPEN YOUR HOME TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. You want to share your beautiful and delicious board creations, of course.

RELAX. You did all the work in advance, so you can be present with your loved ones while they enjoy your amazing creation instead of in the kitchen prepping more food.

ENJOY THE DELICIOUSNESS AND THE TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.

Make mealtimes, special occasions, and holidays extra memorable with these 50 delicious, inspiring, family-friendly, and easy-to-recreate snack boards

AFTER SCHOOL

AFTER SCHOOL

gathering of friends and family is a special occasion, a reason celebrate occasions special spread

gathering of friends and family is a special occasion, a reason celebrate occasions special spread

Thanksgiving board

Thanksgiving board

ANYTIME BOARDS

You can make any occasion go from good to great with a beautiful and delicious food board. All of these anytime boards have a wonderful variety of goodies to make everyone happy. They are easy and quick to build, making them perfect for any gathering, big or small. My family knows that if I don’t have the time or the ingredients to cook a meal, there’s going to be a great board built with what we have on hand. So, go ahead and invite the neighbors over for a dinner of snacks on Sunday night, or put the kids to bed early so you can enjoy some peace and quiet with your partner—a beautiful board can be built at a moment’s notice.

ENTERTAINING AND SPECIAL OCCASION BOARDS

I strongly believe that any gathering of friends and family is a special occasion, a reason to celebrate. And special occasions call for special spreads. These are the boards that are sure to wow your crowd with their beauty and deliciousness. They’re inviting and celebratory. Whether it’s a birthday, the big game, an engagement, or just a special Saturday night dinner with great friends, these stunning boards will keep everyone happily grazing for hours.

SEASONAL AND HOLIDAY BOARDS

No decorations are needed with these creatively designed holiday boards, as they are masterpieces in themselves. Everyone will rave over how festive and delicious they are. They are almost too beautiful or too cute to eat . . . ALMOST! With coordinating colors and seasonal snacks coming together in very thoughtful arrangements, these boards are a great way to get into the spirit of any holiday season.

Impress your family and friends with artful masterpieces, including:

BAGEL BOARD

BAGEL BOARD

entertaining because they initiate conversation and inspire creativity, making mealtime

entertaining because they initiate conversation and inspire creativity, making mealtime

D E CO R AT E - YO U R-OWN CUPCAKE

D E CO R AT E - YO U R-OWN CUPCAKE

BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH BOARDS

From bagels to booze, I’m here to help you make the most important meal of the day the best meal of the day. These epic breakfast and brunch boards will get everyone up and at ’em, whether they’re a morning person or not. These boards are built to bring everyone together and let them get creative with their meal or cocktail. Seeing the eagerness in everyone’s eyes as they dig into these boards is what it’s all about. This is a great way to start or end the day, especially if you’re big on “brinner” (breakfast for dinner) like we are.

MEAL BOARDS

These are our meals—our go-to dinners and weekend lunches. When I prepare a meal, more times than not, I will serve it on a board. We’ve had great success eating as a family this way. Our kids are engaged in the meal and actually eat the food. Everyone gets so excited about what’s on the board, and we all take such pride in preparing our own plates. It’s astonishing how much better the kids eat when the meal is presented on a board compared to when I pre-plate the same exact same food for them. These boards are also great for entertaining because they initiate conversation and inspire creativity, making mealtime memorable.

DESSERT BOARDS

Dessert boards are the way to go when treating a crowd to something sweet. These spectacularly sweet boards can be mostly prepped in advance, making it easy to quickly serve dessert when you’re ready. They are the perfect ending to any dinner party or the main event at a special celebration. Most of these boards are build-your-own—an experience to remember. We can all agree that building our own s’mores or ice cream sundaes is pretty special!

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