Ok, so you’ve invited your girlfriends over for a wine night and the sweet & salty Valentine’s Day treat mix is ready to go. Now you are ready to begin planning the rest of the nibbles! Having easy, grab-and-go items out on your table makes it simple for people to snack while still being able to socialize! One way to display your snacks is by building an Ultimate Sweets and Strawberries board. And by ultimate, I mean grocery store items quickly laid out and simply displayed for easy and accessible snacking! I’ll show you exactly what I used to make this super yummy and oh-so-sweet grazing dessert board! Read on for my tips for how to make the Ultimate Sweets and Strawberries Board!
ITEMS I USED ON MY SWEETS AND STRAWBERRIES BOARD:
- Mini crispy crunchy chocolate chip cookies [Trader Joe’s, but could substitute with Famous Amos cookies]
- Mini oreos
- Ghirardelli Strawberry Bark squares [unwrapped]
- Mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups [Trader Joe’s]
- Dark chocolate covered almonds
- Mini marshmallows
- Chocolate chips
- Kit Kat White Minis
- Sweet & salty Chex treat mix
- Fresh strawberries
OTHER ITEMS I CONSIDERED:
- Hershey’s kisses
- Dark chocolate sea salt caramels [my fav from Trader Joe’s]
- Graham crackers
- Milano cookies
- Brownie bites
- Chocolate or chocolate chip Teddy grahams [perfect for making a kid-friendly board!]
- Conversation hearts
HOW TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE SWEETS AND STRAWBERRIES BOARD
First, decide what size board you’d like to use. I have two sizes, both are on the larger side. For this sweets and strawberries board, I used this 20”x 14″ bamboo board to build my dessert tray.
Next, I grabbed several handfuls of mini oreos and placed them around the board. I made 3 separate clusters. Then I laid the chocolate chip cookies out in two small clusters – one at the top left of the board and one near the bottom right.
After that, I unwrapped 6 Ghirardelli strawberry bark squares and laid them out in 2 groups of 3 – slightly layering them over one another.
Next up was the dark chocolate covered almonds. I made 3 clusters staggering them around the board. After that, I placed a cluster of mini white kit kats at the top middle of the board and a second one near the bottom middle.
Then I was ready to set down the two ruffle bowls filled with my sweet & salty valentine’s day treat mix. If its a tight squeeze to get your bowls on at this point, then scoot a few of your piles over to make room. You could definitely start with the bowls on the board, but then just make sure you fill the areas under the bowl well. It’s a little bit harder to see where the gaps are once the bowls are down, so I waited until about the half-way point to add them.
From there, I simply started filling in with the smaller items – marshmallows, mini peanut butter cups and chocolate chips. Just add them in in areas that look more bare. A few here and a few there!
The last item to go on the board was the strawberries. I only ended up with 8 total strawberries on the board and in no particular pattern or placement method. Depending on how many people you are hosting, you might want to consider 1-2 strawberries per person as a general rule.
BUT ARE THERE REALLY ANY STRICT RULES TO FOLLOW?
One other tip though, is to start with the larger items and then work your way down to the smaller items, which can be used as fillers if there are any empty spaces left on the board.
But quite honestly, there are ZERO rules to follow when creating your own sweets and strawberries board. Use the items you love [and keep it simple with store-bought items!] and add as few or as many “clusters” of each as you want!
Simple sweets, plenty of wine and your girlfriends all around! That sounds like the ideal girl’s night IN to me!
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OTHER VALENTINE’S DAY POSTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!
- SIMPLE VALENTINE’S DAY MANTEL
- HOW TO HOST A FUSS-FREE GALENTINE’S DAY PARTY
- SWEET & SALTY VALENTINE’S DAY TREAT MIX YOU NEED TO MAKE
- THE ULTIMATE SWEETS & STRAWBERRIES BOARD
- VALENTINE’S DAY PRINTABLES [TABLE DISPLAY, CARD & GIFT TAGS]