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Elevate Your Everyday: Coffee and Tea Snack Board

August 07, 2020
by Michael

Entertaining and Recipes Kitchen and Dining

These days most of us are spending more time at home. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be boring or bland! Inspired by HomeGoods’ Gourmet Food section, I’m sharing a beautiful and delicious snack idea you can recreate at home to liven up your routine.

As I recently strolled down the Gourmet Food section aisles, I saw so many things I wanted to try. This post is about a coffee-inspired snack board, but if this kind of tasty sweet treat isn’t your thing, HomeGoods has lots of other delicious options. While I was there, I also picked up pasta, tomato sauce, and high-quality olive oil to have a fun Italian night. Pasta is a favorite of mine, and the selection did not disappoint. I can’t wait to experiment with several new recipes.

Ok, back to what I created here. I thought you might enjoy seeing how simple it is to put together a delicious and beautiful spread that requires zero cooking or baking. You can serve this for a breakfast, brunch, or mid-afternoon snack.

Below, I’ll be walking you through how I set up and styled my board. Please know these ideas can be used to create any sort of snack board: cheese, desserts, fruit, and so on. You’re only limited by your creativity.

Before we get started, take a look at my delicious haul. This is going to make a lovely board.Let’s get started!

How To Create A Coffee and Tea Snack Board

1. Create the Setting

Since you’re putting together a board, you’ll want to start with a good base and small containers. I got all of these items at HomeGoods. I used a cutting board, which makes a good base for big spreads like this. Then, keeping in mind what I would be serving, I added bowls and glasses.

Although I try to create an appealing set-up from the start, I’m also flexible as I start adding the goodies. Being willing to make changes and arrangements to the arrangement, contents, and containers will yield the best results.

2. Add the Larger Elements

I find it helpful to place the largest elements first and work around them. As you can see, I first added some of the larger cookies and treats. I spread them out in different sections of the board to keep it interesting.

3. Fill In with Different Shapes and Textures

When you’re considering the elements for your board, remember that variety is the spice of life. Select items of different sizes, shapes, colors, flavors, heights, and textures. This will instantly make your board look more interesting and inviting.

Looking around my board, you can see the unique variety of things I’ve selected. Like me, you probably want to try a nibble of each one.

4. Add Color and Freshness

Since the bulk of items on my board were baked goods in shades of brown, I knew another element was needed to give the board more color. That’s why I included a variety of berries. I even tucked in a few sprigs of mint for a touch of green.

5. Fill In and Spill Over

I think the perfect finishing touch on any board is using one smaller element for “filling in and spilling over.” For my Coffee and Tea Snack Board, I chose small almond cookies. I scattered them around the board where there were “holes” and let a few hang over the edge and onto some of the other treats.

This makes the board look full and give it lots of movement and interest. Also, using the same element across the entire board helps tie everything together.

That’s a wrap!

With the addition of the almond cookies, the snack tray was complete. I think it turned out beautifully! And aren’t those flowers the perfect backdrop? I picked them up at a local flower shop.

All that’s left to do is pour the coffee, sit back, and enjoy!

Visiting the Gourmet Food aisles at HomeGoods is a must anytime I’m in their stores. I always leave with new goodies and lots of inspiration to experiment in my kitchen.

If you’re looking to step away from your routine and elevate your everyday, I’d say a trip to HomeGoods is in order. Happy shopping!