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Make a Valentine's Day Dessert Board for Under $50

Shaun Anderson | 31 January, 2022

JAN 31, 2022

Make a Valentine's Day Dessert Board for Under $50

Whether you need a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other or kids, or you’re going full Galentines Day with your best gal pals, a dessert Charcuterie board is a fun way to celebrate. Charcuterie boards can get pretty pricey really fast, all of that fancy meat and cheese adds up quickly. With a dessert charcuterie board though, you can assemble something really fun for a lot less money.

We love the idea of creating a dessert charcuterie board for the kids on Valentine’s Day after school or the slightly-elevated dessert charcuterie board for your friends during a low-key Galentines Day brunch.

Photos and Charcuterie Board by Ultra Shelf

Pick a Theme:

Perhaps the most fun part of picking out supplies for your board comes when you're picking your theme. Picking a theme for your charcuterie board will give you the ability to make the board look put together and professional, even on a budget. For our Valentine's Day charcuterie board we picked things that were pink, white, and red. But we've seen Valentine's Day charcuterie boards that are all white, all pink, and even rainbow.

And you don't just have to base your board around colors. You could pick a motif like hearts for your Valentine's Day charcuterie board and work your items around that. Regardless of what you pick, the better you stick to your theme, the more cohesive your board will look overall.

Getting Started:

Every charcuterie board needs to start with the largest item first. For us and our dessert charcuterie board, we started with mini powdered donuts. We knew that the donuts would take up the most space on the board, and would be the easiest thing to work around. We've seen other Valentine's Day-inspired dessert charcuterie boards that use regular-sized donuts as their main dessert item, but you could use anything from mini bundt cakes and cupcakes to brownie bites or personal pies.

It's really up to you and what you think will look good on the charcuterie board.

The Filler:

The filler is all of the stuff that makes up the bulk of your board. Once you've picked one or two large items to be the main parts of your Valentine's Day dessert board, you need to fill in the gaps with other items. For our board, we used Valentine’s candy. Because we were trying to be cost-conscious when we were creating our board, we made sure to shop sales and get great discounts on the Valentine's Day candy that we used. Believe it or not, this actually did save us quite a bit of money and gave us more wiggle room in our budget for fun treats on our board.

When you are thinking about what to add to your board, do your best to add variety. We have everything from cinnamon hearts to dark chocolate squares on our board. This makes sure that there's something for everybody on the board and keeps the board really visually interesting. You want a variety of colors, shapes, and textures on your board so that your eye moves through the board and everything looks aesthetically pleasing.

The Spillers:

This is definitely a personal preference, but on every board we create, we love to have a spiller or two. What we mean by “spiller” is something that starts on the board and falls off the board for a little visual interest. On our dessert board, we used white chocolate pretzels and some of the candy hearts as spillers. Especially if you were looking for that Instagram-worthy shot of your Valentine's Day charcuterie board, give spillers a try.

Assembling Your Board:

When you're ready to begin assembling your board, put your board in the spot that it's going to be when you eat it. We've had more than one disaster trying to move a charcuterie board from our kitchen counter to our kitchen table. So if you're going to be eating the board on the table, place the board on the table to start with.

Then, add your largest items to the board first. Scatter them around the board in a somewhat random, but refined pattern so that your board has lots of variation throughout. If you're finding that your board is looking a little flat, try using small dip bowls on your board to add visual interest and a little bit of height. Once your larger items are on the board, start filling your bored with all the fillers and spillers — and don't be afraid to move things around to a few different places until you find a look that works for you.

Our Shopping List:

In order to have a Valentine's Day dessert charcuterie board, you need to have a charcuterie board. At Ultra Shelf, we offer handcrafted charcuterie boards made from heirloom quality wood, in a variety of wood types and lengths. If you want to throw a giant Valentine’s Day party and you need a five-foot board — we’ve got you covered.

Once you have a charcuterie board that you love, it's time to buy supplies. We filled a 2-foot charcuterie board for under $50, and this is what we bought:

  • Powdered donuts
  • Pink KitKats
  • Cinnamon hearts
  • Lindor truffles
  • Stroopwafels
  • Popcorn
  • Vanilla wafers
  • X & O cookies
  • Cherries
  • Licorice
  • Candy hearts
  • Fruit leather
  • Cookies and cream hearts
  • Dark chocolate squares
  • Milano cookies


Ready to start your own charcuterie board? Shop Charcuterie Boards here. 

Written by Maddison Driggs

Maddison is a copywriter who has been working in the interior design and home improvement area for the last five years. From hands on projects to writing for your favorite HGTV home reno couples, Maddison has developed a deep love for a well-styled room with the perfect personal touch.

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