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Charcuterie.  Cheese.  Meat.  Crackers.  Bread.  Chocolate.

If you're new this week to Saturday Spark, hello & welcome! I'm so happy you decided to stop by for a bit. Seven weeks ago I shared a little bit about the idea behind Saturday Spark and a little bit about me. My intent is for this to become a community of like-minded women sharing their ideas centered around home decor, DIY projects, household tips, and tricks, and entertaining. I took last week away from my blog for a little me time, but I'm back at it this week.


If you're here for round seven I'm humbled you came back and for your continued support!

This week has been a bit of a blur and I am quite exhausted but no rest for me. Tomorrow we have a joint birthday party for our daughter and her friend down at the beach with 20+ teenagers. I don't know how in the world I get roped into these things. I am however looking at the positive side of this. We are doing this in conjunction with another family {more eyes on those teens 😂} there will be very little for me to do, the weather is supposed to be great and we'll be at the beach.


If you've followed me for any length of time or you know me, you know that I tend to go overboard and can overcomplicate gatherings but this one I'm not overcomplicating...I had four flats of water bottles, three boxes of chips, and some cookies delivered from Costco this morning and everything else we have. I'll let the Pacific Ocean and the beach be the backdrop, it's all the decor we need, right?



Speaking of overcomplicating things, in my post last Friday, I mentioned Skott had invited some colleagues over on Saturday. I used it as an opportunity to try something I've been wanting to do for a while now and used it as an opportunity to do so. The Easter spread I shared last Friday, was a good lead-up to the full island charcuterie display we had last Saturday.


I'm a huge fan of charcuterie boards when we have company over and they tend to be my go-to, especially an easy charcuterie board. This one, though, took a little more work. About an hour of actual time putting it together.


Here's what I used:

  • Brown paper

  • Painters tape

  • Cheese knives

  • Variety of cheeses {hard, soft, and spreads}

  • Chocolate

  • Variety of bread

  • Variety of crackers

  • Jams

  • Honey

  • Mustard

  • Pretzels

  • Variety of fruit {berries, grapes, citrus, kiwis}

  • Nuts {natural, spicy and honey roasted}

  • Selection of meats

  • Vegetables

  • Olives

  • Macaroons

  • Selection of cookies

Let's Get Started!


First I cleaned the island with my go-to Mrs. Meyers All Surface Cleaner,in one of my favorite scents, Peony!









Rolled out brown paper, we picked up from The Home Depot. Allowing enough to hang off the side of the island and attempted to do some fun lettering that could be seen when entering the kitchen to add an extra little touch.







Covered and secured the brown paper to the island with frog tape by folding the paper under the countertop and securing it every eight inches.



I gathered a variety of serving pieces and arranged them on the island. I laid out my sweese bowls {now a go-to serving item they are the perfect size for nuts, berries, and chocolates}, a few serving boards, cloche, and raised platters to add some height and dimension to the spread. I also put together a quick floral arrangement with one of my favorite flowers to use as an anchor for the display, it also hid the sink and faucet. The limes in the vase added a lovely touch and played off the fruit in the display and it added little extra camouflage of the sink.



Once all that was done the fun began! I started by laying the bread. I purchased a couple loaves of french bread and baguettes from Costco. I sliced all the way through one of each to break up and spread around the display and then slightly cut through the other two so they could be fanned out and pulled apart.


I then moved on to the cheese that I purchased from Costco and Ralph's grocery store. Costco is always my first stop when I'm picking up cheese, especially when it's for a larger group of people. You get so much more for your money and if you don't use it all you can vacuum seal and freeze what you don't use with your FoodSaver. I cut some of the cheese, crumbled some of it, and sliced some into wedges.


Filled in some of the gaps with a variety of meats to included salami, prosciutto, jamon. I also used strawberries, grapes, quartered grapefruits, and halved kiwis to fill in any voids added a variety of crackers, again, Costco is the best place for variety and quantity. Filled the sweese bowls with blueberries and raspberries, nuts, party mix, and olives.



All that was left was a tiered tray full of cookies, macaroons, and strawberries Oh, and of course, popping a bottle {or two} of bubbly!

I had it all done within an hour and pulled the baked brie out of the oven just as the first guest arrived. Though it took some time to put it all together is was so worth it and it was pretty much my easy peasy charcuterie board on steroids. If you're wondering what kind of cheeses and meats to use check out my Easy Peasy Charcuterie blog post where I share the different categories to choose from when putting together your own board.


Here I am pulling it all together!





Sharing some fun inspo from last week's Saturday Spark Party



Cottage On Bunker Hill


Jennifer got me with this one and helped inspire me with my upcoming porch refresh challenge with some of my IG friends. Jennifer shared Vintage Spring Porch Decorating Ideas and how she incorporated thrifty and vintage finds to make a lovely and welcoming entry. Jennifer has many other great ideas on her blog Cottage On Bunker Hill.





Heritage HomeEc


Amy strikes again! I just had to share this post because I'm a huge fan of having a stocked cleaning caddy or two and since I haven't shared my tips and tricks I certainly had to share hers. You can find all the secrets here in her post The Secret of a Well-Stocked Cleaning Caddy.




Homemade On A Week Night


I haven't had an opportunity to share any recipes on Saturday Spark but today that all changes. This one has been added to my recipe files!


Estelle shared on last week's party mayo-free balsamic coleslaw this is the perfect dish for the warmer weather and looks so delicious. Check out this recipe and more on Homemade On A Week Night






Time to share again. Let's party, party people. What do you want to share with us home makin', DIY lovin' friends?




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