Holiday Entertaining Made Easy | Seersucker Sass

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year because it's time spent creating memories with family and friends.  However, the holiday season can quickly become stressful and overwhelming with a packed social calendar and spur of the moment guests.  Today I've partnered with Stella Cheese to share my secret for holiday entertaining made easy - the cheese board.

The cheese board is my go-to for spur of the moment guests and holiday potlucks because it gives an air of sophistication and having one's act together, when you can really just throw random things from your fridge and pantry on a fancy little board and call it a day.

When I'm planning a cheese board and it's not a last minute thing, I like to use a soft cheese (Stella Cheese's fresh mozzarella is my favorite!), a hard cheese, a meat, a fruit, and some type of crackers.  Based on the type of cheese I'm serving, I'll use a beverage pairing website to see which wine or beer goes best with it.  If I'm using a cheese I've never made a cheeseboard before or want to spice it up a bit, I'll also utilize the Stella Cheese website for food pairing suggestions.

Like I mentioned earlier, cheese boards are the perfect solution if you're entertaining in a pinch.  Take a quick inventory of what you have in your fridge and in your pantry, and think outside of the box a little bit.  I love to snack, so I typically have some dried fruit, raw nuts, and crackers in my pantry that I can use.  But then there are the less obvious pantry items like the honey that I use for my green tea and the gourmet spread that I received as a gift.  Don't forget about the (in date) items that are just chilling in your fridge, like the olives I bought the time I thought it would be a great idea to make a classic martini.  Just because you've never seen it done before, doesn't mean you can't do it on your cheese board!  Play with texture and contrast.

The last step - do a little 30 second lookup on your cheese.  We've all been to a party where someone has used words like "light-bodied" or "oaky" to describe wine and wondered what in the world they were talking about.  (Okay, maybe it's just me because I just enjoy drinking wine more than I do describing it.)  Whenever I serve a cheese, I use the Stella Cheese website for a quick, three to five word description of my cheese of choice so that I can properly use words like "buttery" and "slightly sharp."

Okay, after all of those fancy cheese words, you deserve a treat... and you're in luck!  Stella Cheese wants to send one lucky winner on a $5,000 trip to Napa Valley California!  Enter here, and keep in mind that you can enter daily.

And if you haven't already, take a second to explore the Stella Cheese website for recipes, beverage pairings, fancy cheese descriptions, and more!  They're my go-to for purchasing any kind of cheese, and I hope you'll give them a try when it comes to planning your next holiday party cheese board.

Happy Tuesday, friends!  How do you make holiday entertaining easy?

PS - If you're curious about what's on the cheese board in the photos, I used Stella Cheese's Romano, capicola, salami, pita chips, apricots, and walnuts.  Romano is "sharp, salty, and tangy."  I love pairing it with dried apricots because they are very soft and sweet.


  1. I really like that idea, I have never done that but I probably will now!

    Happy Holidays!

    xoxo Lex // LexMeetsWorld

  2. OMG. I am so hungry for wine and cheese now. Looks delicious!!! There's nothing better than a nice cheese and meat spread :) Looks great!

    - Stephanie

  3. A beverage pairing website?? Genius!! I def need some wine and cheese now!

  4. That cheese board is darling! I need one just like it. I'm a huge wine and cheese lover, so I'm actually shocked I don't have one yet!

  5. I so love me some cheese! I totally need to try this brand now.

  6. You can never go wrong with a cheese plate!
    -Anna |

  7. omfg i live for cheese platters. I could legit survive off cheese platters alone and I am so into your pairing suggestions/photos

  8. Great idea! That cheese board is great for holiday parties!

  9. Yum! The older I get, the more I love unusual cheeses!

    Alix |

  10. Ahh i seriously just love cheese so much! It is so good!

  11. I freaking love cheese. Most of my family members can't stand the taste of the more unusual cheeses, but I'm all for it! Great post :)

  12. Every time I attend a party, I always get excited when there's cheese involved to start out with. This looks amazing :)