Some of my favorite activities include: Sinking my toes into the warm sand while enjoying a cheese board with multiple types of jams while sipping my favorite red and laughing with my favorite people. Ok, I guess that covers about 99% of my favorite activities.This beachy styled shoot with Kelsey Muma Photography combined all of my favorite things into one! What a dreamy night it was-we had the beach practically all to ourselves! I wanted to share some simple tips on how to make a great cheese board that you can customize for any group, anywhere!
Slice it up the night before
Especially if you plan on taking this board to the beach, slicing up your cheeses ahead of time and putting them in their own baggies makes it so much easier to assemble the day-of. This is also a great tip if you’re planning to host a party-prep, prep, prep!
Always keep the staples on hand:
- A good cracker…Some of my favorite brands are Carr’s, Good & Gather, and for our Gluten-free friends, Mary’s Gone Crackers.
- A jam or two-click to see my favorites!
- Olives (Since I’m Greek, olives are a must for me, but grapes would also do!)
- Nuts-Any kind is a good kind
Start big and work down to the small stuff
I often start to build a cheese board by placing the largest items on the board first. This could be a log of goat cheese, a block of Sartori Merlot, or a tiny bowl filled with my favorite jam. Then, I fill in the gaps with nuts, fruits, and charcuterie. Finally, I always like to add in some pops of color using flowers or herbs-whatever seems to fit with the board.
Pair it with my “wine of the week”
Since we have our cheese board, we need a wine to go with it of course! Check out some of my favorite bottles that pair great with any board that won’t break the bank!
- Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc (I’ve found this one at my local Costco)
- California Roots Cabernet Sauvignon
- 19 Crimes Pinot Noir
I’d love for you to use these photos as inspiration to create a fun and unique date night or GNO! Tag me in your photos 🙂
Photography: Kelsey Muma Photography
Event Design & Styling: Emily Rae Design
Accessories: World Market & Amazon
Florals: Horrocks Market