Parties, weddings and both casual and formal events have embraced this platter trend and it’s easy to see why.
Platters brimming with cured meats, a variety of cheeses, vibrant seasonal fruit and antipasto, grazing platters are both practical and visually appealing.
These platters create a sense of drama, they entice guests to gather around and help themselves. Despite how grand they appear particularly on a large scale, they are relatively easy to create as there’s no right or wrong way to assemble.
Over the past few years many businesses have found success creating platters for a living, however brides and party planning parents with smaller budgets can find their quotes to be rather exorbitant. I believe this has strongly contributed to their party popularity as hosts are willing and able to create their own to suit their budget.
Whether you opt for a small chop board, a 2m long sheet of ply, or an entire table (or three) for the foundation of your platter, they all tend to captivate a crowd as they are informal and inviting.
Here are a few tips for taking your platter to the next level:
- Create height using baskets, crates, plinths or tiered stands.
- The addition of fresh flowers particularly babies breath and fresh herbs bring colour and add softness.
- Add a centrepiece to create a focal point. This can be a tall vase, brightly coloured bowl or a decorative plaque.
- Variety in your ingredients is key. Opt for several different deli meats, cheese and fruits etc.
- Food safety. Be sure to treat your wooden slab or wrap in baking paper. If it’s a hot day, ensure your platter is either kept indoors or in the shade and you can add bowls of ice beneath meat to keep it fresh.
- Fill in the gaps. When arranging small clusters of cheese, meat and figs etc fill in the gaps with crackers, nuts or flowers. This adds fullness and the illusion of generosity in your platter.
- Glass jars of varying sizes, small ramekins and bowls create height and are great for grouping items.
If you aren’t the biggest fan of fruit touching meat and cheese touching dark chocolate, don’t let this deter you from attempting a platter. You can always add several bowls or use tiered stands to group certain foods and keep items seperate.
Here’s a general guide we’ve put together on items to include in your platter:
Members of Party Mums are platter queens and have so kindly let us share their images to give you inspiration.