DIY Christmas Cheese Board for a Party

How to make a DIY Christmas Cheese board for a party complete with what cheese to buy, how to make it festive for the holidays, and more easy tips!

It’s party season which means you have a great excuse to try your hand at making a cheeseboard! I’m here to tell you that it’s one of the simplest things that you can make for a party and so many people LOVE to eat them. It’s just so much fun to dig in and try new things. I love to make these seasonal by adding very seasonal ingredients! When you combine the classics (cheese, fruit, crackers) with fun seasonal ingredients (festive shapes, holiday flavors, seasonal produce) then you have a cheese board that’s fit for an occasion!

Half of the fun of a cheese board is stacking up your crackers with different combinations of cheese, fruit, and condiments. My favorite is always a cracker with cheese plus an apple slice, a little bit of whole grain mustard, and just a drizzle of jam or honey. You’ve got to try it stacked up just like that. And trust me on the mustard even if you don’t normally like mustard. I’ve converted many-a-friend to this combo – even the mustard haters. It’s just a well-balanced bite that will leave your taste buds singing!

Easy, no-bake, party perfect, and SO great to eat. What more do you need this holiday party season?

Don’t feel like you have to have everything I have to make a cheese board! Pick up a few new cheeses, a variety of crackers, and some fun seasonal treats and get to laying out that spread.

How to make a DIY Christmas Cheese board for a party complete with what cheese to buy, how to make it festive, and more!

Tips and Tricks for Making a Christmas Cheese Board

  • There’s no wrong way to cheese board! That’s the beauty of it. You can add just about anything you’d like (such as nuts, meat, or pickled veggies) or take off anything you don’t like.
  • Thomas bought these very inexpensive cheese knives for my stocking last Christmas, and I love them! I use a few nice boards and these knives over and over again.
  • Variety is fun! Add what you like and leave off what you don’t, but try to have a nice variety to make things interesting.
  • I get most of these cheeses at the little town next to me or Costco. Don’t feel like you need to have some great cheese knowledge to pull off a cheese board. Stick with what you like! I usually include a cheese with fruit in it, a sharp cheddar, a smoked Gouda, and then something new to me. Don’t over complicate things, good cheese doesn’t have to be unpronounceable or a million dollars a pound.
  • Find Christmas treats and shapes like gingerbread men, trees, stars, and candy canes to make this board festive.

How to make a DIY Christmas Cheese board for a party complete with what cheese to buy, how to make it festive, and more!

How do you make a Cheese Board?

  • Place cheeses on board, slice one or two if you choose
  • Add condiments (jams/spreads/mustard) to board
  • Add other ingredients that are in bowls (olives, pickled vegetables, pickles) to board
  • Arrange assorted crackers/Melba toast/Sesame sticks around cheeses and bowls
  • Add any meats or fruits
  • Fill in the gaps with small seasonal items, dried fruits, nuts, candies, etc.
  • Garnish if you desire with seasonal items or fresh herbs
  • Add spoons and cheese knives and serve right away

See? Not hard at all and you have so many options to make it your own.

How to make a DIY Christmas Cheese board for a party complete with what cheese to buy, how to make it festive, and more!

 

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DIY Christmas Cheese Board for a Party


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 12-15 as an appetizer

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How to make a DIY Christmas Cheese board for a party complete with what cheese to buy, how to make it festive, and more!


Ingredients

  • cheese – I used Jarlsberg (similar to Swiss), aged Cheddar (I used a white Seriously Sharp from Cabot), a rosemary crust cheese, a simple herb and onion cheese, and a goat cheese with cranberries
  • peach jalapeno jam
  • whole grain mustard
  • Kalamata olives
  • assorted crackers/Melba toast/Sesame sticks
  • salami
  • sliced apples and peeled mandarin oranges
  • Christmas sweets such as candy canes, red and green M&M’s, chocolate covered stars, Christmas tree cookies, minty popcorn balls, gingerbread cookies, Hershey kisses
  • board
  • cheese knives

Instructions

  1. Place your cheeses on your board. Feel free to pre-slice one or two of the cheeses if you desire.
  2. Place condiments (jam and mustard) in small serving bowls (bonus points if the dishes are festive!) and place on board.
  3. Place crackers etc. around the cheeses.
  4. Add fruit and salami.
  5. Fill in the gaps with candies and other treats.
  6. Garnish with candies and small seasonal items.
  7. Serve right away.

Notes

  • Thomas bought these very inexpensive cheese knives for my stocking last Christmas, and I love them! I use a few nice boards and these knives over and over again.
  • Find Christmas shaped treats and shapes like gingerbread men, trees, stars, and candy canes to make this board festive. The little trees that aren’t cookies on my board are actually cheese crackers!
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Assemble
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cheese platter for parties, how to make a cheese platter, holiday appetizers, christmas appetizer, cheese board, how to make a cheese board

Need some more cheese board inspiration?! I have a few other posts you might like:

If this is new to you, I’d love to hear any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have! I’m all ears.

Enjoy from my kitchen to yours and happy cheese-eating, friends!

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1 Response
  1. deb c

    This looks amazing! I have never seen a cheese board in person….I’m just not the party animal I used to be. I will remember this if I ever venture out….I can dribble dehydrated goodies in all the spaces…hmmm…maybe I should make one for here!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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