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15 Easy Party Platter Ideas for Crowds

Are you looking for fun and easy party platter ideas for your next get-together?

From cheese and chocolate to BBQ and vegan boards, I’ve got plenty to choose from!

Appetizing Charcuterie Board: Parmesan, Cheddar, Gouda, Salami, Fruits and Nuts
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Throwing a party can be super fun. But it’s also pretty hard work.

So, why not try these yummy party platter ideas to make things a little easier?

They’re a breeze to throw together, full of tasty snacks and treats, and totally Insta-worthy.

Better yet, they’re super versatile.

So whether you want to keep things simple and savory or go for something sweet and elaborate, I’ve got you covered.

How to Make the Perfect Party Platter

1. Vegetarian Mezze Platter

Enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean with this colorful vegetarian mezze platter.

Mezze is a term that refers to small dishes, kind of like tapas. And a vegetarian mezze platter typically includes a variety of dips, salads, and bread. 

This one features falafel, chips, veggie sticks, cheese, olives, and figs. All of which are tasty but not nearly as awesome without the dips.

This platter has two: roasted red pepper dip and chickpea hummus.

The pepper dip packs some heat, while the hummus balances it out with its signature creaminess.

Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or just looking for something light, this is guaranteed to please.

2. Summer BBQ Charcuterie and Spicy Skewers

With a fun assortment of steak, shrimp, cheeses, and crackers, this party platter will disappear in minutes.

Trust me, there’s definitely no need to worry about leftovers where this food tray is involved!

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And you can modify this however you like! It’s a BBQ platter, after all, so feel free to add grilled corn and salads.

If you don’t like shrimp, try roasted veggie skewers instead. And if you’re not a steak lover, try BBQ chicken or succulent lamb chops.

The trick is to offer hot and cold items and plenty of colorful extras to make the board pop.

3. Fruit Platter

Anyone can put out a bowl of fruit salad or watermelon wedges. But how stunning is this fruit platter?

The trick is the pick lots of colorful fruits with different textures for maximum visual impact. 

Melon is a terrific base because a little goes a long way. Then, find vibrant berries and fruits to place around the slices.

And don’t be afraid to get creative! Dragon fruit, kiwi, grapes, pineapple, mango…you really can’t go wrong.

Whichever fruits your pick, knowing how to cut and arrange the platter properly is key.

Start by creating a base of larger fruits, then fill in the gaps with smaller berries or clusters of grapes. 

And try out different shapes too. For example, melon balls or cubes or dragon fruit always look great.

The final touch is a few strategically placed, edible flowers. They make all the difference, don’t you think?

4. Melon and Prosciutto Platter

When summer party season is in full swing, you can’t go wrong with this refreshing, sweet-n-salty platter.

Filled with all kinds of melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, etc.) wrapped with thinly sliced prosciutto, it’s simply *chef’s kiss*

The light sweetness of the melon pairs perfectly with the salty prosciutto.

Add some chopped nuts and berries for pops of color, then watch it all disappear.

5. Greek-Inspired Antipasto Platter

A Greek-inspired antipasto platter is a delicious and easy way to feed a crowd. 

Start with a variety of cheeses, including feta, goat, and mozzarella. Marinated feta is a particularly pleasant choice!

Add some homemade hummus for dipping, along with a selection of crunchy veggies like bell peppers, artichokes, and bright cherry peppers. 

Add some dried apricots, sun-dried tomatoes, or figs for sweetness and color. Olives, nuts, and cured meats are excellent additions, too.

Serve everything on a large platter or board, and enjoy!

6. Sweet and Salty Snack Board

If you like sweet and salty foods, then this snack board is for you.

It’s ideal for movie nights or even just quiet nights in with the family and a few board games.

Again, the trick is to have a bunch of different flavors, textures, and colors.

I like crunchy pretzels, crispy chips, chewy cookies, and dried fruit. And salty-sweet kettle corn is always a scrumptious addition.

M&Ms work well if you want pops of color. And don’t be afraid to throw on the chopped up candy bars!

7. Dessert Charcuterie Board

As a self-confessed dessert addict, this charcuterie board is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite on this list. If you’re a sweet tooth, I’m sure it’ll be yours too.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, a dessert charcuterie board is basically a grazing platter filled with sweet treats. 

Cookies, candy, fruit, and nuts are all fair game – and the sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity.

