Dessert Boards

Regarding entertaining, it’s no secret that dessert is one of the essential parts of the menu. But have you ever considered presenting your desserts uniquely and creatively? Enter the dessert board – a delicious and visually stunning way to showcase your sweet treats. In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about dessert boards, from how to create one to what kinds of desserts work best.

What is a dessert board?

A dessert board is a platter or board used to present a variety of sweet treats, ranging from cakes and cookies to chocolates and candies. These boards are typically decorated with fresh fruit, flowers, or other edible garnishes and are arranged in an eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing manner.

Why choose a dessert board over a traditional dessert?

Dessert boards offer several advantages over traditional desserts. For one, they allow you to showcase a variety of treats, giving your guests more options and making it easier to accommodate different tastes and dietary restrictions. Additionally, dessert boards are often more visually appealing than traditional desserts, making them the perfect centerpiece for any occasion.

How to create a dessert board

Creating a dessert board may seem intimidating, but it’s pretty simple. Follow these steps to create your own:

Step 1: Choose your board

Start by selecting a board or platter to use as the base of your dessert board. This can be anything from a wooden cutting board to a ceramic platter – ensure it’s large enough to accommodate all your treats.

Step 2: Select your desserts

Choose a variety of desserts to include on your board. Consider the occasion, the number of guests, and any dietary restrictions when selecting. Some popular options include cookies, cakes, chocolates, candies, and fruit.

Step 3: Arrange your desserts

Arrange your desserts on the board in a visually appealing manner. Start by placing more critical items in the center and working your way outwards. Use edible garnishes like fresh fruit and flowers to add color and visual interest.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy!

It’s time to serve and savor your desserts after you’ve organized them! Let guests to help themselves by providing tiny plates and cutlery.

Tips for creating the perfect dessert board


Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when creating your dessert board:

  • Vary the textures and flavors of your desserts for maximum variety.
  • Use edible garnishes to add color and visual interest.
  • Incorporate desserts with different shapes and sizes for added visual appeal.
  • Consider the occasion when selecting your desserts – for example, a board featuring holiday-themed treats is perfect for a festive gathering.

A Delicious Conclusion

Dessert boards are the perfect way to add a touch of creativity and flair to your next gathering. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party, a birthday celebration, or a casual get-together, a dessert board will impress your guests. 

Follow these simple steps to create your dessert board and impress your guests with a visually stunning and delicious display of sweet treats. Remember to choose a board large enough to accommodate all your desserts and to vary the flavors, textures, and shapes for maximum variety.


What kind of board should I use for my dessert board? 

Using a large wooden board or platter for your dessert board is recommended. However, you can also use a slate board, marble board, or another food-safe surface large enough to accommodate your desserts.

How many desserts should I include on my dessert board? 

This depends on the size of your board and the number of guests you serve. You should include at least 5-7 different types of desserts to provide a good variety for your guests.

How do I arrange my desserts on the board?

 Start by placing more giant desserts in the board’s center, then arrange more miniature desserts around them. Vary the heights and shapes of your desserts to create visual interest. You can also add edible garnishes like fresh fruit, flowers, or nuts to add color and texture to your display.

Food stylist & founder of One Board Gal. Known for creative food tips and simple cheese board inspiration. I am dedicated to helping you bring a lot to the table by sharing tricks, tips, and education for your next gathering.



My name is Abbi and I am the CEO (Cheese Eating Officer) behind One Board Gal. I am a California native who ended up in the Midwest. How might you ask? Check out that story on our About Us page by clicking the picture of me above!


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