Cozy Night In + Our Fave Charcuterie Combos

Happiest of Mondays, friends! We had the most fun time at Parent’s Weekend, and I’m only mildly sad to be back home today. Certainly a different experience from the last time we left him at college! #praise! I don’t think Mr. SP could have handled another episode like that one!

We had some good family time, met lots of his new friends, and restocked his dorm room with snacks…so I couldn’t have asked for more. Plus, game day in Norman, Oklahoma is like nothing I’ve ever seen before! It was a blast, and I’m excited for more weekends we have planned this football season. Especially when the weather gets crispy!

Now that it’s starting to cool a little in the evenings, Mr. SP and I have started taking advantage of our new outdoor living area, and frequently steal away for a little date-night at home. Even if it’s just for 30-minutes at the end of the day, it’s a chance for us to catch-up, re-connect, and just enjoy being together.

And of course there’s cheese. Always cheese.

Wine Glass | Stemless Glass

The first thing we do at the end of the day is get cozy! I change into pajamas, joggers, cardigans…whatever feels the most cozy and soft. This Eberjay pajama set is just about the lightest, softest pair I’ve ever worn! They are a silky modal cotton with a touch of stretch, plus they stay cool. They are pure luxury and feel incredible!

Mr. SP is a t-shirt connoisseur, and he insists none fit and feel quite like Theory tees. Seems a little crazy to me, but considering tees make up much of his wardrobe, I guess it’s fair. He wears joggers around the house a lot, too, and says these are soft and lightweight.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, true to size. 

Pajama Set | White Tee | Wine Glass

But let’s be real, the best part is the snacks! I used to be intimidated by cheese boards…I mean, they even have that fancy, hard-to-pronounce name…charcuterie! But once I started creating them, I realized how quickly and easily they come together.

Most of ours are usually just a random collection of what’s in our fridge and pantry. Because really, all that matters is feeding the people you love. But even though they’re so easy to assemble, there’s something so special about the presentation that makes others feel cherished.

You could use a simple dinner plate or tray, but I love any kind of wood board. This beautiful olive wood board is the perfect size for serving just a few people.

Sugarplum Tip: Use smaller boards to make the food appear more bountiful…the goal is to squish it all in! Obviously the larger the crowd, the larger the board…but keep the idea of ‘lavish’ in mind when it comes to a charcuterie.

Olivewood Cheese Board | Cheese Knife Set | Condiment Bowl | Olive Long Bowl

Voluspa Baltic Amber Glass Candle | Olivewood Cheese Board | Cheese Knife Set | Condiment Bowl | Olive Long Bowl

Pajama Set

How to Build a Charcuterie

The goal is to mix soft, crunchy, salty, and sweet, in an easy-to-grab presentation!

Cheese / Go for a mix of soft and hard, sharp and mild

1 Hard Cheese like parmesan or manchego. I’ll preslice or crumble so people don’t struggle trying to cut it.
1 Soft cheese like mozzarella, brie & cheddar slices
1 Creamy, spreadable cheese in a small bowl. Favorites include mixing tart cherry preserves with XX, or drizzling honey over ricotta.

Meats / Roll or fold them for easy grabbing

Salami, prosciutto, pepperoni…even deli turkey or ham in a pinch! Heck, I’ve even thrown leftover chicken nuggets on!

Fruits / Mix tart and sweet, fresh and dried

Apple slices are crunchy and tart, berries are easy to grab and usually available year-round, and grapes are sweet and an easy way to fill the gaps on a board.
Dried fruit like cranberries, apricots and cherries work, too, and are fun sprinkled throughout

Crackers / It’s all about the crunch!

Do a mix of flavored and plain crackers to pair with the different cheeses and spreads. I like hearty crackers that won’t break easily, too.
Mix the shapes for a more eclectic layout…round, square, long, sticks, etc.

Condiments / Make it feel fancy!

I keep a jar of fig preserves on hand and put a little scoop in a small bowl, or even directly on the board. It adds a nice touch of sweet to the tart. Orange preserves, black cherry and chutneys are a great option, too.

Add Ons / This is where your creativity comes in! Aka, clean out the pantry!

Nuts (mixed, salted, raw, chocolate-covered, whatever), chocolate squares or candies, popcorn, chips, olives, peppers, gherkins. Basically anything you can grab with your hands that you enjoy snacking on…others will enjoy, too! Add a little herb garnish like rosemary for extra fancy.

Olivewood Cheese Board | Voluspa Mokara Large Candle | Voluspa Baltic Amber Glass Candle

Voluspa Mokara Large Candle | Voluspa Baltic Amber Glass Candle

Condiment Bowl

Olivewood Long Bowl

Pajama Set | White Tee | Joggers

Patio sources here

The food spread does most of the talking, but I do keep an assortment of boards, small bowls, and serving pieces on hand to add to the presentation. I found all these pieces at Bloomingdales, and saved a bundle thanks to their big 25% off sale & clearance event! They have a fantastic selection of home and entertainment…perfect for the upcoming holidays!

Do you do date nights at home? Do you love a good charcuterie like we do? What are your favorites to include? I’m always looking for fun, new things to throw on!


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*Photos by the darling and talented Mary Summers. This post is created in collaboration with Bloomingdales and ShopStyle, but all styling, product selections, and cheese-gorging are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*


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  1. Alison wrote:

    My boyfriend and I love to do this on Fridays and we always call it “Italian evening”, even though we live in Austria and our charcuterie usually consists of food from a variety of countries (the Austrians and Swiss really know how to do cheese). But the wine we pair with it is usually Italian, so there’s that!

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  2. C.B. wrote:

    So jealous of that outdoor area! It’s now officialy too cold here to enjoy the outdoors in t-shirts in Canada’s Capital (Ottawa) (heck, Alberta just got pelted with a record snow fall this morning O_O) but I did spend the afternoon outside in the sun yesterday and we’re hoping the addition of a propane fire pit will help us enjoy the patio a little longer into the evening. I love me a good cheese board and wine night (I am French Canadian after all) and I understand that the word “Charcuterie” may not be the easiest French word to pronounce but just for your personal knowledge, Charcuterie is actually the word we use for cold cuts (the meat you add to a cheese board). The actual term for “cheese board” is “assiette de fromage” (cheese plate). If you travel to a place they speak French and want to order a cheese board, that’s the term you’ll want to use since if you ask for “charcuterie” alone, you might end up with a plate full of meat only ;p

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  3. Kathy wrote:

    Love this post! So happy to see higher end merchandise included in your sponsorships.

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  4. Joanna wrote:

    We love date night at home. No has to drive, it costs less, and is a great way to end a busy day or week. The best part, I don’t have to get dressed up but instead opt for comfy but cute lounge wear. Put on some light jazz and open a bottle of wine. Ahhhh

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  5. Lyn wrote:

    We just returned a couple of weeks ago from a family trip to Italy – our 5 year old granddaughter even traveled with us. We loved an evening cocktail of Aperol spritz, and they always served a small sampling of potato chips, peanuts, etc. Just a nice little nibble to enjoy with our cocktails. I have a cute 3 compartment dish I use for just a snack at home.

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