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When it comes to entertaining for Mother’s Day, there are no set rules that say it has to be a multi-course meal. There’s something magical about serving a well thought out charcuterie board that will “wow” your guests. This year, I decided to invite my favourite family moms over for an intimate gathering.

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One thing I have learned over the years, is that a beautiful presentation, good company, wine (or signature cocktail), fun conversation and a cozy tablescape is exactly what I want when entertaining. Toss in a giant charcuterie board packed to the brim, with a little dessert, and all your moms will be happily satisfied.

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It’s so simple to host a charcuterie party like this one!

Follow these steps below and you’ll be on your way to an effortless Mother’s Day party your guests will LOVE!

Here’s how I put this together. The main meal at your party is the board, so you will need at least a 4 oz. serving of meat per person, a good assortment of crackers, breads, cheeses, dips, olives, fresh and dried fruits, berries, nuts and preserves.

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Don’t be afraid to choose cheeses that are a bit decadent. I love tasting samples at the local cheese market counter. Always include a variety of soft and hard cheeses. Buy a nice mix of meats to fancy up your board as well. Some examples are prosciutto, smoked turkey, sopressata and mortadella.

Serve some red wine and a delicious spring signature drink, as well. I loved this Martha Stewart Pink Grapefruit Cocktail, which was a perfect choice for flavour and the colour scheme of the tablescape.

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And speaking of tablescapes, I created a cozy and relaxed atmosphere by making a low table out of raw wood crates that you can find at any big box store.

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Depending on how many guests you are entertaining, you can judge the amount of crates you will need to make the table a comfortable size. For six guests, I used nine crates. Toss around a few pillows in soft hues and add fluffy rugs for extra comfort and a fun look.

Blending with the mood board of soft pink, peach, lilac, coral and white, I made DIY placecards with 2″x 4″ inch marble tiles that were leftover from my kitchen renovation. I painted them with Martha Stewart Watercolor Craft Paints, to give them a wispy effect.

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This was super easy to do, and your guests can take them home as a keepsake from the celebration. Fresh flowers and greenery! This truly was the easiest and prettiest part of the decor! Local markets always have a great assortment of fresh foliage at this time of the year.

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If you live in a warmer climate, why not take advantage of fresh blooms off neighbouring trees? I chose some beautiful mums for the mums. Perfect selection for keeping within the theme of the day.

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To contrast with the raw wood crates, I like to set the scene with formal tableware and glassware. There is nothing better than a pretty tablescape. I used an assortment of linen table runners, decorative items and vintage napkin rings to complete the look.

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Don’t forget to allow the charcuterie board to be the centre of attraction on the table. Let your guests snack, drink and cheer all the moms today and everyday!