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Casual Entertaining: How to Make a Gorgeous Cheese Tray

I confess that I don’t do much entertaining these days. When I do, it’s usually a casual get-together with friends. I will set out a bottle of wine, place some cheese and crackers on a tray, and call it a day.

Maybe when the kids are older and out of the house, I’ll have more time to host fancier gatherings, but for now, I enjoy the casual comfort of these informal get-togethers.

I’ve been trying to collect pretty and interesting serving pieces so that at least I have a nice way to display my standard fare, and I try to pay attention to presentation.

One fun and easy way to present cheese and crackers is on a cutting board. I love this method. It lends a casual, rustic vibe to your gathering, and it fits my easy approach to entertaining.

Here’s how easy it is to style a cheese board. I like to elevate the standard cheese and crackers by adding a few extra yummies like olives, sliced cured meats, honey, and/or fruit. Take a look.

A beautiful Antipasto presented on an artisan olive cutting board makes a gorgeous rustic dish for casual entertaining!

Using various vehicles for your food, at parties especially, makes for such a pretty presentation. Use cutting boards of different textures and styles, slate cheese plates, cake stands, trays, and anything you can thing of. Make one large station or scatter offerings about. That’s what I’ve been trying to do more of lately, and I’m having fun with it.

Having a beautiful cutting board is key. Of course, you can use any old thing, and I’ve done that plenty of times, but I’m super excited about my new olive wood carver board, gifted from CuttingBoard.com.

Olive Wood Carver Board

Isn’t that stunning!? It’s handcrafted from olive wood from Spain.

The carved juice groove and pourer is perfect for carving meats, but then I can flip it over and use it as a serving tray for bread, or for a cheese and antipasto platter as shown above.

Each board is completely unique and handmade to follow the natural contours of the wood. Many thanks to CuttingBoard.com for my gorgeous new cutting board!

A beautiful Antipasto presented on an artisan olive cutting board makes a gorgeous rustic dish for casual entertaining!

Happy entertaining!!

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32 thoughts on “Casual Entertaining: How to Make a Gorgeous Cheese Tray

  1. I love entertaining with meats and cheeses, it’s simple and everyone enjoys it. I’ve been using plates and bowls to display but this board look so classy, love it!

  2. Love your new cutting board! As an Illinois resident, I would love to have a board made by John Boos, an Illinois company.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Checking out the website and I’m surprised by how many different boards there are. A person could become addicted to collecting all those gorgeous boards! I love using the few I have for serving…gives a light meal or snack a casual, yet classy feel. Love the way you served yours up. Gorgeous! 🙂

  4. I love a good cheese tray and I have been thinking that I need a wooded cutting board…just wasn’t sure about the maintenance.

  5. I love the cutting board,, I have a few vintage ones that I have sitting on my counter and this one would look amazing with them

  6. Thank you for doing this post. We moved recently and I need to start doing small gatherings to help us meet our neighbors. These cutting boards are beautiful. I appreciate your friend putting together the food to give others an idea of how easy it is to make the ordinary extra-ordinary.

  7. Wow with that beautiful cutting board you will definitely impress your guests no matter what you place on it

  8. I am a big cheese, meats and crackers fan and this cutting board would help me make my usual presentation fancier.

  9. I’m the worst with entertaining in terms of decor, but food, I’m golden! I need this board for my cheese asap! I’ve used a cheese plate, but it’s not as pretty as this!! Gorgeous!

  10. I love how the cheeses and others foods are displayed on the cutting board! It makes easy snacks look upscale and refined.

  11. What beautiful cutting boards!! We could really use one of these – I might have to buy one even if I don’t win.

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