Casual Entertaining: How to Make a Gorgeous Cheese Tray

I confess that I don’t do much entertaining these days. When I do, it’s usually a casual get-together with friends. I will set out a bottle of wine, place some cheese and crackers on a tray, and call it a day. Maybe when the kids are older and out of the house, I’ll have more time to host fancier gatherings, but for now, I enjoy the casual comfort of these informal get-togethers.

I’ve been trying to collect pretty and interesting serving pieces so that at least I have a nice way to display my standard fare, and I try to pay attention to presentation. I’m getting better at it, but it’s still not my strong suit.

A beautiful Antipasto presented on an artisan olive cutting board makes a gorgeous rustic dish for casual entertaining!

One fun and easy way to present cheese and crackers is on a cutting board. I love this method. It lends a casual, rustic vibe to your gathering, and it fits my easy approach to entertaining.

My friend Colleen put together this gorgeous cheese tray to show you how easy it is to create a presentation like this. You can elevate your standard cheese and crackers by adding a few extra yummies like olives, sliced cured meats, honey, and/or fruit. Take a look.

A beautiful Antipasto presented on an artisan olive cutting board makes a gorgeous rustic dish for casual entertaining!

Here is what she says about casual entertaining:

Using various vehicles for your food, at parties especially, makes for such a pretty presentation. Use cutting boards of different textures and styles, slate cheese plates, cake stands, trays, and anything you can thing of. Make one large station or scatter offerings about.

This is what I’ve been trying to do more of lately, and I’m having fun with it.

Having a beautiful cutting board is key. Of course, you can use any old thing, and I’ve done that plenty of times, but I’m super excited about my new Olive Wood Carver Board, gifted from CuttingBoard.com.

Olive Wood Carver Board

Isn’t that stunning!? It’s handcrafted from olive wood from Spain. The carved juice groove and pourer is perfect for carving meats, but then I can flip it over and use it as a serving tray for bread, or for a cheese and antipasto platter as shown above. Each board is completely unique and handmade to follow the natural contours of the wood. Many thanks to CuttingBoard.com for my gorgeous new cutting board. 

Happy entertaining!!