Today I want to show you these festive cheese boards I created for my client, Castello Cheeses Canada. They are perfect for holiday entertaining because they are so stunning but are deceptively easy to put together, leaving you more time to spend with your loved ones this holiday season. What’s more, each board can be created with a unique theme in mind and tailored to specific diets. Cheese boards are definitely one of my fall-back dishes for holiday parties because they are easy to prepare and there is something for everyone on there.
This sweet dessert cheese board is great for serving after dinner to keep the conversation going. It’s nice to have something for guests to nibble on while enjoying after dinner drinks. It’s laid out in a pattern that resembles a Christmas ornament. It features some of my favourite holiday dessert recipes like macarons, candy-striped meringue candies and sparkling champagne panna cotta.
For those who may not have the time to make any desserts, then I recommend using foiled wrapped chocolate kisses as substitutes, it will look amazing nonetheless. But if I had to recommend making just one of the desserts on there, then I’d pick the candy-striped meringue cookies because they are so easy to make with just a couple of main ingredients like egg whites and sugar.
This cheese board resembling a Christmas tree is lighter as it focuses on fruits and nuts. It’s so festive and great for sharing on your Instagram feed. The fresh sprigs added an extra festive touch. I was able to find these sprigs at a grocery store after looking for them around town. If you have trouble finding them, you can substitute it with fresh herbs or just leave them out. It will still look amazing.
To prevent the grapes from rolling around on the board, I used a knife to cut off a bit of the top to create a flat bottom. The cheese stars are cut out from a small star-shaped cookie cutter. Hard cheeses like cheddar and havarti are great for cutting shapes. The tree trunk is composed of nuts but this can be substituted with pretzels for those concerned about nut allergies.
Lastly, my favorite board is this board inspired by my sweet Bibi. I thought something like this would be great for sharing with Bibi and her playdates with their mommies. As you know from my Baby Led Weaning journey, Bibi has been feeding herself solid foods just like the ones found on this board. In particular, she loves to pick up and feed herself yam fries and cheese. (I would cut up the star shaped cheeses into smaller pieces for her though since they are still a bit bigger than what she can handle currently.)
Babies are fascinated with faces so I thought it would be nice to have a little fun and make the bear face. It’s made from a round cream cheese spread with round cheese cutouts for ears and snout, a black sprinkle for the nose and inverted chocolate chip for the eyes.
I hope you were able to get some inspiration from these cheese boards and I wish you a happy holiday season ahead!