Snack Board 101: My Secret Tips for Building the Perfect Snack Board

Who doesn’t love a good snack board! I can’t think of a better way to present snacks than on a board beautifully placed together. 

I especially love making snack boards for my kids to munch on throughout the day. It’s a great way to encourage healthy snacking for your family.

There are so many different types of snacking foods that can go well together, you just have to pick a theme. 

In today's post, I am sharing my secret to coming up with perfectly palatable snack board combinations and how to set these boards up to ensure that they are not only aesthetically pleasing but also delicious! 

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What is a Snack Board?

From elegant to simple or even petite, a snack board is a versatile and aesthetically appealing way to serve a variety of your favorite snacks and appetizers.

It is honestly a perfect option for parties, gatherings, special events or even a chill night in with your family.

By arranging an assortment of delicious bites on a single board, you can create a stunning centerpiece that will awe & inspire. 

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    Arranging the Snack Board

    When it comes to arranging the snack board, this is the part where you either make it or break it, outside of getting together the right ingredients. 

    The most important thing I have found that helps me arrange a beautiful snack board is to take out all of my ingredients & have them out in front of me ready to pick & pull whatever I need. 

    This way I can rearrange ingredients if I don’t think the items are a good fit together. 

    When I pick & pull things from the fridge one at a time, I always forget something & the board just doesn’t look as full. Still tastes great, but if I’m planning on having guests over, I want to make sure everything is covered.  

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    How to arrange a snack board step by step

    • Start by preparing the fruits, snacks & cheeses. This way you can just set everything together & rearrange as needed. 
    • Pick your board, bowls & utensils 
    • Start with the larger items: Begin by placing the bowls on the board, then work the cheeses & crackers & other larger ingredients around 
    • Fill the gaps: Use smaller items like nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolates, olives, and pickles to fill in the empty spaces.
    • The finishing touch: You can garnish fresh herbs like basil, edible flowers or rosemary over the board for a lovely finishing touch. 

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    Simple breakfast fruit snack board 

    I love to make these super simple & easy fruit snack boards for my kids on Saturday mornings.

    It’s a good way to move through the fruit that’s in the house while also keeping the family full on healthy food choices. 

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    Simple afternoon healthy snack board for kids

    What does a snack board consist of?

    The secret to setting up the best snack board is to first start by picking a theme.

    The next thing you'll want to do is gather a diverse array of yummy ingredients and finger foods to fulfill that theme. 

    In terms of choosing the right ingredients, think of tasty combinations that go well together, like flavors, textures or even colors to make the board aesthetic and lovely. 

    For example, I love to make simple snack boards for our weekend breakfasts and fill them up with any of the fruits available in the house. The kids go crazy for these boards and it really does encourage them to eat healthy and fresh foods. 

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    What are some snack board ingredients?

    If we are considering the specific ingredients of a snack board, here is a list of the foods you will likely encounter or need to create a snack board. 

    • Assortment of cheeses 
    • Fresh fruits and dried fruits
    • Crackers, baguettes, and breadsticks
    • Nuts, olives and pickles 
    • Dips, jams, mustards and other spreads
    • Extras, such as edible flowers, and pretty garnishes 

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    Snack board food art 

    This probably isn’t what you were expecting to hear, but the truth is that when arranging snack boards, it’s like working art. Food art, that is.

    Sometimes you have to rearrange the ingredients, or cut the foods in different ways to achieve a desired result. 

    When setting up boards for events, it can take me over an hour to put it together in a way that I feel fit. Of course, when I am making snack boards for myself or to just go with a movie I don’t stress so much over the layout. But it’s still good practice to experiment and have fun making boards. 

    With each board I have made I have learned what my preference is and tips and techniques that have led me to make all sorts of improvements over time. 

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    Snack Board Theme Ideas:

    • Wine tasting snack board
    • Mediterranean snack board 
    • Dessert Snack board
    • Pick a color snack board 
    • Fruit snack board
    • Crudité snack board
    • Brunch board 
    • Birthday Board
    • Holiday snack board
    • Simple snack board for one
    • Elegant snack board
    • Dinner party snack board

    This is the fun part as the list can just go on and on till your heart's content

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    Christmas snack board with a red, white and green theme 

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    Sunday Brunch board for the family 


    • Mini pancakes
    • Croissants
    • Strawberries 
    • Blueberries
    • Veggie patties 
    • Hard-boiled  eggs from the neighbors local hens 
    • Blueberries 
    • Raspberries 
    • Syrup
    • Jam


    • You can really get as creative as you like. Once you get used to making these boards, you'll suddenly get hit with a flood of ideas for making all types of boards. 
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      Birthday Party Treats Snack Board

      Ingredients as listed: 

      • Mini cakes
      • Cookies
      • Oreos 
      • Daisy Cakes 
      • Strawberry mini cakes
      • Chocolates
      • Star shortbread cookies
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      Party snack board for party

      Ingredients as listed:

      • Fresh fruit
      • Olives
      • Cheese 
      • Nuts 
      • Crakers 
      • Pickled  hodgepodge 
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      Elegant minimalist snack board for wine tasting 


      • Blue cheese
      • Brie 
      • Honey-comb
      • Peach jam
      • Dried peach 
      • Olive pattay 
      • Nuts
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      Wine pairing snack board


      • Wine crackers 
      • Pickles
      • figs
      • Grapes
      • Kalamata olives
      • 3 Types of cheese 
      • Oranges 
      • Almond crackers
      • Strawberries 
      • Blueberries 
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      Afternoon kids snack board 


      • Almond flour crackers
      • Cheese 
      • Pretzels 
      • Blueberries 
      • Star Shaped Dragon Fruit
      • Hummus 
      • Tofurkey 
      • Organic cheese crackers 
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      Final Touches and Serving

      Before serving the snack board, make sure to add some final touches:

      • Crackers and Bread: Place the crackers and sliced bread around the board, ensuring they are easily accessible.
      • Serving Utensils: Provide small tongs or spoons for guests to serve themselves without touching the food directly.
      • Labeling: If there are any specific dietary considerations or unique ingredients, consider labeling them to assist guests. I usually only do this for larger parties where I wont be able to talk to everyone individually about the food being served 
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      Small gathering snack board

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      Rustic snack board for one

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      Birthday party snack board 

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      Valentine’s day snack board 

      I have a lot of fun putting together snack boards for my friends, family, special occasions and events. It's a fun way to just snack and sometimes instead of a dinner we will just make a snack board to munch on. It's also a great way to express yourself creatively through food. 

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