Some of the best parties are just for two. Whether you are planning a get-together with your someone special or an afternoon chat with an old friend, having a snack on hand is a must. Setting it up beautifully on your porch on a warm summer day makes it even better. Here is my recipe for a quick, easy, and gorgeous cheese party for two.
First up, the snack. Naturally, cheese is what comes to mind. The Extra Sharp Cheddar from Cracker Barrel is one of my favorite go-to cheeses. Its rich, full flavor makes it pair really well with in-season summer fruits. As you can see, I’m serving it with cherries and grapes. I also include some crackers and pepperoni for that classic flavor combination.
Next, the table setting. I’m a huge fan of pulling accessories, new and old, from around my house to create a unique and interesting tablescape. To give my table a little height and drama, I set a slate cheese board on an old soda create. Not only does this add interest, but my cheeseboard doubles as a centerpiece. The slate surface also is a perfect spot for making little notes and drawings with chalk.
A candle in a gold lantern adds sparkle and picks up touches of gold in the napkins and flatware (I told you I am obsessed with anything gold these days).
A washi tape flag (Just add a piece of washi tape, sticky sides together, to the end of a stir stick and make a v-cut in the end) is a fun element and lets your guest know what kind of cheese he or she will be enjoying.
To complete the look, I put a natural element at each place setting. Plants create a welcoming touch and are a wonderful way to finish off a tablescape. This potted succulent can even double as a favor for your guest to take home to remember your afternoon. How sweet is that?
Using things you have around your house keeps a small get-together inexpensive and ensures a personal look. As you know, I love mixing new and old. The old crate paired with the touches of gold literally gives me designer goosebumps. I love it. Well, that’s all the advice I have for today. Plus, my afternoon date is about to arrive. I’m off to enjoy some conversation, cheese, and maybe a bottle of wine. Cheers, friends!