Hosting 101: Build the Cheese Board of Your Dreams

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of being a good host and having the proper food and drink options for guests when they come over. I love cooking but sometimes I just want to chill a little and a create a bomb cheese board which pairs well when you’re casually having a friends over for a glass of wine or two. I think this is a true art and I finally came across my dream chease board at Anthrolologie a few weeks back. So of course, I could not wait to bring my cheese board to life!

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Here’s what you need to build the cheese board of your dreams:

  1. A cheese board. I love my marble and brass cheese board from Anthropologie but they have many more options that may fit your particular style. Luckily, they always have a great cheese board on sale if you don’t want to spend more than $50 for one. I honestly felt like I hit the jackpot when I found mine. It was sold out online but I found it in store on clearance. PLUS, they were having an additional 40% off clearance sale. WINNING! I knew it was meant to be when I saw it and I’m glad I didn’t settle for another cheese board. lol
  2. Make it rain CHEESE. Choose a mix of cheese from a variety of textures. I stay away from stinky cheese! That’s not my thing. Here’s a list of some of my favorite cheeses that past guests seemed to enjoy: smoked gouda, brie, cheddar, pepper jack, cream cheese and maybe something fun I’ve never tried before.
  3. Add something salty (meats and other things). My go-to salty items are usually olives, pickles, prosciutto, smoked salmon, salami, salted smoked almonds and maybe pepperoni.
  4. Add something sweet. I’m not big on jams and things so I tend to add fruit like grapes or apples to my cheese boards. Fruits go really well with cheese.
  5. Add crackers. Maybe Bread. Use plain sourdough or french bread. If you’re having people over for a good amount time, people tend to get hungry and will reach for the bread. Crackers are totally up to you. I lean more towards water crackers.
  6. Fill in spaces. Fill in the spaces of your cheese board with garnishes, nuts, fruits or whatever is left over!

Happy hosting!

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