2 of my favourite things in life are hosting and cheese, so it makes sense that we’ve hosted a few cheese and wine nights in our time.
For Christmas, we had planned to take my parents to a local cheese and wine bar, but with lockdown and everything else that happened, we hadn’t got round to it, so I suggested doing one in our garden, that way we could decide what food and drinks to get in, and have our own space to do it.
I set the garden up with the help of my letter board to make a cheese menu, some fairy bottle lights in a champagne bottle and some citronella candles to keep the midgies away.
I wanted it to be as close to the cheese bar experience as possible, so I put together two boards consisting of 6 different cheeses and 5 different meats and all the nibbles to go along with it. I absolutely love making cheese boards up, so I thought I’d share my process incase you want to wow anyone with your cheese board skills!
So let’s start, I use any platters or chopping boards available, it doesn’t matter too much, as the aim is to fill all spots of the board!I start out with pickles and relishes in small pots and jars.
Next is the cheese, cut it, slice it and put it on as a block, having the different shapes makes it look all the more inviting.
Next up is the cured meats, salamis, chorizo’s, serrano ham, even some cheeky pork pies (my dad’s fave!) again I like to mix up the arrangements, and start filing in the gaps around the relish bowls.
Now for the crackers and bread, for this occasion I had sliced French bread in a seperate bowl, but this is your board – anything goes!
Now the part I enjoy the most, putting all the extras on to fill in the gaps, grapes always look great in a bunch, and a personal favourite of mine sun-dried tomatoes. French bread, emmental cheese, chorizo slice topped with sun-dried tomatoes. Hello!
Finally, I finished with nuts and pretzels. I love the look with so many different textures, and it’s always guaranteed a wow when you bring it to the table!
My dad is the ‘wine guy’ so he brought 3 bottles that he selected to compliment the cheeses I had chosen, but if you’re like me and don’t really know much about wine, but love drinking it – just pick your fave and your still going to have a good time!
I also picked up olives, pickled onion, crisps and dips, French bread and crisp breads. I personally like it as picky as possible, and to have lots of different bits to munch on.
I hope this has given you some tips onto how to perfect your party board!I loved taken this pictures and creating the boards so will hopefully add a few more hosting posts like this to my page. Thanks for reading! ✌🏻