Just have fun with it! I’m sure your guests’ jaws will drop at the mere sight of your gorgeous creation.

8. Chocolate Fondue Platter With Dippers

Looking for a simple yet decadent dessert platter? Chocolate and caramel fondue is the perfect solution. 

Made with just three ingredients – chocolate chips, whipping cream, and caramels – it’s both easy to prepare and exceedingly scrumptious.

Of course, you’ll need a fondue pot to keep it warm and gooey. I suggest something enclosed if you have kids coming.

Serve with an assortment of dippers, like fruit, marshmallows, pretzels, pound cake, and more.

9. Butter Board

Have you heard about the latest party food trend? Butter boards are taking over social media, and I’m so here for it!

It’s simply a platter of fresh, softened butter topped or mixed with an assortment of ingredients like herbs, spices, and honey.

This recipe makes four different butter varieties, all of which you’ll serve on the same platter, along with crackers, crudités, and crust bread.

Whether you’re hosting a small get-together or a large bash, a rich, decadent butter board is the perfect way to serve up some fun!

Better yet, you can make a whole bunch of compound butters at once and keep them in the freezer for later.

They’re yummy on steaks, chicken, toast, bagels, pasta, and more.

10. Hummus Antipasto Platter

This hummus antipasto platter is a fabulous way to start any party. 

This version features a gorgeous tray of hummus, pita wedges, cucumbers, olives, feta, carrots, and bell peppers. 

The pita wedges are perfect for scooping up the hummus, and the vegetables add a crunchy contrast you’ll love. 

The feta gives the platter a bit of salty flavor, while the olives add a touch of acidity. Meanwhile, the carrots and bell peppers provide sweetness and color. 

What more could you ask for?

11. The Perfect Cheese Board

If you’re wondering how to make “the perfect cheese board,” this recipe has you covered.

The trick is to get a good variety of cheeses. You want to provide a range of flavors and textures for your guests to enjoy.

That means creamy Brie, crumbly blue cheese, mature cheddar, smoky Gruyère, and maybe even a few slices of mild mozzarella.

And yes, you need nice big chunks from the deli counter. No pre-sliced cheeses here, thank you!

Then, include a variety of accompaniments, such as crackers, bread, fruits, nuts, and jams.

I also like to add meats, like salami and prosciutto, for a salty contrast. But that’s optional.

Either way, pay attention to the presentation and have fun with it!

12. Breakfast Charcuterie Board

No brunch party is complete without a breakfast charcuterie board!

This tasty and visually appealing dish is easy to put together and is sure to please your guests. 

Start with a base of bite-sized muffins, waffles, pancakes, bagels, and hash browns. Then, add an assortment of meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables. 

Be sure to include something sweet, like honey or jam, as well as some savory toppings, like olives and hard-boiled eggs.

13. Vegan Grazing Table

Whether you’re serving vegan guests or just looking for a healthy but tasty appetizer, try this vegan grazing table! 

Using a variety of plant-based foods, this platter can be just as delectable as its meat- and dairy-based counterparts. 

Plus, it’s a fantastic way to show your guests just how fun and scrummy vegan food can be!

14. Easy Tapas Platter

Packed with Spanish meats and cheeses, this tapas platter is perfect for any occasion.

Make it as easy or complicated as you like, just be sure to include some olives, roasted vegetables, fruit, and nuts.

My go-to tapas dishes are patatas bravas and gambas al ajillo (spicy potatoes and shrimp, respectively).

Both are hot, tasty, and would work well if you offer toothpicks for easy eating.

Or keep it cool with Manchego cheese, chorizo, and wedges of Spanish tortilla.

15. Charcuterie Platter With Seafood

There’s something for everyone on this platter. But it’s especially suited to seafood lovers.

Featuring king crab, mussels, oysters, and seasonal fruit, along with a variety of mixed cheeses, it’s bright, sweet, succulent, and picture-perfect.

King crab is a deluxe choice, so it’s perfect for special occasions. The mussels are also delicious, and their briny flavor is one of a kind.

If you want to make the oysters a little more palatable to people, try grilling them with chili jam and blue cheese!

The mix of sweet, savory, and salty flavors makes this an epic party platter!

15 Easy Party Platter Ideas for Crowds

Are you looking for some fun and easy party platter ideas? From cheese and chocolate to BBQ and vegan boards, I’ve got plenty to choose from!


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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