Welcome to week one of Home*School, a month of home-related education hosted by Mysa Home Styling! This first week is all about one of my very favorite topics… hospitality and entertaining. If you’ve been following my blog or social media for very long, you know that I truly love talking about hospitality and how it can look in our busy lives… so this week of exploring that more with you all is such a treat! Before we dive in, let me invite you to enter to win a mug with a reminder to love each other, and to like the Mysa Facebook page and follow along on Instagram to not miss out on one moment of Home*School.
Today I wanted to share with you one tip to up your entertaining game, and I think it will make hosting feel like so much more of a special occasion, while cutting down on your time in the kitchen!
Enter, the cheese and charcuterie board. These bad boys can take a spontaneous gathering from everyday to unforgettable, and they don’t take much at all to master! I’ll often throw together a cheese board from things I already have in the fridge, like the one pictured above that served as lunch on Labor Day.
So without further ado, here are some of the key ingredients to a great cheese or charcuterie board!
- A cutting board, tray, or platter
- Serving utensils
- Small bowls and plates
Cheese & Meats
You’ll want both hard and soft cheeses, as well as mild and bold flavors. If you want your board to be a charcuterie board (rather than just a cheese board), you’ll want to add some meat options. Some great meats for this are salami, smoked salmon, prosciutto, and other cured meats.
You’ll want to include an assortment of accompaniments, such as:
- Jam, Honey, Dips, Hummus
- Fruit, Veggies, Olives
- Nuts, Chocolate
- Crackers, Bread, Chips
One things to keep in mind as you build your board is to have a variety of texture, color, height, and flavors (sweet, spicy, savory). This helps keep things interesting, and ensures that you’re probably hitting all the food groups. Above all, be creative, have fun with it, and don’t stress out!
And that’s it! feel free to arrange your board however suits your fancy, and prepare to awe guests with your magical hostessing powers! We’ll keep it between us that it’s really not that tricky, k? 😉