If you’ve been following Katrina & Co for a while, you know I love a good charcuterie fruit board and I am all about southern hospitality. Char·cu·te·rie is a no-fuss item to serve on a busy day or when you’re throwing together a last minute party. And, with summer (and not to mention hot temperatures) in full swing, we’re reaching for our favorite fresh fruit board recipe. Since moving to the coast I am even more ready for fresh fruit.

Picking the Right Fruit for your Fruit Board

Picking for a fruit board starts with personal preference. If you’re aiming for a more seasonal board, stop by your local farmer's market to see what the farmer’s have recently picked. This time of year, our local market is bursting at the seams with the juiciest peaches, plump blackberries, mouthwatering watermelon, and crisp apples. We let the seasonal fruit that was available act as the base (and the star) of the fruit board, and worked in other delicious fruits and foods alongside of it to really round out the flavors.

Of course you don’t have to take a summer approach try a fall fruit board by using richly colored plums, nectarines, cherries, and apricots. Or even a tropical fruit board featuring pineapples, mangos, guava, kiwi, and bananas would be fun and exotic.

That’s one of the best parts of creating a charcuterie board, isn’t it? The options are limitless and the results will always look so beautiful. It's really a crowd pleaser!

Choosing How to Display Your Fruit

The fruit that you choose will dictate to some degree how you display your fruit board. For example, if your board contains a lot of little fruits like blueberries, blackberries, and grapes, you’ll want to opt for a vessel that’s large enough to accommodate little bowls.

Or, if your fruit selection features larger fruits like pineapple rings, mango slices, and whole bananas, you want a board that is sturdy enough to make carrying it to the table effortless.

From there, you’ll want to choose little bowls, dippers, and spreaders that create an eclectic, but cohesive, look on the fruit board. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures and materials.

Below are some favorites boards from our shoppe.

 

fruit board with honey and yogurt

Everything you need for this fruit board you can get at your local grocery store.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. First, make the watermelon stacks. Slice up your watermelon (or you can buy it pre-sliced). Stack a mint leaf on top of a watermelon slice, and then top with a cube of salty feta. Spear a toothpick right through the middle of all three for an easy, one-bite addition to your fruit board. We love to drizzle a balsamic glaze over the watermelon skewers to give it a rich, savory flavor to balance out the sweet and salty.

  2. Next, time to assemble,

How to Assemble your Fruit Board

The key is to layer, layer, layer! Once you have the watermelon on your board, add some large stalks of parsley to give the board some color and texture. Next, add some grapes to the middle of the board and add alongside it a bowl of yogurt. You can also add a little bit of a cream cheese dip and a blueberry jam.

Next, you will want to add some apricots and layer those throughout the fruit board. Next comes the pears, pineapple, and strawberries. We like to leave strawberries whole, with the stems still on. Remember, nothing has to be perfect with a fruit board—the imperfection makes it better! Anything too pristine and your guests will feel shy tearing into it!

Go crazy with the fruit you add to your fruit board. The more color the better. The more dimension the better.

LAYER IT ON!

Next in the fruit board assembly comes the sweet and salty mixture. Grab some peanuts and pour them onto the board. The final addition will be a hit for anyone with a sweet tooth—chocolate covered pretzels! Layer those on the board for an extra yummy layer. Birthday cake flavored popcorn is also a great pair with the chocolate covered pretzels.

Once you have added all these goodies, take one last final look and see if there are any small additions that you can make to your board! This could be adding small pieces of watermelon without the feta cheese on top or any other extra pieces of fruit you want to have!

Visit our official Katrina & Co. Shoppe  for the right kitchenware for your next show-stopping board or entertaining needs!

 

Summer fruit board

 

summer fruit board made with fresh fruit

summer fruit on a board

 

round tray of fresh fruit

Now that you have mastered the fruit board it's time to level up your dinner time! I've made this special board Taco Tuesday Board just for you.

TACO TUESDAY BOARD

Watch the YouTube How To Video below

 

 

 

 

Summer is in full swing and I want to show you how to set the perfect summer table. My family just moved from Virginia to North Carolina and are ready to get connected and start entertaining. We moved into a small rental cottage but that isn't going to stop me from setting a beautiful summer table. If I'm being honest though, I am more excited about opening our interior design studio in downtown Wilmington. More details to follow next week but we will be open to the public! Most importantly everything I share about design and decor will be featured inside the studio AND I will be there to chat with you in person and show you how set your table, etc. I am beyond thrilled!

OKAY, that was a serious squirrel moment but ya'll, I was put on this earth to inspire you and the fact that I get to do this everyday is like.. AMAZING! Ok, know let's get back to

Setting the perfect summer table

For me, it's all about the neutral tones. It's easy to add a pop of color with beautiful fresh flowers, veggies from the garden, and fruit. The seasons change but who wants to go buy new dishes every season? Not me and I own a home decor shop! My philosophy with both home decorating and setting the perfect table is adding layers. I've been collecting white dishes for years, and have never grown tired of displaying or using them.

