Make a delicious and adorable tropical fruit charcuterie board – perfect for a luau, tropical party, or themed movie night! I’m sharing all the details of how to put this tasty tropical treat together, complete with directions for the DIY tropical-themed decor made with Cricut. (This post is part of a sponsored partnership with Cricut).
Dreaming of a tropical escape? That’s been us just about every day for the last 16 months! Alas… there’s no dreamy tropical vacation on the horizon, so how about at least some tropical favorites at home with a tropical fruit charcuterie board?
Tropical Fruit Charcuterie Board
Whether you call them charcuterie boards or snack boards or snack spreads or treat trays, a festive platter like this is all-the-rage and definitely one of our favorite food things. We actually love making boards like this for movie nights! How perfect would a spread like this be for a tropical themed movie?! This was a HUGE hit at our house! Obviously, all the tropical treats are delicious and make for a great. But, I made it a little more festive and fun thanks to some DIY tropical decor with my Cricut. With Cricut, cutting out some fun shapes is easy and it adds some fun flair to the charcuterie board. The whole spread packs a pretty punch!
Tropical Fruit Charcuterie Foods
There’s no set right or wrong in terms of what food to put on the board – you just want a good assortment. I like to make sure we have a mix of sweet & salty and soft & crunchy. So, I just picked up some of our tropical favorites! Here’s what was on our board:
- Fresh Pineapple
- Fresh Kiwi
- Fresh Mango
- Fresh Cantaloupe melon
- Dried Banana chips
- Dried coconut chips
- Macadamia nuts
- Sweet Maui Onion chips
Yum! The spread was SO good. But you can obviously change it up to suit your tastes. Other ideas include fresh papaya, passion fruit, dragon fruit, star fruit, dried fruits (pineapple, mango, papaya, etc), etc. You could even make it a little bit more of a meal by including some tropical pulled pork or Hawaiian sliders.
DIY Tropical Decor
Once you decide on your tropical treats, you can make a few pieces of tropical decor to spruce up your board. Here’s what I used:
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Joy– my favorite cutting machines. Either one will work for this project!
- Cricut Tools Set
- Cricut Cutting Mat
- Cricut Cardstock
- Paper straws or bamboo skewers
- Baker’s twine
I opted to do a few simple paper cut-outs of some of the tropical fruits – a pineapple, a coconut drink, and a banana. For these, I made each shape just under 3″ in height. I wanted something big enough to be visible, but not too big to be floppy or over-powering. For each, it’s just simple cuts using the cardstock and cutting mats.Then, my favorite DIY decor item for the board is the Tropical Leaf Pennant. <– You can click there to have the design all ready for you. Just cut and then string the leafs through some baker’s twine! Once everything is cut, then you can attach a toothpick to the back of each fruit cutout. Then attach the string of leaves to some cute paper straws or bamboo skewers. And then you’ll be ready to assemble your tropical fruit charcuterie board!
Put the Tropical Board Together
Then, all that’s left to do is to put it all together on your board/tray. Start by arranging the food – making sure that you have fruit in the corners to help stick the straws/skewers into for the leaf pennant. Once the rest of the food is arranged, add in the decorative picks you created and that’s it! Now, you’ve made a delicious and adorable tropical fruit charcuterie board – ENJOY!
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