Before you start to think about autumn decorating and holiday entertaining, consider the feast board! A feast board is as simple as it sounds: a big, beautiful board ready for your food, flowers, meats or sweets. Think Thanksgiving, holiday open house, or any gathering that calls for a feast! This is definitely my new favorite fall trend!!!
Here is where you start…
… and the results can be this enticing!
Imagine your feast board running down the middle of your counter, table or sideboard — sturdily hosting your biscuits and jams, your cheese and fruit, your olives, nuts and meats. The feast board can work as a ‘centerpiece platform’ with votives, little glasses of dahlias and gourds. Or what about taking it all white with those little white pumpkins, white mums and white pillar candles in jars?!
I also love the idea of the feast board hosting a deconstructed cornucopia: just pile on Indian corn, eggplant, oranges, and walnuts in the shell. Clay pots of herbs would look great collected down the center too!!!
They’re a beautiful backdrop for a charcuterie composition! I suggest choosing about 2 oz. per person of dry-cured sausages like soppressata, chorizo, and buttery saucisson sec and include whole cuts like prosciutto or sweet country ham. A whole-grain, herbed or Dijon mustard is a great touch. Cut the meats’ richness with figs, grapes and apple or pear slices. And remember the beauty and texture of dried fruit! Work in olives, rosemary sprigs, almonds, cashews or pistachios. Let your board’s components come to room temperature before serving.
Falling in love with all the feast board has to offer, I found these beautiful boards cut from aged walnut and maple. We’re now carrying them in the Segreto Boutique!!! “Inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy.” They come in lengths up to four feet! The black walnut boards have slot handles, while the maple boards have no handles. Come to our Open House this week to check them out (details below)!
I adore the idea of this fruit and cheese platter on a maple feast board, complete with honeycomb for eating!
I also really love St. Helena Olive Oil Company’s Black Hawaiian Sea Salt, which makes for a very pretty presentation. Activated charcoal, often cited for its detoxifying effects, gives it a stunning color!
Have fun making your own feast board this season! For more ideas about setting up for your Thanksgiving feast, look back to The Thanksgiving Table.
Come shop for the holidays at Segreto’s Open House this Thursday!
We’ve got extended hours and 20% off all art this Thursday, November 19th, from 10am to 6pm! Come by Segreto Boutique for wine, light bites, and loads of new holiday gift items for everyone on your list. Hope to see you at the Segreto Open House!!! Have a great week!