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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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 orange- and black-colored snacks arranged into a smiling jack-o’-lantern shape for celebrating Halloween 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:
Maegan Brown is the author of the best-selling Beautiful Boards and its next-level follow-up, Spectacular Spreads. She started blogging in 2012 and has over 700 original recipes on her The BakerMama blog. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. She has partnered with a number of brands, including Sur La Table, Gold Medal Flour, Tillamook, Sub-Zero, Hershey’s, and Kroger, and her recipes have been featured by Cooking Light, Taste of Home, feedfeed, Williams Sonoma, and Better Homes & Gardens.
Maegan is a mother of four children, Baker, Bryce, Barrett, and Brookie, and is married to her best friend and fellow foodie, Brandon. The kitchen is the heart of their home and they love welcoming others into it. You can follow her at her blog, thebakermama.com, or on Instagram, @thebakermama.