How to make a Festive Cheese Board
How to make a Festive Cheese Board

Creating a festive cheese board is a wonderful way to entertain guests during holidays or special occasions. A well-curated cheese board combines a variety of cheeses, accompaniments, and presentation for a visually appealing and flavorful experience. Here’s how to make a festive cheese board:



  • 3-5 different types of cheeses, including a mix of textures and flavors (e.g., soft, hard, mild, and sharp)
  • Examples of cheeses: brie, cheddar, gouda, blue cheese, goat cheese, and a local or artisanal option


  • A selection of charcuterie (e.g., prosciutto, salami, or chorizo)
  • A variety of crackers or bread, including baguette slices
  • Fresh fruits such as grapes, apples, pears, or figs
  • Dried fruits like apricots, dates, or cranberries
  • Nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, or pecans)
  • Olives (green and black varieties)
  • Jams, chutneys, or honey for drizzling
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (e.g., rosemary sprigs)
  • Mustards or dips (optional)
  • Edible flowers (optional, for a decorative touch)


1. Choose Your Cheese Selection:

  • Select a variety of cheeses to suit different tastes. Include options with varying textures (soft, semi-soft, hard) and flavors (mild, sharp, creamy).

2. Prepare the Cheese:

  • Arrange the cheeses on a large wooden board or platter. Leave some space between each cheese so guests can easily access them.

3. Add the Charcuterie:

  • Arrange slices of charcuterie (e.g., prosciutto or salami) around the cheeses on the board.

4. Arrange the Accompaniments:

  • Place a variety of crackers and bread on the board, interspersed with the cheeses and charcuterie.
  • Arrange fresh fruits (grapes, apple slices, or figs) around the board.
  • Distribute dried fruits and nuts in small piles for texture and contrast.
  • Add olives to the board for a savory element.
  • Include small jars of jams, chutneys, or honey for drizzling over the cheeses.
  • If desired, provide small bowls of mustards or dips for additional flavor options.

5. Garnish and Decorate:

  • Add fresh herbs, such as rosemary sprigs, for a decorative touch.
  • Edible flowers can be used to enhance the visual appeal of the board (optional).

6. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Set out cheese knives or spreaders for guests to use.
  • Encourage guests to sample different combinations of cheeses, charcuterie, fruits, and accompaniments.
  • Pair the cheese board with wines, sparkling water, or cocktails, depending on your guests’ preferences.

7. Refresh as Needed:

  • Keep an eye on the cheese board throughout your gathering and replenish any items that run low.

Creating a festive cheese board is all about combining flavors, textures, and presentation to delight your guests’ senses. Be creative and feel free to customize your board with your favorite cheeses and accompaniments. Enjoy your festive cheese board with friends and family during your special celebration!