Traditionally viewed as a platform for the presentation of meats, cheeses, olives, and fruits, charcuterie boards possess a versatility that extends far beyond conventional expectations. In this blog post, we delve into five applications that elevate the utility of these decorative boards, presenting creative avenues that add considerable value to your lifestyle.

1. Table Centerpiece Elegance:

   Position a charcuterie board as an ideal centerpiece for your social gatherings, providing a refined foundation for candles, flower vases, tealights, or thematic decorations. The possibilities are virtually limitless.

2. Popcorn Presentation:

   Transform movie night into a culinary event by fashioning a popcorn board. Arrange popcorn, flavorings, toppings, and snack pairings in an artful and festive manner.

3. Beverage Display:

   Employ charcuterie boards of various sizes to elegantly showcase beverage options at your gatherings. This not only adds a creative touch to drink presentation but also safeguards your tables from unsightly water rings.

4. Tea Time Sophistication:

   Elevate your tea parties by utilizing a decorative board to organize tea bags, honey, cream, sugar, and the essential teapot. This imparts a special and distinctive flair to your tea-time social affairs.

5. Versatile Snack Ensemble:

   The quintessential snack board—whether featuring charcuterie, nuts, cheeses, fruits, or sweet treats—elevates your event to the status of town talk.

How will you incorporate a charcuterie board into your next event? The options span from butter boards to dip boards, centerpieces to desserts. Unleash your creativity!

Should you find yourself in need of a quality charcuterie board for your entertaining needs, we invite you to check out our Etsy store and acquire yours today.

View the video of the sample boards here:

A Step-by-Step Guide with Creative Ideas and DIY Inspiration

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Visit Erickson Designs Etsy store to purchase the gift items seen here.

Crafting the perfect gift basket for someone special in your life is all about personal touches. Consider their style - how do they decorate? What colors resonate with them? Are they into tea or coffee, or perhaps they enjoy the cozy glow of candles? Answering these questions will guide you in curating a thoughtful selection for your customized gift basket.


For instance, let's dive into an example. I've opted for a handmade coil crochet basket as the foundation for my gift basket, and I'm tossing in a mason jar with a handpainted lid, tea bags, a delightful chocolate bar, a charming tea towel, a heart shaped trinket dish, and hand-painted butter paddle.


Now, let's talk about the art of arranging these goodies to make your gift basket truly pop. Grab some tissue paper, shreds, a gift tag (maybe a watercolor-painted one), and a bit of ribbon – these will be your tools for creating a unique and beautiful display. Don't worry if it takes a few tries to nail the arrangement. I'll share some photos of how I've jazzed up my gift basket to give you some inspiration.


The next decision is a fun one – do you want to keep the contents a mystery by wrapping the basket, or do you want them to peek at the treasures right away? It's entirely up to you.


And because I'm all about sharing the love, I've thrown in a video demonstrating how I put together my gift basket, along with handy links to where I snagged the fantastic items featured in it. Let's make gifting an art!

Our Etsy shop is always full of new and unique gifts that would be a wonderful addition to any gift basket.

View the how-to video here:

Happy Wednesday! This week I want to share with you how to create your own mason jar gift basket! Gift giving is an art and to give the perfect gift you must think about the person you are giving it to and what they might enjoy. What could be more perfect than filling a mason jar with gifts chosen just for that person.

In the following tutorial I will give you a few ideas on how to create a mason jar gift basket. But the sky is the limit, well actually the size of the mason jar would be the limit, have fun and think outside the box, or should I say jar.

Step One: Purchase your mason jar in any size you would like to fill. Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Wal-Mart, among many other stores, are good places to find these. If you are like me you already have dozens around your house.

Step Two: Visit www.bethannerickson.etsy.com to purchase a pre-designed mason jar wrap. The wraps are instant downloads that you print at home and then wrap around the outside of the mason jar to help set the tone of your gift.

Step Three: Trim the print to the correct size, tape one end to your mason jar and wrap around until it meets the other end and tape together to hold in place. (At the time of writing this tutorial our mason jar wraps did not fit around the quart size jars, we have now added a 14 inch file to all the listings on Etsy, but you will need a printer that can print on larger paper than 8.5x11 to be able to use them.)

Step Four: Fill your mason jar with the appropriate gifts for the recipient.

Examples :

Pedicure Kit: Nail polish (1-3 bottles), nail clippers, nail file, toe separators and any other nail care items you think they might enjoy.

Shaving Kit (Men): Small bottle of shaving cream, new razor and blades, small bottle of aftershave and any other useful shaving items.

Movie Night (Men and Women): Candy, popcorn, popcorn seasoning shaker, gift card to purchase a new movie.

Coffee Lover (Cold Brew Set): Cold brew Mason jar kit (Can be purchased at www.etsy.com/shop/CoffeeSockCo. A special thanks goes out to CoffeeShock Co. for offering to send me a ColdBrew filter to try out. As soon as I receive it I will post a blog about how it works and pictures of a completed Coffee Lover Gift Set.), coarse ground coffee, mini bottles of coffee syrups or simple syrups. (There are various recipes online for making your own simple syrup coffee flavors. They are also sold on Etsy.)

Tea Lover: Nut bag Tea Filter (for sun tea), Loose leaf tea, tea bags, instructions for making sun tea (www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/sun_tea), honey sticks (Can be purchased on Etsy or other local retailers.)

Date Night: movie tickets, restaurant gift card, pre-Movie date activities (search online and write them on colorful pieces of paper).

Artist: Mini Colored Pencils, mini sketch pad, small tubes of watercolor paints, watercolor pencils, watercolor brushes

There are so many more ideas; I could go on and on. I am sure you can come up with your own unique ideas. The key to the art of giving: It’s all about the recipient! Who are they? What are their hobbies? What do they enjoy? Focus on them and your gift will turn out perfect.

Thank you so much for reading our tutorial and don't forget to sign up to receive the blog in your inbox each week and we will send your a discount code good at our Etsy shop. Visit www.bethericksondesigns.com//beth-ann-erickson-designs to sign up!

BONUS IDEA:

Another wonderful use for mason jars to save money for special trips and/or purchases as shown in the example here of our Road Trip Fund Jar.

Coming Next Week: Mug Love: Mug Cakes as Gifts & more (WITH A FREE DOWNLOAD).

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