I LOVE a festive board. They’re fun, easy to create and instantly make you the hostess with the mostess at your next gathering (since we’re finally doing that again!). I like to think of them as a form of creative expression as I roam the grocery aisles trying to decide what I want to pile on. Here’s how you can get into the spirit of the season with just a quick trip to the store! I found all of these ingredients in one trip to Target this week. These pumpkin spice pretzels are everything – you’ll thank me later. Note that Target may not have black Concord grapes, but blueberries can also work in their absence 🙂
Creating Your Own Pumpkin Board
- Search for your biggest round serving board or platter in your cupboard. If you don’t have one, this is a great option that I just picked up from Target this week.
- Secure your goodies with a variety of orange and black-colored snacks.
- Place the triangle eyes on the board first. This allows you to get the face started before working around them.
- Get your center. I placed a row of Cheeze-Its down the middle so that I could then work the two sides afterwards.
- Line the left side of the board with apricots, pretzels, popcorn and carrots – going around the eye. Then line the right side with whisps, puffs, goldfish, and crackers – going around the eye – until the board is completely covered.
- Add more black or orange foods to fill in any gaps – I used tictacs.
- Add black concord grapes for the pumpkin’s smile being careful not to shift the snacks below.
- Add slices of cucumber at the top of the board for the pumpkin’s stem.
- Serve ranch dressing or hummus on the side if need be for the carrots and cucumber slices.
1 large bunch of black Concord grapes
1 handful of blackberries
1/4 of a large cucumber
1 package of dried apricots
1 package pumpkin spice pretzels
1 bag cheddar cheese popcorn
1 bag baby carrots
1 box Cheeze-Its
1 bag Whisps cheese crisps
1 bag Cheeto Puffs
1 carton tictacs
1 bag goldfish
1 box Mary’s Gone Crackers
Ranch dressing or hummus to serve on the side
Note that there will be a lot of snacks left over after making just 1 pumpkin, depending on how big your board is! If you have a few smaller boards, think about making a couple of pumpkins or save the rest of the snacks for you or the kids 🙂
Additional foods that would make for great snacks: peeled clementines, cheese slices, BBQ chips, blueberries, sliced orange bell pepper, cheese balls, cheddar rice crisps.
Happy Halloween, y’all!