Olivia: (1) Find A Focal Point:Pick a few focal points (depending on the size) or decorative items for your board to place before anything else. This can range from a ramekin of accouterments (e.g., olives, Marcona almonds, cornichons) to seasonal decorations like flowers or a mini pumpkin. Most recently, I actually used a wheel of brie as my focal point, cut out a pumpkin shape from the center, and filled it with a seasonal fig spread.
(2) Use Symmetry:I absolutely love symmetry on boards, especially where your focal point is in the center of the board. This means what you add to one side you should add to the other. However, don't be afraid to veer away from straight lines. Who doesn't love a wavy row of berries or prosciutto?
(3) Fill All Your Space: Fill extra space with fruit, nuts, herbs (my go-to’s are dill or rosemary), seasonal flowers, or themed items (pumpkin-shaped chocolates, etc.). Whatever you do, be sure you have a medley of sweet and savory flavors. I love adding a few pieces of dark chocolate to fill in my boards.