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A Crowd-Pleasing Charcuterie Table for Teens
 

Now that you’ve had a glimpse into our triplet’s bohemian-inspired birthday party, I wanted to dive a bit deeper into the unique moments that made up the day. From the color palette to the decor, every element was designed to elevate the guest experience, but what really stole the show for our teenage partygoers was the food.

For this Sixteenth Birthday Bash, we wanted a menu built around simple, teen-friendly eats that felt more like an interactive snacking experience. To please our younger crowd, we decided to skip the formalities of passed hors d'oeuvres or a seated dinner, and instead created a statement charcuterie table all about grazing to your heart’s content.

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THE INSPIRATION

Grazing tables have become a big trend in weddings over the past several years, and when I came across this image from Green Wedding Shoes, I knew it was the perfect point of inspiration for our own event. I also reached out to the experts at Sorella Collective, and they were kind enough to offer tips to tailor the grazing experience to our teenage guests.

Kraft paper lined our charcuterie table, rather than traditional cheese boards, and we opted to place food items directly on the table for a more relaxed look and feel.

THE EATS

  • Rolled salami, ham, and turkey

  • Blocks of Brie, Gouda, and mozzarella

  • Hummus and pita bread

  • Grapes, blueberries, and strawberries

  • Black and green olives

  • Variety of crackers

  • Exotic vegetable chips

  • Crunchy pretzels

*Our nut-free charcuterie table was created to accommodate guests with allergies.

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To complement our grazing table, we also set up a pretzel station inspired by this image from The Knot. Using copper pipe tubing, we lined up large hanging pretzels directly behind the charcuterie, along with a variety of pretzel-themed menu items, including:

  • Large pretzels: salted & unsalted

  • Pretzel dogs (such a hit with teenagers!)

  • Flavored pretzel bites in cinnamon sugar, garlic, and salted

  • Honey mustard and cream cheese dipping sauces


A teen-friendly charcuterie table was exactly what our party called for, and I hope this inspires you to create a glaze-style food spread at your next big event!

SOURCES

Menu Items: Whole Foods

Pretzels: Pretzel Maker

Table: Archive Rentals (Sonoma table)

Table Card Holders: Amazon (spray painted gold)

Food Description Cards: Papel & Co.