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Birthday Candy Charcuterie Board

Birthday Candy Charcuterie Board

Everyone has a birthday. Seemed like a no-brainer to share a birthday celebration idea or two here on the blog. When I got the idea to put together a Birthday Candy Charcuterie, I got pretty excited. I wanted to make it all birthday cake color themed which means pink and blue candies and treats galore. These little things make me all giddy. Hoping this list of all the perfectly colored birthday inspired mini cakes, cookies and candies for a dessert board or tray will help you plan the perfect celebration. This is definitely the ultimate birthday candy charcuterie board filled with the best sweet treats and birthday-inspired eats.

dessert tray with birthday treats

If you're looking for birthday dessert ideas or a birthday cake alternative, this colorful dessert board is just perfect. This list of perfectly selected goodies is going to be a crowd-pleaser! 

BIRTHDAY PARTY FOOD CANDY CHARCUTERIE

It's not always easy to come up with unique birthday food ideas and that's what makes this dessert charcuterie such a great idea. You can mix and match, omit or add your favorite candies, hand-held cakes and cookies.

You can easily customize this for the birthday boy or girl by adding their favorites or by choosing treats inspired by the decade they were born. There are so many fun options! Perhaps the best part about these birthday food ideas are good for both kids and adults. Score.

Candy and cake charcuterie board

I happen to think this is one of the best birthday party ideas around. When it comes to planning birthday party food, I tend to lean towards whimsical ideas. Indulgent treats that you might not enjoy very often. 

HOW TO CHOOSE A TRAY OR BOARD

Your guest list will help you to know which size tray or board you'll need. The more people who are coming, the larger tray you will want. Alternately if you have multiple party tables, you might want to prepare one for each table. 

If you are looking for really large trays, they are harder to find. I've found the really big ones at Pier 1, custom made on Etsy and then a simple one like the one that I used at my local party store. For only $4, I have no regrets on this one vs the latter which are a pretty penny.

Tray of candies with Cotton Candy Pop Rocks

PASTEL BIRTHDAY CANDY AND TREATS

Here are some fun options to fill your board/tray with. Get the links and printable list below.

  • Pastel Gummy Candies
  • Pastel Marshmallows
  • Pink & Blue Wrapped Candies and Chocolates
  • Pastel Lollipops
  • Pastel Gum Balls
  • Pastel Sprinkle Mixes
  • Birthday Candle
  • Cookies & Cakes with Sprinkles & Pastels
birthday candy charcuterie

TIPS FOR SETTING UP A CANDY CHARCUTERIE

After you choose your candy, mini-cakes and cookie selections, spread them out evenly over your tray or board. 

For the most attractive outcome, alternate textures and colors when you lay out your sweets.

birthday platter with pretty colored cakes and candies

Use smaller dishes and containers to divide treats and add more visual interest.

Pop Rocks and other pink and blue themed candies and treats.
birthday charcuterie with candy, cakes and cookies

Add sprinkles and/or smaller candies in between everything to make the board feel more full and look prettier.

Pink kit kats, cakes, mother's animal crackers.

For the perfect final touch, add a Happy Birthday Candle or sign to the board.

WHAT ARE BIRTHDAY CAKE ALTERNATIVES?

What if you don't want to serve a birthday cake? What if your birthday guest doesn't like cake? What if you stink at baking?

If you have ever asked any of these questions, you have come to the right place. A birthday charcuterie board is your answer.

They are great birthday cake alternatives for adults and children. 

They are superior to a traditional cake because they can easily be customized and offer a wider variety of treats and desserts to choose from.

As a result, candy boards are great birthday cake alternatives for adults and children.  You can make them more playful and colorful or more simple if the occasion calls for it.

In addition to just candy, you can add matching small bite desserts as well such as Cake Bites, Mini Cupcakes and many other small items found at your local bakery or bread aisles at your grocery store.

Best Candy Charcuterie Boards

Find the best candy charcuterie boards for every occasion on the Cutefetti blog.

DESSERT CANDY BOARDS

Candy board made with all heart-shaped candies and chocolates.

Cookie DIY cookie decorating tray is a dessert and a party activity rolled into one.

Easy cookie tray using all store-bought cookies.

birthday candy and cake buffet
dessert tray with birthday treats

Birthday Candy Charcuterie Board

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Best birthday party charcuterie board with pastel candy. cakes and cookies.

Ingredients

  • POP ROCKS Popping Candy, Cotton Candy
  • Kit Kat Miniatures Candy - Pink
  • Pastel Gummy Bears
  • Puffy Poles Pink & White Jumbo Marshmallow Twists
  • Puffy Poles Light Blue & White Jumbo Marshmallow Twists
  • Pink, Blue & White Swirl Lollipops
  • Pink Mini Twisty Lollipops
  • Yum Yum Marshmallow Cones
  • Sugared Rainbow Gummy Triples
  • Shimmer Powder Blue Color It Gumballs
  • Shimmer Light Pink Color It Gumballs
  • The Original Cakebites, Ultimate Party Cake
  • Pillsbury Confetti Big Cookies, prepared
  • Pastel Sprinkles of Choice
  • Sweetworks Celebrations Shimmer Pastel Hearts
  • Meri Meri Pink Happy Birthday Candle

Instructions

  1. Choose your size tray or board based on how many guests you are serving.
  2. Spread your candy, mini-cakes and cookie selections out evenly over the tray/board.
  3. Alternate colors and textures to make a more interesting looking board.
  4. Divide treats out by putting some into smaller dishes and containers.
  5. Spread smaller candies or sprinkles around the main treats to create a full and attractive tray/board
  6. Add a Happy Birthday Candle or sign as a final touch.

The best thing about this birthday cake replacement is that you don't need any special baking skills and that it is a completely show-stopper.

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Let me know if you make one, I would love to see it!

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