Party Planning: Cheeseboards

There was once a time when I would go all out when hosting a game day party. My Super Bowl parties? They took months to plan. Yes, months. These days though, I’m all about making things as easy as possible. One of my favorite ways to do this is with cheeseboards. Also known as Charcuterie boards, meat and cheese boards, and…I’m sure I’m missing one. We’ll be going with cheeseboard for this post 🙂

Making a cheeseboard is really easy. It’s really just a matter of shopping your ingredients and placing them on a board. Boom. Done. Ok, maybe not that easy. If you’re like me, putting it all together in a nice and neat, color coded, manner can be a bit tricky.

Did I just admit to being OCD in that last sentence? Yes. Yes I did.

Why I insist on being so organized when it comes to putting together a cheese board is beyond me because it never matters how things are laid out. A cheeseboard promotes mindless snacking (hence why they are so good for game day parties). Meaning: NO ONE NOTICES. Not even my Pinterest-loving friends! Will I change my cheeseboard making ways, though? No. No I won’t.

Ok. Let’s talk ingredients, shall we?

We’ll start with the star of the show, cheeses

Brie, goat, and black pepper are three fantastic cheese to think about adding to your board. However, I would suggest an option for the picky eaters, cheddar typically works well for that. If not, then they should probably avoid the cheeseboard.

Let’s get to the meat of things with…meats

Don’t go too crazy, but don’t go too bland. That’s my rule of thumb for my audience. This typically results in a board with prosciutto, salami, pepperoni,

Ahh, nuts

Nothing surprising here, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews

Fruit. Just fruit

Grapes apple slices, assorted dried fruits (apricots, for example)

Gimme all the bread

Pita crackers (Trader Joes. Seriously, don’t skip these), sliced French or Italian bread, sesame bread sticks

Vegetables. If you must

Olives (the google tells me olives are technically vegatables, but I’d guess fruit if you asked me on the street), pepper slices, roasted tomatoes, etc.

So, see. Cheeseboards are not all that complicated. And even better, you can take creative liberty because…well, it’s your party 🙂

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