Trendy Boards Create a Fun, Interactive Eating Experience

These boards aren’t just pretty to look at


TikTok’s latest trend, the butter board, inspired Payton Smith ‘24 to make her own version.

Payton Smith, Contributing Writer

Whether it’s through Pinterest, TikTok or Instagram, you’ve probably noticed the new trending boards. Despite the different concepts, they all center on one thing: food. The trend takes a wooden board and places a variety of items on it, open for people to pick and choose. The charcuterie board can include a mix of things such as crackers, meats, cheeses, and nuts, while the butter board consists of butter smeared across the wooden board and coated with topping like herbs, honey, etc. If eating was boring before, there’s no way that still stands. 

After seeing these boards everywhere for the past few weeks, I needed to try them out for myself, so I spent my Sunday afternoon making (and eating) a butter board and a charcuterie board. Different from my usual dinners, the boards provided a more fun and less traditional approach to eating. The charcuterie board consisted of foods that can be eaten with your hands, which was similar to the methods of the butter board, where rather than spreading butter on bread, it became normal to dip it, providing more efficiency than having to use a knife. 

After making these boards and reading reviews on social media, I’ve determined why these boards have been trending. They offer a simpler way to eat and provide options so that you’re not sticking with one thing. It’s like putting a bunch of snacks together to form a meal. Even with the butter board, I used a variety of herbs and breads to make each bite a little bit different. 

Not only do these boards allow for something new, they also open up the field to creativity. Charcuterie boards have been around for a while, but not many people thought to take it any further than that, until the butter board. Once the butter board appeared, many more variations followed and making your own board became an activity almost as fun as eating it. I highly encourage you to explore a trendy board on your own and I hope that you enjoy it just as much as I did!