Thursday, May 6, 2021

Numbers Charcuterie for Graduation or Birthdays!

Need a fun centerpiece idea to celebrate a milestone!?

Using paper mache numbers from craft stores... with a little craftiness I created the perfect holder for candy, nuts, cookies or even cheese and crackers.

I purchased my numbers from Joann’s and Hobby Lobby.  The numbers and letters- (did I mention you could do monograms too!?) they come in different sizes, so read the description carefully if you order online.

I chose 12-inch and 16-inch numbers.

To remove the top, carefully pierce the cardboard with a serrated knife or the pointy end of scissors.  Then peel back the cardboard.  I thought I would need to cut away the top—but I was wrong—simply pulling the cardboard cleanly removed to top.  Inside the number shapes were some little cardboard supports, I simply discarded those. See photos below.

 I filled the numbers with fruit cups, cookies,  and candies. I also created a charcuterie set of graduation numbers with crackers, cheeses, veggies and fruit... I used waxed tissue paper to protect the cardboard from grease or oil splotches.

Ideas for a dessert inspired charcuterie board/display:
Yogurt covered pretzels, dried fruit, raisins cherries
Chocolate covered pretzels
Sandwich cookies
Pirouette cookies
Hard candies
Favorite candy
Mini chocolate chip cookies
Cake pops
Caramel corn 
Cotton candy-in bags(otherwise it melts in humid air)

Ideas for a savory charcuterie board/display:
Assorted Cheeses
Assorted Crackers
Dried fruits
Dried meats
Baby heirloom tomatoes 
Apple slices
Baguette slices
Cheese straws
Fig jam
Tortilla chips

For the adorable baking cups that are great for holding cheese cubes, candies, nuts or anything you want to keep together—I love using products from My Minds Eye, here’s the link to their baking cups: My Mind’s Eye Baking Cups. They also carry beautiful party goods and paper decor... lots of great choices.  Of course, if you are short on time, I’ve seen similar baking cups at Homegoods, and sometimes TJ Maxx and Target in the baking or party department/aisles.

Here’s where I purchased my waxed tissue paper—Waxed tissue paper

 I love waxed tissue paper for filling cookie tins around the holidays too! 

I cut flowers short and tucked them in to fill tiny gaps-it makes the whole centerpiece come together.

Little baking cups are great holders for candies and nuts, but if you need something for liquid I used small clear plastic cups to hold cut fruit.

Here’s the recipe for this delicious fruit dip— this recipe is from my dear friend Stephanie Conner Close.—Stephanie shared this recipe with me when we were in grad school—she said it could not be easier—and she was right..  My sweet friend left this world far too early, I think of her often and send my warmest wishes to her sons this Mother’s Day (and every day).  Stephanie would be thrilled to share this recipe with each of you.

Stephanie’s Fruit Dip: 

8-ounce cream cheese softened

7-ounce marshmallow fluff

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Optional-food color. I use a drop of red to make pink.

In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy 1-2 minutes. Add the marshmallow fluff, and vanilla.  Mix well, until combined, smooth and fluffy.  If coloring, add a drop and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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