Super Easy Entertaining Food Idea for New Year’s {Cheese Boards!}

While I love to spotlight lovely interior design inspiration and timeless and tranquil home decor on Hello Lovely, I think my favorite posts to share are the personal stories from my kitchen and DIY home renovation projects. Today, I’m here to remind you of a super easy appetizer idea which works like magic during the holidays, New Year’s, or any given Tuesday.

Beautiful colorful cheese boards and charcuterie platters with wine by Hello Lovely Studio

My current obsession continues to be easy cheese, charcuterie, and graze boards for simple casual entertaining with next to no stress.

No matter what you call these platters of glory (cheese boards, cheese platters, charcuterie boards, or graze boards), it’s all delicious-speak to me! What could be easier than assembling your favorite cheeses, nibbles, and nuts and then serving them casually with wine, cocktails, or alcohol-free punch? Punch? Omg, I need to share my favorite punch for entertaining. It’s one we have been making in my family of origin for almost 50 years! Stay tuned for that easy yum how-to.

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Easy Entertaining Food Idea

Beautiful colorful charcuterie and cheese platters with apples and pears by Hello Lovely Studio
Easy Entertaining Food Idea

I assembled the cheese boards you see here for my son’s 26th birthday dinner, and you’ll find a shopping list at the end of the post. The boards are easy to find online, and here’s a lovely one made of olive wood:

I couldn’t resist snapping a still life, and you see I didn’t even bother with a fancy floral arrangement. This is a branch from the burning bush just outside the front door.

Still life with vintage door, apple, pear, and aqua bottle with branch by Hello Lovely Studio
Easy Entertaining Food Idea

 How to Assemble a Beautiful Cheese Board

1. PLATTER MATTERS. Select a beautiful board or three.

Shop for new wood or marble boards or trays with a smooth surface.

2. CHOOSE THE CHEESE. Decide on a few different varieties of cheese, charcuterie, fruits, nuts, crackers, etc.

In terms of cheese, there are honestly no rules you must abide by beyond simply choosing what you love. If a stinky cheese gives you a headache, do not consider it! I love fruit-studded cheeses, and it doesn’t hurt that they add a great variety of color. As for charcuterie, I love the ease of pre-sliced coppa, proscuitto, and salami.

3. SLICE THE LOVELY. Slice some of the strawberries, pears, charcuterie, and cheese.

If there’s any secret at all, it’s this: leave some of the fruit and cheese whole, and also slice some of it. A few strawberry, fig and pear slices will add interest and beauty to the board. Slice the charcuterie thinly (if it didn’t pre-sliced) and dice some of the cheese into bite-size chunks. Simply style apples and pears on the table around the board for color and added beauty. Prepare the grapes: with kitchen shears, cut the stems for small individual bunches.

4. JOYFULLY ASSEMBLE! Artfully arrange ingredients on the board.

Begin with the largest items (cheese, meats, crackers) and then fill in, paying attention to what pleases your eye as far as color. Have fun with it!

Serving wine with this delish? I like to leave choosing wines to Martha Stewart Wine Co

Beautiful cheese boards on white farmhouse table with wine
Easy Entertaining Food Idea; Martha Stewart Wine
Colorful tablescape with cheese boards and wine by Hello Lovely Studio
Easy Entertaining Food Idea
Peaceful vignette with vintage door, branch, and farmhouse table with cheese and wine by Hello Lovely Studio
Easy Entertaining Food Idea
Cheese platters with fruit and candlelight on a white farmhouse table by Hello Lovely Studio
Easy Entertaining Food Idea
Easy Holiday Appetizer Idea: Cheese Boards by Hello Lovely Studio
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Beautiful cheese boards and wine on a white farmhouse table by Hello Lovely Studio
Easy Entertaining Food Idea

Don’t you love an easy way to feed guests!?!


* Shopping List *

Wine – Martha Stewart French Rose

Triple creme brie, cow’s milk

Longhorn Colby – cow’s milk

Chèvre – goat milk

Canadian Cheddar – cow’s milk

Parmigiano Reggiano – unpasteurized cow’s milk

Wensleydale with Cranberries – cow’s milk

Peppered Salami, SalamiCoppaProscuitto

Kalamata olives, green olives, red and green grapes,
dried cranberries, pears, strawberries, blueberries, figs

Roasted peanuts, Smoked almonds

Assorted gluten-free crackers

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. January 1, 2018 / 7:24 am

    OMG these pictures belong on the front page of Gourmet magazine! Fabulous post…..wishing you the very best in 2018..may it be filled with much love, happiness and laughter. Cheers Michele!

    • michele
      January 1, 2018 / 9:19 am

      Thanks, Tina!!! You’re so kind, my friend. Wishing you peace and joy in 2018! xox

  2. January 1, 2018 / 7:46 am

    Happy New Year Michele! Wishing you vibrant health, love and joy in 2018❤️

    • michele
      January 1, 2018 / 9:18 am

      Thanks, Holly. Happy 2018 to you – may it bring abundant light and creativity! xox

  3. Linda Hill
    January 1, 2018 / 8:50 am

    Just Lovely!! Happy New Year!

    • michele
      January 1, 2018 / 9:17 am

      Happy New Year, Linda! Peace to you. 🙂

  4. Lisa
    January 1, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Gluten free crackers? I knew you were my sister! 🙂 Everything looks so pleasing– and it is said we eat first with our eyes, right? Hubby and I (empty nesters) do something similar about once a week, with pepperoni and salami, cheeses, gf crackers, some carrot/veggie sticks and dips. So easy and yet it feels so elegant. 🙂

    • michele
      January 1, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      Thanks for reading, sis! I so agree that cheese boards and graze boards are a super easy way to snack yet so elegant! 🙂

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