How to create effortless party food platters
Our effortless party food platters are guaranteed to impress, from a classic Swedish smörgåsbord, to picnic platters and grazing boards. Plus, we share which tableware to buy
Hosting an impromptu dinner party with friends? Take your entertaining skills to another level with our smart yet effortless party food platters. From salty baked feta boards, to camembert toppers and a full-blown Swedish smörgåsbord, we've got your entertaining needs covered for your next get-together.
Afterwards, check out our no-oven effortless entertaining ideas and effortless entertaining recipes, or everything you need to know for hosting your first Christmas.
Party grazing board ideas
Is there any better excuse to enjoy cheese than at Christmas? If Morgan McGlynn's festive sharing platter doesn't get you in the spirit, we don't know what else will! In true Christmas indulgence style, there's a variety of salty, creamy and nutty cheeses nestled in with cured meats and pickled accompaniments. Serve with a homemade Christmas jam.
Brunch has become a timeless classic, combining the best of both worlds from breakfast and lunch. This sharing board takes it one step further to create a stunning, laidback way to enjoy this meal for a real celebration. Overnight oats, sausage sandwiches and pancake bits are served alongside bloody marys to get your day off to an exceptional start. For more brunch inspiration, see our best brunch recipes.
For those with a sweet tooth, a dessert board is a really fun and easy way to celebrate a special occasion. The white russians and limoncello-spiked lemon tarts are a grown-up touch that's perfect for getting the party started. Pair with our espresso martini pancakes for a brunch-inspired dessert board.
A block of salty feta baked with sweet, sticky honey is the centrepiece of this fun sharing board by Morgan McGlynn. Slather the smooth cheese on crackers and top and serve with fudgy roast figs and crunchy almonds.
The scale of this Scandinavian smörgåsbord by Morgan McGlynn borders almost on a buffet – perfect for feeding the masses. A mixture of hot and cold dishes alongside traditional cheese varieties, such as brown Norwegian gjetost and jarlsberg, are a must.
Quick and easy recipes
Arguably the easiest way to entice friends is with a selection of baked camembert toppers: veggies will swoon over our camembert topped with wild mushrooms and truffle oil, or opt for ultimate wintry comfort with toppings such as cranberry, port and thyme. Better yet, go one step further and serve your cheese on this appropriately themed camembert cheese platter.
Another fuss-free way to impress is with homemade pâté: our veggie mushroom pâté is easy to whizz together, and packs depth of flavour thanks to a few sprigs of thyme, garlic and sherry. Or, keep things classic with our French chicken liver pâté, best served with cornichons and plenty of fizz.
More platter recipes
For a vegan sharing board that's sure to impress, this hummus platter elevates the humble veg with pomegranate molasses, toasted pine nuts, fennel and sprigs of watercress.
You truly can't beat a good cheeseboard, and this one combines lemony baked goat's cheese, baked camembert in a cob and baked feta with chipotle.
The creamy burrata pairs perfectly with chargrilled mango slices, juicy heritage tomatoes and a vibrant lime and chilli dressing.
Perfect for the warmer months, throw together our pick of charcuterie and veg, served with a pot of oozing melted brie.
Picnic staples, including cheese, chutney, pâté and salami, are transformed into an easy, no-cook dinner party centrepiece.
A great starter to bring out at dinner parties over the summer, using whatever crisp, fresh veg is available. It only takes 15 minutes to put together and serves six.
Platters to buy
LSA International serve glass multi serving platter
- Available from John Lewis, £75
Serve your favourite cheese, meat, fruit and dips in this large glass multi-compartment platter.
John Lewis, £75
FULLSPÄCKAD serving tray
- Available from Ikea, £15
Ikea's tray is great for storing plates and glasses on one level, with snacks and appetisers on the other. It also features a sturdy handle for carrying.
Elements marble/acacia round serve board
- Available from Typhoon, £25
Serve appetisers, desserts or charcuterie on this sophisticated board, made from terrazzo stone and acacia wood. The marble section of the board is naturally cool, perfect for keeping cheese platters at the correct temperature.
Porcelain chip and dip serving dish
- Available from John Lewis, £20
This five-section chip and dip platter is the perfect serving solution for nachos. This porcelain dish is dishwasher- and microwave-safe, too.
John Lewis, £20
Elements oval marble serve board
- Available from Typhoon, £20
Present cold and hot dishes on this oval-shaped serving board – the marble makes a beautiful backdrop for pictures.
Porcelain & acacia wood lazy susan
- Available from John Lewis, £43
John Lewis, £43