DIY Amazing & Affordable Christmas Platters – Savoury & Desserts!

Hello, gorgeous people, it is so good to see you all again! Today, we’re going to be talking about two of our favourite things: Christmas and food. Namely, how to make the most lavish (but affordable!) Christmas platters to get you in the holiday spirit!

I feel like I haven’t uploaded in a hot sec, but that’s due to everything being . . . unfinished. I have so many half-baked crafts and projects that are waiting on supplies to arrive, or finishing touches to be added. Just look at that mini-gallery wall in the background of that featured image. I’m waiting on a few prints to finish it up and then I cannot wait to share it with you!

What I’m basically saying is give the Australian postal system a few weeks to catch up to my ideas and we’ll get back on track!

In the meantime, I wanted to share a really fun post with you all. So: the inspiration. Whilst in Melbourne’s six month lockdown, my boyfriend and I discovered our deep, unending love for platters. Red wine and cheese. Fruit and meat. Cake and assorted desserts.

For birthdays, Sunday night dates, a day we just wanted to pretend being inside was fancier than it was . . . literally any excuse for a platter. And for good reason! They’re easy and affordable, but they feel special. And in the year of 2020, you’ve really got to take what you can get.

So whether you’re having Christmas in lockdown or you’re lucky enough to be hosting a party, let me show you how to put on a kick-ass Christmas platter!

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IDEAS FOR WHAT TO PUT ON A SAVOURY PLATTER

For me, a good platter is all about the design. Eating with your eyes, as the foodies say. Naturally, it’s up to you and your tastes/dietary requirements what you pick . . . but here are some of my favourite things:

FOR A SMALL SNACK BOARD:

  • Cured meats
  • Cheese – we like to go for one brie, one small blue and one cheddar. If you’ve got people coming over, more selection is always good, but if there’s only two of you a small selection is less wasteful. (TIP: You can always pick up small slices of different types of cheese from the deli section of your local supermarket and try a bunch!)
  • A little fruit, like grapes, melon slices or pineapple chunks
  • Olives
  • Crackers (tip: to keep costs down, go for one cheap and cheerful cracker brand and one fancy one.) 

For small snack boards, my main tip is to keep it simple and choose food you can cover and eat again. Cured meats are great because, if you don’t finish them off, you can pop them in a sandwich the next day.

FOR A LARGER PLATTER:

If you’re hosting guests, or want more of a grazing dinner than a small snack, here are some great additions to your board!

  • Carrots
  • Hummus
  • Tomatoes
  • Pretzels
  • Baguette slices (TIP: These pair amazingly with a good brie!)
  • Cucumber
  • Even more fruit!
  • Bruschetta slices

Now, as much as your girl loves a good savoury platter . . . we all know my true love lies with sweet things! For Daryl’s birthday I put on a massive cake/donuts/other assorted sweeties platter that was fabulous. Give me the theme of Christmas? Oh, honey, yes please!

IDEAS FOR WHAT TO PUT ON A SWEET PLATTER:

Again, this really depends on the size of the party you’re hosting and how long things will keep for. Don’t go out and buy a ton of food, only to throw half of it away!

FOR SMALL PLATTERS:

  • Mince pies (I hate these . . . but they’re undeniably Christmassy.)
  • Gingerbread biscuits
  • Lindt chocolates
  • Berries & cherries

Alright loves, that’s about it for this post! I hope you got some inspiration out out of my platter ideas. For those of you in the UK, I know Christmas in lockdown definitely isn’t the most exciting idea . . . but hopefully you’ll find some ways to make it special!

Did you guys enjoy this post? Are you a fan of food platters yourselves? Would you try any of the platters I created? Let me know your thoughts down below!

Peace,

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27 thoughts on “DIY Amazing & Affordable Christmas Platters – Savoury & Desserts!”

  1. Keri Elaine – Hi! My name is Keri and I am a working actress. Welcome to my corner of the internet, where I talk a ton about mindset, share some travel highlights, the arts, life experiences with a splash of fashion. If you appreciate the arts, fashion, mindset, comedic skits, and open conversation, then this is the site for you!

    I agree with you about cheap crackers it’s all about letting the cheese shine! It is the star of the show along with it’s series regular friend the deli meat and it’s supporting cast the olives. This spread looks amazing !

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    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you for reading Keri! And EXACTLY – plus like why are fancy crackers so expensive lol? $15 for something thin and mostly tasteless? I’ll pass tbh!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you, Hannah! They definitely are – and SO tasty! xx

  2. Hannah – Hello there! My name is Hannah and I am a 22 year old lifestyle blogger who loves travelling, coffee and social media. Welcome to my corner of the Internet.

    Katy Bellotte is the queen of platters – I always see them on her Instagram and am insanely jealous! I would love to prepare a platter but my boyfriend is not a fan so will have to wait until we are allowed to have people over again. But believe me, when that time comes, I will be breaking out all the bread & crackers & cheese & berries & red wine!!! xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      I had to google katy bellotte but she definitely looks like she’d set up a banging platter. ahhh that sucks, but hopefully that time will come soon with new vaccine! xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      thank you, Allie! I hope you’re having a great weekend x

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thanks for reading, Des! Hope you’re having a fab weekend x

  3. K.M. Sutton – I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!

    We call them charcuterie boards (I feel like it is a very fancy New York way to be bougie LOL) and I adore how they have gained so much popularity. When I was in the city, I would always make one if I had friends over, or we would share one when we went out for dinner. They aren’t as popular here in my hometown (which is the country Lol) and I miss them! Yours look delicious! <3

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      ooooo fancy fancy – I love it! Kate, you shall just have to bring the bougie to your hometown! I hope you’re having a great weekend lovely <3

  4. Oh yes, it is something I noticed about meals in Melbourne too! My friend always serves a few types of cheese (usually camembert), salamis, and a few dips. And of course, wine. I love how wine and platters are such a part of your culture in Melbourne! Would love to visit again soon. Oh God, I miss that city so much. T.T

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      omg yum!! They’re definitely something I’ve gotten into over here – like you said, it’s a very Melbourne thing. Hopefully, Melbourne will be opening its doors soon enough and you can get back over here!

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