Recently, my love for stoneware dishes and vases has grown exponentially. So I created an entire collection around them. Although it's part of  the Katrina & Co. Summer 2022 Collection I will definitely be using them throughout the fall and winter months. Can you imagine some garland and candles weaved through a center tablescape for Christmas?! Yes PLEASE!

I've put all the deets below so you can have the perfect summer table (or any season for that matter)

Layer 1

  1. Start with neutral dinnerware (that is dishwasher safe of course)  Here are more neutral options for you
  2. Add a table runner ( table runners are controversial but I LOVE THEM!) if you don't skip #2
  3. Layers your linens either linen color or white works great
  4. Bring that together with a gold napkin ring or if you have a fave use that.

 

 

linen napkin with gold napkin holder and white ribbed plate for the perfect summer table setting

 

 

linen napkin with gold napkin holder and white ribbed plate and bowl for the perfect summer table setting

 

 Layer 2

  1. Add your focal point AKA: centerpiece
  2. Add your serving boards and any platters
  3. Add height, Cake plates and pedestals are great for visual interest

 

white stoneware pedestal displayed assorted fruit with wood spoon and mini white salt and pepper shakers sitting on wood serving board for the perfect summer table setting

 

 

white stoneware pedestal displayed assorted fruit with wood spoon and wicker basket sitting on wood serving board for the perfect summer table setting

 

 

white stoneware pedestal displayed assorted fruit with wood spoon and mini white salt and pepper shakers sitting on wood serving board for the perfect summer table setting

 

 

birds eye view of wood serving board with acacia wood salt and pepper grinders and assorted carrots sitting on top with white ribbed plates and bowl as table setting on top of black and white table runner

Layer 3

  1. Add your food to the platters and pedestals, fresh fruit is perfect for your summer table
  2. Add garnish to the table and boards. Summer tables are perfect for shopping the fresh aisle of your local grocery store. I add assorted carrots to my table all summer long. It just elevates the style of the table and your guests feel special.
  3. Add your serving utensils and mini salt and pepper shakers or fresh salt and pepper grinders for an extra touch.

 

white stoneware pedestal displayed assorted fruit with wood spoon and wicker basket sitting on wood serving board and white ribbed dishware as a place setting

 

 

wood serving board with acacia wood salt and pepper grinders and assorted carrots with white ribbed plates and bowl.

 

I assure you that following my guidelines for setting the perfect summer table will have you and your guests lingering a little longer. Doesn't food always tastes better when the atmosphere is right?

Now that you know how to set the perfect summer table it's time to serve the perfect summer charcuterie board. Read my blog post here below:

A Fresh Fruit Board for Summer

 

 

Watch my summer charcuterie YouTube video:

 

Today we're doing a different take on our charcuterie board series—a taco board! Tacos are always on the meal-plan rotation in Katrina’s household. They’re kid-friendly, customizable, and who doesn’t love tacos?

Our taco board is essentially a deconstructed taco, or a condensed taco bar, however you choose to look at it. It’s a fun and festive way to serve your family, and feels elevated enough to serve when guests pop-in last minute around dinner time.

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The Best Ingredients for a Taco Board

The best thing about charcuterie boards is that the ingredients are entirely up to you! With an ordinary dish or recipe, you’re bound by a specific ingredient list and have to be a bit more careful about what foods and flavors go well together. With a taco board, your guests are in control of the flavor, so you can give them as many traditional and unique options as you’d like!

Of course, there are a few basics that every taco board should have, such as:

These different options will allow you guests to construct a more traditional-style taco, an easier hand-held taco, or even a taco salad.

From there, the possibilities are nearly endless. Some of our favorite taco board ingredients are:

But the ingredients don’t have to stop there! Do you have a friend who puts hot sauce on everything? Serve up a little bowl of the spicy stuff. Have some pickled red onions in the fridge? They’d be delicious as a taco topping! Feel free to get as creative as you’d like, and use what you have on hand.

The Best Way to Serve a Taco Board

It’s so fun to get creative with plating and serving a charcuterie board, and a taco board is no different! Start with the board of your choice—go as big or as small as your ingredients require, or even split them into two boards if you’re serving a larger crowd.

Next, you’ll want to find the right mix of bowls, dishes, and serving utensils to make it easy for guests to pick their favorite ingredients to assemble their meal. Here are a few of our favorites:

To begin assembling your taco board, lay out all of your ingredients, boards, bowls, and serving items on the counter in front of you so you can get a feel for everything’s size, shape, and height. The key to a beautiful board is layering and taking advantage of the variations in height, so it’s helpful to take inventory of everything you’ll be assembling before you begin.

For our board, we filled small dishes with our favorite salsa and guacamole, and used the chip dish for the tortilla chips. To save space, we nestled the salsa bowl into the middle of the tortilla chips—this not only created different height structures, but it allowed guests to quickly grab a chip and dip as they were passing by.

