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.

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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)

Cheese

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

Spread

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.

Xo.

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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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