Olives and pickles
Meats - the necessities:
Make sure to have at least something spicy and something mild and try to go for quality as it will leave people satisfied. Dry cured and smoked meats also have a lot of flavour, making them great options.
Cheese - the necessities:
This can be your stand out on the board! Price usually indicates quality here, so don't be shy to splash out. Start with one hard cheese and one soft cheese and take it from there if you feel like being adventurous.
Triple cream brie
Hard sheep's milk cheese
Breads - the necessities:
Try to aim for crunchy, but not crumbly biscuits and go for a combination of toasted and soft, fresh bread. Get a range of unflavoured biscuits so they do not overpower the meat and cheese flavours.
French baguette, thinly sliced
Condiments - the necessities:
This is the chance to add your personal touch. Find something local, made in nearby regions or perhaps you can pick up something when travelling to enjoy on a special occasion. These are your jams, pestos and dollops of dip.
Olive oil and dukkah
Olives and pickles - the necessities:
Don't go overboard on this one. When vegetables have been pickled, they are strong in flavour so it doesn't take much to feel like you've eaten enough. Go for marinated olives or perhaps small peppers stuffed with cheese.
Anything else - jazz up the board with something colourful and fresh - a few grapes on the stem, a handful of strawberries or even some small flowers from the garden. It's up to you how creative you want to be.