Cheese Party Checklist

What you’ll need for a tasting party of 12 people.

Variety of cheeses

Cheeses: Serve a selection of 3 to 5 cheeses (see below for suggestions).

  • 3/4 pound blue cheese

  • 3/4 pound semifirm cheese

  • 3/4 pound super-aged cheese

  • 3/4 pound pungent cheese

  • 3/4 pound mild cheese

Accompaniments

  • 1 bunch grapes

  • 2 boxes crackers

  • 1 baguette

  • 1 small jar honey

  • 1 small jar chutney

  • 1 small jar sun-dried tomatoes

  • 2 dried sausages or 1 pound sliced cured meat (such as prosciutto or capicola)

Wines

  • 4 bottles red

  • 4 bottles white

Optional Upgrades

  • 2 apples

  • 2 pears or figs

  • 1 loaf raisin-walnut bread

  • 8 ounces dried nectarines or peaches

  • 1 small jar cornichons or gherkins

  • 1 small jar blueberry honey

  • 1 small jar piquillo peppers

  • 1 small package quince paste

  • 1 small jar Dijon mustard

Essential Party Supplies

  • 2 to 3 cheese boards, platters, or plates for the cheeses

  • 5 to 6 small bowls and plates for the accompaniments

  • 3 to 5 cheese or other knives for cutting and spreading

  • 4 to 5 spoons and spreaders for the accompaniments

  • 12 or more wineglasses

Extra Party Supplies

  • Dairy jugs, mugs, creamers, or vases

  • Flowers

  • Cheese comment cards

  • Craft tags

  • 3 to 5 Seckel pears or some other small stemmed fruit

  • Cheese wrappers

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