A good cheese plate is a host's secret weapon. Bring out a gorgeous board filled with a mix of hard and soft cheeses—along with dried fruits, nuts, and other sweet and savory accents—and you will hands down become the star of your party. Add a little champagne and—voilà!—the whole group is happy! The beauty of a cheese plate lies is in its versatility; however, with all the choices and ways to serve, building the perfect board can become a bit overwhelming. So, your registry is the perfect moment to stock up on all the basic tools and serving pieces so you're ready to hit the ground running during your first dinner party and all those to come. Here's are eight essential cheese plate elements to add to your registry immediately!
Large Serving Board
For a sizable party, choose a rustic serving piece that is large enough to hold three to five different cheeses, crackers, and small bowls of olives, compotes, or honey.
SHOP NOW: Terrain, $190
Round Serving Platter
When it's just the two of you or if you're hosting a smaller group (or if you're just living in a tiny apartment!), you might want to consider registering for a more compact tray. This one features handles for easy transport and does double duty as a surface for storing barware when it's not playing host to cheeses.
SHOP NOW: Zola, $50
Label each cheese variety on your serving platter with these chic reusable copper and paper markers.
SHOP NOW: Terrain, $68 for a set of four
Mix in pedestal bowls and cake stands to add a variety of heights on the table. This shallow dish is the perfect container to display fresh and dried fruits that pair well with cheeses like apricots, grapes, and figs.
SHOP NOW: Crate and Barrel, $50
Pretty Cheese Knives
Ideally, you'll want to use knives with blades that are specific to the each cheese (from soft and spreadable goat cheese to harder varieties like Parmesan and Manchego). This handcrafted set covers all the bases, and even includes a fork for serving.
SHOP NOW: Williams-Sonoma, $60 for a set of five
Ramekins or Small Bowls
You'll need several small containers to serve nuts, olives, and other condiments alongside your cheeses. These stoneware ramekins are a hard-working kitchen essential—you can also use them to make individual baked eggs or molten chocolate cakes for your post-cheese-plate proper meals!
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $16
Delicate Mini Spoons
Tiny spoons are the perfect accessory for dishing out savory and sweet garnishes like fig jam, honey, or chutneys.
SHOP NOW: CB2, $15 for a set of six
Woven Bread Basket
Make sure to include a medium-sized basket for holding everything from sliced baguettes to crispy herb flatbreads. We love intricately woven baskets like this one from Williams-Sonoma, where no extra accessories (like a cloth or napkin) are needed to complete the perfect picture.
SHOP NOW: Williams-Sonomas, $30
Slice the hard cheeses for your guests with ease using this pretty (and functional) tool. Pre-slice and use the marble as an extra serving slab as well!
SHOP NOW: Target, $20