“Limes are your best friend in a taco board, because lime is always a good garnishment. If you are using store bought salsa or guac, a fresh squeeze of lime will give it a nice, fresh taste.”— Katrina
You can take your taco shells and lay them out on the board. The key is to be very casual and have everybody just grab their own. Next, add your proteins to different bowls with a spoon set inside of the bowl for easy transfer.As a final garnish, take more of your cilantro and limes and just lay them around. Sprinkle the cheese throughout the board in a way that makes it easy to grab. Feel free to move things around until you get the look you want—like we said, there are no rules, and that’s the fun of it!You can take your taco shells and lay them out on the board. The key is to be very casual and have everybody just grab their own. Next, add your proteins to different bowls with a spoon set inside of the bowl for easy transfer

As a final garnish, take more of your cilantro and limes and just lay them around. Sprinkle the cheese throughout the board in a way that makes it easy to grab. Feel free to move things around until you get the look you want—like we said, there are no rules, and that’s the fun of it!

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Taco boards are such a fun way to display your food and they make for such an easy meal. This is perfect for a weeknight dinner that the kids can enjoy AND it tastes good! Just add the finishing garnishes and you are good to go.If you are having a hard time planning meals, we have the cutest schedules for grocery lists and ones specific to charcuterie boards, too.

Welcome spring with warmer weather, flowers, and fresh food. Here is an easy healthy gluten free charcuterie/ cheese board recipe to whip up quickly on a nice spring day for the family or your friends.

healthy gluten free charcuterie/ cheese board

healthy gluten free charcuterie/ cheese board

Here is what you will need:

-Smoked Gruyere

-Aged White Cheddar

-Gouda, Capicola

-Peppered Salami

-Fresh Berries

-Roasted Red Pepper

-Artichoke Dip

-Mixed Olives

-Nuts

-Gluten Free Crackers.

fresh berries

fresh berries

healthy gluten free charcuterie/ cheese board

healthy gluten free charcuterie/ cheese board

Here are some helpful tips so you can have success making your own healthy gluten free charcuterie/ cheese board.

5 Tips for Making a Healthier Gluten free charcuterie/ cheese board:

1. Choose cured meats made without nitrates or nitrites. Check the ingredients label!

2. Skip the fruity spreads (they're usually made with added or artificial sugars) and opt for fresh berries instead. Berries are low on the glycemic index, full of antioxidants, and keto, paleo, whole30, and GF friendly.

3. Choose either raw nuts or lightly salted nuts. Flavored and spiced nuts often contain refined sugar or peanut oil, so just be sure to check the ingredients label!

4. Include olives, pickles, and vegetable spreads like romesco, hummus, baba ganoush, or tapenade. They're full of extra veggies and pack a ton of flavor!

5. Opt for thin, crispy crackers instead of thick slices of toasted bread.

healthy gluten free charcuterie/ cheese board

healthy gluten free charcuterie/ cheese board

This recipe was created by the amazing Laura Miner. She is the recipe creator and food lover behind the blog www.cookathomemom.com You can visit her blog to find more yummy recipes here www.cookathomemom.com

 

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It's officially summer and I couldn't be more excited to entertain. I have set up this July 4th inspired table for you. We have decided to take a break from our renovations and just enjoy the relaxing evenings together. 

Today is the 4th of July, "Happy Birthday America"! This post is all about red, white, and blue but any color/ theme would work. Simply follow these practical tips and you will be an entertaining pro any time of the year!


July 4th inspired table

July 4th inspired table


Lobster bake, July 4th table

Lobster bake, July 4th table

Gather everything you have in that color scheme/theme together. You can eliminate what you don't use. You need varying heights. I love using a cake stand for that.

Simply put your silverware and cracking devices if you are serving shellfish into a bucket. Galvanized would work great too! Flowers or branches are also necessary. Try to find them for free! I brake for beautiful branches! 🙂


July 4th red, white, and blue table decorations

July 4th red, white, and blue table decorations


Lobster bake red, white, and blue

Lobster bake red, white, and blue


Red and white July 4th table decorations

Red and white July 4th table decorations

I snagged these melamine glasses on sale and they will last for years. When you shop throughout the year, purchase clear glasses and white dishes. They will always stand the test of time.

Red and white paper straws add a fun flair. I use these at every party we host. They can be purchased in all sorts of colors to coordinate with your decor.


Patriotic table for July 4th

Patriotic table for July 4th

We totally moved our dining table and chairs to the front porch for this gathering. Why not? It solved a problem without spending any money. I love breaking rules, especially when it's free!


Front porch July 4th table decorations

Front porch July 4th table decorations


lobster and clam bake summer entertaining

lobster and clam bake summer entertaining

Whether it's a BBQ, cookout, or fancy seafood gathering just throw down some craft paper and make a runner with newspaper! Another option is to use dish/tea towels for napkins. They are large (for the really messy guests) and can be thrown in the laundry when the party is over.

I hope you enjoyed this July 4th inspired table and don't forget to kiss the cook!


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Save it to Pinterest


Summer clam bake table

Summer clam bake table

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