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I don’t want to brag, but I feel like my friends and I have really gotten the whole wine-and-cheese night thing down to an exact science. We’ve nailed the ratio of hard to soft cheeses—smoky ones to funky ones. We’ve mastered cheese and meat (or cheese and fruit) pairings. And our knowledge of every kind of cracker on offer at Trader Joe’s is almost embarrassingly immense. Now, we just need to stock up on cute cheese boards.
You see, once you master your wine-and-cheese situation, it’s time to elevate things even further—to branch into merch. Wine glasses are an obvious place to start, but most human adults already own them. So where do you go from there? You could swap out your current wine glass selection in favor of fancier options, but it’s pretty hard to justify trading your (budget-friendly, easy-to-replace) IKEA basics for more fragile (expensive, not always on offer) pieces. You could stock up on wine stoppers, which are genuinely useful to own—unless you consistently finish every bottle of wine you open (which…guilty as charged). Or you could buy the thing you keep forgetting you need: a cheese board (preferably, a cute AF one).
Have you ever tried to display a charcuterie spread on a regular ol’ plate? It doesn’t work. If you’ve bought more than two cheese and expect to display them sliced (which you should—make things easier for your guests, won’t ya?), you’ll quickly realize there’s no room. Plates are good for a great many things, but serving cheese to a crowd isn’t one of them. Of course, you could put out more than one plate, but put out too many, and you’ll run out of table space—leaving your guests with nowhere to set their own plates down.
This issue is easily solved via one simple must-have: a chic cheese board—a tray that’s not only bigger than a regular plate but also flatter than one (so you don’t have to worry about wasted space along the rim). Cheese boards are practical, and they’re often pretty cute, too—meaning you can take your charcuterie platter from low-key photogenic to seriously Instagram-worthy in one simple step.
Once you’ve bought a cheese board, you’ll wonder how you ever hosted a wine and cheese night without one before. And honestly, I can’t really answer that question. Can you?
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Bambusi Cheese Board and Knife Set
This raised cheese board has all of the bells and whistles, including a secret utensils tray and plenty of space for crackers.
Turntable Cheese Board
Cool and creative, this cheese board makes a great gift for a vinyl obsessive. There’s even a hidden cheese slicer on the board.
Composite Agate Cheese Board
So pretty you might be tempted to leave it out as decor full-time.
Agate Cheese Board
More agate, because honestly, I kind of can’t get enough.
A Mixed-Material Cheese Board
We stan a modern and minimalist cheese board that can effortlessly fit into any decor style. This pick is available in bamboo-and-natural and bamboo-and-graphite colorways.
Personalized Charcuterie Planks
Make your cheese nights a little more personal by getting an engraved board. You can get virtually whatever phrase you want carved into it. It also has plenty of dividers to keep your cheese and jams from mixing.
Quincy Composite Agate Cheese Board
We can’t stop with the agate, sorry not sorry. This might technically be a cheese board, but you’ll want to make this plate your go-to app serving plate.
Cheese Board from Royal Craft Wood
It’s the perfect starter set. Made out of bamboo, this practical board has a secret drawer for a cheese knife, cheese spreader, cheese fork and more tools. It even has indented spaces for crackers and nuts on both sides.
Cheese Board, Personalized
Whether you’re saying “I do” or just want your monogram on a cheese board, this is an elegant pick.
Hadar 10 Piece Cheese Board and Platter Set
Cheese and olive fans, this one’s for you. This cheese board comes with its own olive bowl and cheese-spreading tools. There are even cheese markers in this set, bringing your wine and cheese night to a whole new level.
Compact Swivel Cheese Board with Knives
Go on a staircase to cheese and charcuterie heaven with this inventive and compact choice.
Artisanal Kitchen Supply Terrazzo Monogram Cheese Board
This chic cheese board features a brass monogram and a leather strap, so you can display it in your kitchen.
Black Marble and Wood Cheese Board and Knives (4-Piece Set)
About as modern as a cheese board can get while still skewing “homey.”