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Party Styling: The mega cheese platter!

This cheese plate looks like an oversized cheese platter! In this post I will share my styling tips for a cheese dessert table or buffet, just like to one on the photo with a simple, beautiful and rustic look. I wanted to showcase a savory dessert table, which you as a host can serve at one of your exciting occasions with some cocktails or like the French do… serve with a glass of Port. I think this big cheese buffet looks like a lot of fun! It allows your guests to mingle with your other guests and choose their own favorite cheese selection. The buffet is packed with a variety of hard, soft and creamy cheeses, fruits, spreads, bread and crackers, there is something tasteful for each of your guest if you follow these tips.

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There are about thousands of cheeses from all over the world to choose from! So how do you narrow it down to a selection for your cheese platter? I am no cheese expert, so I went to my local cheese store and asked for advice. I was surprised and relieved at the same time, I was told ‘There are no rules in cheese plates!’. How wonderful is this. What I actually learned is that you should have a good balance of strong to mild flavors and soft to hard textures. Get two goat’s cheeses and at least one blue cheese. So I came to the following selection, oh and about 100 gr. of each is a good consensus per guest.

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A good selection of cheeses would include:

 

  • Hard cheeses , for example: Old Amsterdam, Manchedgo, Emmentaler
  • Goat cheese, for example: Monte Enebro or Le Chevrot
  • Creamy and soft cheeses, for example: Brie, Camembert Port Salut
  • A rich blue cheese, for example: Shropshire blue (like Stilton but a bit more intense) or Gorgonzola
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Arrange your cheese platter with at least five of the below pairing ideas:

 

  • - Rustic sourdough bread, crackers and/or baguettes
  • - Dried dates
  • - Fresh figs
  • - Grapes
  • - Pears in syrup (click here for recipe)
  • - Selection of nuts (walnuts, brazil nuts, pecans, and cashew)
  • - Honey
  • - Chutney
  • - Charcuterie
  • - Crudités
  • - Mini shrimp cocktail
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How to style this party:

  • - To get the traditional wooden cheese platter look, try to get your hands on a large wooden shelf and place this over two barrels or just on top of your table.
  • - Use wooden boxes and old pots to create raised platforms for some of the dishes.
  • - Prepare dish labels for the event, for each serving line. You can download free tent cards here.
  • - Put small plates at the beginning of the table and napkins and silverware at the end.
  • - Try to group certain items together; fruit choices together, breads all on one side, chutneys and honey on another side etc.
  • - Set out small saucers in front of each serving dish for the utensils and cheese knives.
  • - Set up a separate table with drinks on it for the number of people that you expect. Make sure you have a good selection of pairing wines, port, water and soda’s.

I hope these tips are useful and I am eager to hear from you and your ideas on how you plan and style your party buffets.

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