Tinned Fish Board + Mocktails.

Tinned Fish Board

Tinned Fish Board + Mocktails

A couple weeks ago, I had a few friends over for an impromptu post-work pool happy hour. We have all felt like we’d been eating and drinking far too much but wanted to get together. (It was my first time having my girlfriends over the pool!) My usual wine + cheese board combination was (literally) off the table so it was time to get creative. I decided to serve mocktails and try my hand at making a tinned fish board. Today on reels you will see that, but I wanted to write a little post about it with all the details, as I was thrilled with how everything turned out!

PS – My supersized wooden board is the best for entertaining. I highly recommend, you will be surprised how often you use it! Most of the little spoons and spreaders are vintage, passed down from my mom.

How to Make Tinned Fish Board

Here is what I used to make my own little tinned fish board.

Tinned Fish:
  • Fishwife Anchovies in Spanish EVOO
  • Fishwife Sardines with Hot Pepper
  • Fishwife Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil
  • Ekone smoked oysters
  • Fishwife Smoked Salmon with Sichuan Chili Crisp
  • Bella Sardines

I like the Fishwife brand a lot but truthfully bought because they’re easy to get on Whole Foods delivery. I have been having fun branching out… another brand I really like is Siesta Co!

  • A block of feta cheese
  • Toom Garlic dip (this is so good)
  • Really good butter with herbs (I bought this at Whole Foods! And no it is not boursin or cheese; that would be kinda gross!)
  • Cornichons
  • Jeff’s Garden Pickled Veggies
  • Pickled red onion (I didn’t have but think it would have been a nice addition to the board)
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Baguette, sliced
  • Radishes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Lemons cut into wedges
  • Cucumbers peeled + cut into spears.
Anchovies in Olive Oil

My friend Curry brought over these AMAZING party sized anchovies. It is funny as prior to the party, I’d placed a larrrgggge order with Siesta (their yuzu tuna belly is what got me) I love this company and these are just spectacular.

Ghia mocktails


I don’t like to be drunk but wine is one of my greatest pleasures! Still, I have definitely cut back on how much alcohol I drink, simply because I am 42 and cannot hang the way I once could! There are nights where I want a little treat at the end of the day but I’m home alone or don’t feel like drinking. For me, I’ve never been a dessert person but I have loved a nightly glass of red wine. The mocktail has replaced that for me.

Or in this case, my girlfriends and I had been out quite a bit for all of the Spoleto things. Drinking mocktail spritzes was the perfect compromise… more fun than water or seltzer but booze-free. I love Ghia. My favorite thing to drink from them is the original. I make it like an Aperol Spritz (sort of).. doing maybe 2-3 oz + call it 6-8 oz. of seltzer. The Ghia cans are also delicious and super easy as you just pour over ice.

Lapos Non-Alcoholic Negroni

My friend Pamela brought over these phony negronis. So good.

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  1. Rita:

    This looks delicious and beautiful, stealing this idea. Great for summer ( although it’s winter here) so light and a nice change to the charcuterie board. I recently had tinned mackerel for the first time (purchased for the packaging) and they tasted so good.

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    • grace at the stripe:

      Let me know how it goes!

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  2. m:

    I love this idea. I’ve started turning to seafood when I’m feeling landlocked and far between summer beach vacations. I particularly love smoked or cured salmon and tuna in olive oil. It’s so much healthier than pork and all heavy cheese. These photos are so pretty!

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    • grace at the stripe:

      I love that! It’s such a treat.

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  3. Lynn:

    This looks super delicious Grace. I too cannot handle as much Alcohol as I could in my thirties and forties when I went out with friends. This was long ago but…,,,Once I had a terrible experience . My drink was drugged. Thanks to my good friend , I was lucky and okay and reported it. Fast forward, I never again put my drink down in a Bar restaurant.while talking and then turned around. I like to be aware and have fun too but not be drunk. So good that you have supportive friends that feel like you do. I wish I liked wine. I like the fattening sweet drinks. Just aged myself lol.

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  4. Carrie S.:

    This is such a great idea! Did you mix the butter with the fresh herbs? I’m not sure I can see how it was used in the photos. I’m stealing this for a 4th of July spread in our new home!

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    • grace at the stripe:

      It came like that – bought at Whole Foods. I don’t remember the name of the brand but it was french butter with herbs. I definitely didn’t mix it up myself!

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