July Fourth marks the official start of the summer entertaining season in my book. In our house, the kids are finally home from school, they haven't started camp yet, and we are finally able to kick back, let loose, and enjoy good food and refreshing cocktails and mocktails with friends and family.

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Inspiring Summer Food Boards

The long weekend is upon us, and I couldn't be more ready for fun, sun, and delicious bits, bites, and sips. When it's hot out, I tend to shift my eating patterns. Instead of craving big meals, I prefer light plates, finger foods, salads, and appetizers. Don't get me wrong--I'm always game for a hearty barbecue; but, most days, I'd be happy with a plate of cheese and a glass of rosé. Bring on the charcuterie! 

Food boards are all the rage these days, and I'm excited to make a few trendy and tasty creations for the people I love. So I've rounded up a few to incite some inspiration. Alfresco entertaining at its finest. Enjoy.

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How to Make a Charcuterie Board 

Wonderful introduction to creating a food board and easy step-by-step instructions. Get the details from www.spendwithpennies.com here.

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Fresh Fruit Board 

We got this inspiration fro the With Salt and Pepper blog.

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Bagel and Lox Brunch Board

I love the idea of a breakfast board. While it's work to prepare, you can sit back and enjoy it with the crew. Get the scoop on this Bagel and Lox Brunch Board via Feed Feed.

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Date Night Appetizer Board 

Upgrade your snack plate for date night with this pretty little board. It would be perfect to take outside and stargaze. Get the details on creating this Date Night Appetizer Board via KelleyNan.

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