Today I’m sharing a fun twist on a classic favorite … DIY Charcuterie Cups! It’s really the perfect way to entertain (and even celebrate!) outdoors without sharing food or having to gather around the same appetizer platters. I did not invent the idea—it’s been all over the internet since the pandemic started—but I’m excited to share my own version in today’s new post (details down below!).
Individual Charcuterie Cups for My Parent’s 50th
It all started when my brother and I decided we absolutely had to do something to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary this year! They live down in Florida and have both been fully vaccinated (woohoo!). So we decided that if this celebration was going to happen in the lovely winter month of February, Florida was absolutely the best place to do it. Bring on the sunshine and warm weather!
So, my parents knew we were coming down with our families, but they didn’t know exactly what we had in store. We just told them to be dressed up and ready by 4:30 on Saturday. We had an upscale sunset beach picnic planned complete with a live steel drummer, champagne, and some yummy snacks, of course! We were so lucky to have a super beautiful evening with absolutely perfect weather.
Video of the 50th Anniversary Picnic Spread
The mini Charcuterie cups (along with crackers that we also had available) were the perfect thing to serve as we all sat down in our seats and enjoyed the live music and the sunset. And, funny story, I was so busy finishing up the cheese balls and glazing the nuts (at the bottom of the cups) that my 13-year-old literally assembled all of the individual charcuterie cups 100% by herself! She did such a good job; I swear she’s a little food stylist in the making, and I’m so lucky to have her!
What We Put in the Individual Charcuterie Cups
Here’s what we put in the cups (most of the food was purchased locally at Trader Joe’s)…
- Mini cheese balls
Recipe is down below.
- Mini brie bites
These were at Trader Joe’s, but I’ve seen them at other grocery stores as well.
- Slices of Manchego
One block went a long way!
- Mini cheese balls
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cornichons (i.e. baby pickles)
Olives would be a good choice, too!
- Dried apricots
Both folded over accordion-style on the toothpicks.
- Tall breadstick
I could not find a 100% whole-grain breadstick, but you could make them yourself. The ones from Trader Joe’s were at least a cleanish version without junky additives.
This was purely for garnish, although one of my children—I’m not naming names—did actually eat hers (random), LOL.
- Glazed nuts
These were placed at the very bottom of the cup, I used the recipe from my first 100 Days of Real Food cookbook. Any roasted nuts would be a good substitute.
We offered a variety of options on the side.
- Tall breadstick
- Paper cups
I found our particular cups on Amazon but also saw similar cups advertised for wedding confetti.
It was harder than I would’ve thought to find nice long toothpicks to stick out of the cups. I ended up getting mine at Total Wine & More, but saw them for sale in larger quantities on Amazon.
- Stickers (optional)
We used our Cricut to make and cut out our stickers, but you could absolutely hand write your message on any blank sticker you can find!
- Paper cups
Recipe for the Mini Cheese Balls
Here’s how we made the mini cheese balls for the charcuterie cups. I actually made them in advance at home, froze them, and pulled them out of the freezer just before traveling. They went straight into the fridge when we got there, and I waited to roll them in the crushed nuts just before serving. It worked out perfectly (and it was nice to have one less thing to do/make once we got there)!
I hope this gives you some ideas for a fun outdoor celebration that you can have this spring or summer (even if you aren’t at the beach)! Instead of continuing to cancel everything for another year, we’ve just got to get creative. Here are my parents with their four grandkids just as the sun was setting. It’s safe to say it was a very successful celebration, and I’m so glad it all worked out as planned! :)
19 thoughts on “DIY Charcuterie Cups (with Mini Cheese Balls!) for My Parents’ Anniversary”
If you wanted to add some type of jam or honey, what would be a clever way to incorporate that with the individual cups?
You could put a basket of individual jams and honey out in little mini jars like these: https://amzn.to/3uoXQhV
Any idea how much it cost you per cup??
Everyting looks amazing! I’m getting ready all my supplies, but was wondering if the cups you used were 12oz or 14oz? Also, what size of toothpick did you use?
Thank you for your help!!!
So cute and customizable. I love portioned appetizers for parties. Easy on the host and the guests.
How early could you prep something like this? I’ve got my parents 50th coming up and with the Pandemic, this seems perfect! No sharing of utensils! Or would you have something else you’d recommend that could be prepped the day before?
You could wash and cut all ingredients, put together some of the skewers, make the cheese balls (but wait on the nut coating) in advance, but I would not assemble more than a few hours beforehand. The breadsticks and nuts would get soggy otherwise.
Wow – such a cute anniversary party! Love the charcuterie cup idea! (I recently learned how to say “charcuterie” – yay! ) This gives me some great ideas for larger groups vs. just a couple girlfriends having some wine and a charcuterie board. I’ll definitely be stealing this soon!
Thanks! And just recently my daughter called it “char charay” … it’s actually a much prettier word, but gave us a good laugh! :)
Are there instructions/recipe on how to put the cups together?
Hi Jennifer, you would just place each ingredient onto the skewers as you wish. – Nicole
What a creative idea. Your parents look so young.
Thanks! I’m sure they will love that compliment. :)
I’m allergic to tree nuts. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can coat the mini cheese balls with?
Hi Amy, I think there are endless suggestions to coat with! How about dried cranberries, green onions, crushed pretzels, other herbs … really anything that you think could compliment the cheese. – Nicole
Absolutely heart warming. Your daughter did a fantastic job assembling the cups. I love this idea and will definitely try it. I’m thinking tailgating for football!
Yes, would be perfect for football … and thanks! :)
I love this! My parents’ 50th is in May and I was also thinking of doing a beach picnic. Where did you get those low tables? Thanks so much!!!
Hi Kim, the picnic company (linked in the post) supplies all of that! – Nicole