How to Build the Perfect Fall Cheese Board


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The Perfect Fall Cheese Board by affordable entertaining blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante, Yealands Pinot Noir

If I could pick my perfect date (and it wasn’t April 25th), it’d be me and Kyle on the back patio with a cheese board and bottle of wine. Seriously, y’all… ever since ordering a book called Platters and Boards, they’re all I want to eat/make. Honestly, probably my favorite thing about Platters and Boards is the creativity behind each and every board. There’s a unique spread for every season, holiday, celebration, and occasion, and I’m completely on board. So, since it’s the middle of October, I wanted to share how to make an Instagram-worthy fall cheese board in today’s post!

The Perfect Fall Cheese Board

This fall cheese board is perfect for grabbing sustenance in between trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, keeping guests satiated before dinner on Thanksgiving, and pretty much every occasion in between. Here’s everything I used for mine:

  • Large cutting board- In my opinion, the bigger, the better. Ours is actually a large bamboo cutting board that we pretty much exclusively use for cheese boards now.
  • Cheese knives- Per Kate Spade’s All in Good Taste, the rule is one knife per cheese. 
  • Variety of Cheeses- Again, per Kate Spade, I like to include a variety of aged, soft, firm and blue, but I think three is the magic number. For this fall cheese board, I went with brie, aged cheddar (Kerrygold is my absolute fave!), and herb-rolled goat cheese for a seasonal touch.
  • Seasonal fruit- Go to the seasonal section of the grocery store and pick out the fruits with the richest autumnal tones. I chose black grapes, blackberries, and dried apricots. Not only do all the colors look gorgeous together, seasonal fruit costs less, too. 
  • Savory snacks- Salami, greek olives, cashews are three of my year-round cheese board staples. If you’re not a fan of salami, prosciutto is delicious, too. It’s just more expensive.
  • Crackers- I think having a variety of crackers important, too. I used stoneground wheat crackers and seasonal crisps on this board. Toasted crostinis are a great alternative!
  • Jarred condiments- I absolutely love fig jam, and sometimes I’ll add honey or raspberry jam, too. 
  • Fresh Eucalyptus- I got the idea to add fresh eucalyptus to my fall cheese board from The Fashionable Hostess. If you don’t follow her, her blog is goals
  • Little White Pumpkins- These were also inspired by TFH! They’re cute, seasonal, and take up room if your board is looking sparse. 

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Wine Pairing Tips

If you love a good wine pairing, Yealands Pinot Noir is my go-to. Not only is it delicious, Yealands is one of only a handful of wineries around the world to be certified as carbon neutral. They’re also the first (like.. ever) to be certified from inception. Pretty cool, right? 

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So.. is there anything you’d add to your perfect fall cheese board? I’d love recommendations! Also, if you want more Kate Spade-inspired cheese board building advice, I shared 6 tips for building the perfect cheese board here. Thanks for reading, y’all!
 


 
I was reimbursed for the cost of these products as part of a sponsored social campaign with Yealands. I loved their mission (and wine) so much that I decided to feature them my blog, as well, although I had no obligation to do so. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photography by Catherine Rhodes

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