Charcuterie Pinata Ball

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Take your grazing boards to the next level with this creative charcuterie pinata ball. All your favorite edible meats and cheeses in a fun and delicious presentation for your next party. 

The traditional charcuterie spread is usually carefully crafted on a board or on a long piece of butcher paper for larger groups. But like all trends, it’s fun to riff on the original idea.

This pinata ball is new to the game and I am in love with this concept! It’s as much fun as our Charcuterie Bouquet and Salami Roses.

charcuterie ball with jute cord tied to hang it up

These are such a fun party idea, and could easily be incorporated with other party foods if you don’t want to go with a full-blown charcuterie meat and cheese tray. 

This unique charcuterie idea could also be used for New Year’s celebrations. You could have your own “ball drop” right in the house. 

ingredients needed to make charcuterie balls

What You Need for Charcuterie Pinatas 


  • Fruit: strawberries, pineapple chunks, blackberries, olives
  • Herbs: Rosemary and thyme sprigs
  • Meats: Salami and prosciutto
  • Cheese: Colby and pepper jack 

To Make the Ball:

How to Make a Charcuterie Ball 

Cut 4 pieces of jute cord, each piece 3 feet long. Tie them together with a knot on one end. 

Wrap the styrofoam ball with plastic wrap and place it on top of the knot. Bring the cords up around the ball, tying a knot at the top so it stays in place. Try to make sure there is equal space between the jute strings.

two image collage showing salami being folded and added to the styrofoam ball with olives

Section 1 – Add an olive onto a toothpick, followed by a folded piece of salami. Secure it into the top of the ball. Repeat until this section is fully covered. 

Section 2 – Place a sprig of rosemary down the center, and surround it with prosciutto roses and cheese cubes. Attach each piece individually with toothpicks. 

rosemary and thyme springs being attached to the ball with prosciutto, cheese, and pineapple

Section 3 – Add a couple of thyme sprigs to the center of the section. Use the strawberry halves to cover the bottom of the sprigs to form a vase shape. Then fill in the open spaces with pineapple, securing everything with toothpicks. 

Section 4 – Use the remaining berries and cheese cubes to fill in the space. 

fruit and cheese on toothpicks stuck in the charcuterie ball

Place the charcuterie ball as centerpiece on your table or suspend it over the table. 

Tips for Making and Variations 

  • Meats: You can use any meat you like. You’ll want to keep them cold before attaching to the ball because it helps them to stay together better. Ham, turkey, and pepperoni are all great options.
  • Fruits: Adding various colors makes charcuterie spreads pop, so feel free to add in other fruits such as blueberries, grapes, and oranges. You want to stay away from apples and bananas as they have a tendency to turn brown really quickly when sitting out. 
  • Depending on the size of your styrofoam ball, you can make any size you would like
  • Use toothpicks that have a blunted end so guests don’t stick themselves when they go in for a snack. 
fruit and cheese being added to the charcuterie ball with toothpicks

What to Serve with Charcuterie 

Even though charcuterie is primarily meat and cheese finger foods, you can pair them with other party snacks and appetizers for a heartier snack or meal. Here are some of our favorites to serve with charcuterie:

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close up of a charcuterie ball with meat and olives with text overlay

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charcuterie ball with jute cord tied to hang it up

Charcuterie Pinata Ball

Take your grazing boards to the next level with this creative charcuterie pinata ball. All your favorite edible meats and cheeses in a fun and delicious presentation for for your next party. 
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Course: Appetizer, Brunch, Holiday Treats, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Lori @ A Reinvented Mom


  • 1 pint strawberries, halved
  • 1 can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 package salami
  • 1 package prosciutto
  • Colby jack cheese cubes
  • Pepper jack cheese cubes
  • Black & green olives


  • Cut 4 equal pieces of jute cord, each about 3 feet long, and tie them together with a knot at one end.
  • Wrap the styrofoam ball with plastic wrap. Place the ball on top of the knot and bring the 4 cords up around the ball, leaving an equal distance between the cords. Tie cords tightly at the top of the ball with another knot or 2 to secure the ball in place. You should have 4 equal size sections of open space on the ball
  • Section #1: fold salami as shown and place an olive on top. Press a toothpick through and secure it to the top of one of the sections on the ball. Repeat this process until the section is completely full.
  • Section #2: place a rosemary sprig winding down the center and surround it with rolled prosciutto roses and cheese cubes, securing each item individually with a toothpick.
  • Section #3 (fruit): place a couple of thyme sprigs in the center of the section. Add strawberry halves over the bottom of the sprigs to form a vase shape and fill in the remaining space with pineapple chunks, securing everything with toothpicks.
  • Section #4: randomly place strawberry halves, pineapple chunks, blackberries, and cheese cubes until the space is full, securing items with toothpicks.
  • Carefully suspend over a buffet table or leave a little open space on the bottom of the ball and use as a table centerpiece.


  • Swap out ingredients based on your preferences.
  • Nutritional information will vary based on ingredients used and quantities.
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