Cheese Please

Well here is the first “hosting” post!

Last Friday I decided to have the ladies over for a wine and cheese party, which turned out to be a success; but then again most things are when wine and cheese are involved….

As per usual, I skipped over to the West Side and hit up my beloved Trader Joe’s.


The Cheese:

  • Mild – Double Cream Brie and Chevre
  • Blue – Gorganzola
  • Semifirm – Manchego
  • Super-aged – Smoked Gouda

Tip – Five cheeses may not seem like a lot, but it is! You’ll be surprised to find out that it serves at least 12 people. (This girl will be living off of cheese for the next week)

Sides & Spreads:

  • Prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Basil Pesto
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Apple slices (Gala)
  • Crackers (wheat, cracked pepper, veggie and white)
  • Sliced French Baguette

Tip – Get creative with your sides! Apple slices were a great light alternative to constantly munching on crackers. Next time I’ll be including vegetables as well.

Creating the Cheese Board:

  •  The cheeses were paired with the corresponding knives, so it went soft cheeses (left) to hard (right)
  • Using some tan card stock and toothpicks I created labels for the cheese
  • Cranberries and apple slices were spread between the cheeses
  • The meats were arranged on a wooden tray (the roomie is vegetarian so I wanted to keep it separate)


For the final touches I simply lit a few unscented candles and arranged Sweet Peas and yellow Mums into vases and mason jars.


Hosting a wine and cheese night is a lovely alternative to a traditional dinner party. It gives the you the opportunity to sit and enjoy your guests company instead of keeping track of what’s cooking.



About kdsanta

Hello there! My name is Kate (if you hadn't already guessed), I live in Manhattan with my two kittens and tiny kitchen.
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