Dessert boards have been having a long moment over the past year. As the owner of a big sweet tooth, I think the moment is well-deserved. I regularly incorporate sweet elements into my cheese and charcuterie boards so making dessert board was the natural next step. I put together this Valentine’s dessert board for a night in with a few my girlfriends and Cute sweets and treat plus a bottle of wine (or two) is the perfect recipe for girls night, right? You can also do a dessert board like this one on a smaller scale for date night or double date night. Check out this guide to the perfect date night in and some date night in a box ideas for more inspo!
What to Put on a Dessert Board?
The beauty of building a cheese board, appetizer spread, or dessert board is that you can incorporate whatever you and your guests will like. I like a mixture of textures, colors, and tastes (sweet, salty, savory, etc.). Here’s what went into this Valentine’s dessert board:
- 1 Bag Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
- 1 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar
- 1 Cherry Almond Chocolate Bar
- 1 Bag Cherry Jelly Hearts
- 1 Bag Conversation Hearts
- 1 Box Heart-Shaped Cookies
- 1 Bag Red Hots
- 1 Box Smooch Cookies
- 1 Bag Wrapped Peanut Butter Hearts
- 1 Canister Pirouine Cookies
- 1 Bag Twizzlers Bites
- 1 pint Strawberries
- 1 pint Blueberries
- 10 ounces Almonds
- 10 ounces Yogurt-Covered Pretzels
- 1 Box Blue Diamond Pecan Thins
How Much Does it Cost to Make a Dessert Board?
I found all the valentine’s dessert board ingredients at my local HEB and dollar store and they totaled just under $30. Keep in mind that the full amounts of every component didn’t fit on the board I had leftovers of a few things. This is good for bigger gatherings where it’s necessary to replenish as the night goes on.
How to Build a Dessert Board
- If you’ve peeped my holiday cheese board or maybe this seasonal Trader Joe’s cheese board, you know the first step is to fill and place any ramekins. I use them for sauces or small ingredients that would be harder to grab–in this case, the almonds, conversation hearts, and red hots.
- Next, cascade the cookies. This will help give you an idea of how much space you’re working with and create boundaries for the smaller items like candy and berries.
- Then start filling in between the cookies and around the ramekins. To make your dessert board aesthetically pleasing, I recommend alternating items based on color. For example, no two red items next to each other.
- There’s no right or wrong way to build a dessert board so play with the placement of your ingredients as you see fit.
- Once you’re done, just add a bottle of wine and voila!
***I documented the whole process of building this dessert board on Instagram and you can watch the video here.
I hope this is helpful and inspires your Galentine’s or Valentine’s celebrating. Also be sure to check out how to host a Galentine’s spa night at home. Thanks for reading!
P.S More sweets for your sweetie:
A mix of classic Valentine's colors, textures, and sweet flavors
- 1 bag Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
- 1 Ghirardelli 72% cacao dark chocolate bar
- 1 Ghirardelli cherry almond chocolate bar
- 1 bag cherry jelly hearts
- 1 bag Brach's Conversation Hearts
- 1 bag Red Hots
- 1 box Smooch cookies found in the bakery section
- 1 box heart-shaped cookies found in the bakery section
- 1 bag wrapped peanut butter hearts
- 1 canister Pirouine Cookies
- 1 bag Twizzlers Cherry Bites
- 1 pint strawberries washed and pat dry
- 1 pint blueberries washed and pat dry
- 10 ounces whole Almonds
- 10 ounces yogurt-covered pretzels
- 1 box Blue Diamond Pecan Thins