We have had a bottle of Dom Perignon that we were keeping until we had a special occasion to celebrate. Recently, we had many reasons come up all at once! First, my husband and I were recently hospitalized in the same week for separate kidney related issues but are on our way to healthy again. Our older son has started the Fire Science program to be a firefighter. Our youngest son just started High School in Honors classes and is starting on both defensive and offensive lines on football as well as punting and kicking. (Our daughter lives in another state so we are missing her a bunch and wish she could have been here to celebrate us.) We found a night that we were all going to be home at the same time so I threw together a champagne and cheese platter for some outdoor family time. Here is how you can put together a champagne and cheese platter for family fun together.
1.) Cut cheese into thin slices. Cover and refrigerate.
TIP: Leave some cheese in a brick and set out with a cheese knife for guests to cut their own. This also makes a nice presentation.
2.) Arrange the crackers on their own platter. Keep the dry crackers separated from the wet foods. The bigger the selection, the better.
3.) Set out a small bowl of mixed nuts. For the best flavor I recommend a mix of unsalted nuts without peanuts.
4.) Wash your fruits and veggies. Slice the pear (and tomatoes if you wish) and arrange on a platter (or platters).
5.) Once you are ready to serve, arrange the cheese and meats on a platter (or platters) and serve immediately.
6.) Also add some type of spread that has spice or heat. I love fig jam with pepper with crackers and cheese. (It is also good with the pear slices and a bit of sharp cheddar.)
7.) POP a bottle of champagne! (And a bottle of sparkling cider for the kids and non-drinkers.)
Take turns with each member of the family giving a toast to something that they are proud of, happy about or want to celebrate.
List of items you need to make a similar cheese platter & champagne party:
- 3 – 5 cheeses. I recommend smoked cheddar, sharp white cheddar, manchego, havarti with dill & Gruyère.
- Assortment of crackers. I recommend a plain style cracker, cracked pepper, sesame seed and wheat.
- A few thinly sliced meats such as prosciutto and hard salami.
- Fruits like black seedless grapes and thinly sliced pears that can be placed on crackers.
- A few veggies like small heirloom tomatoes and sugar snap peas.
- Fancy mixed nuts.
- Some type of spread like fig jam with pepper or dark mustard, horseradish sauce or honey.
- A bottle or two if champagne and some sparkling fruit juice.
- Some bite sized desserts like mini eclairs, candy truffles and specialty cookies.
This type of meal is something different for the family and fun for everyone. It can turn an ordinary night into something special where family bonds in celebrating personal accomplishments and family love.
Would you put this type of party together for your family?
Cheese and wine go hand in hand! I have never tried manchego before. I will have to add that to the next platter I make! Thanks for the awesome platter idea!
This looks fabulous – very tasty! I love the picture of the champagne about to pop too 😉
How absolutely delicious does that cheese platter look, I have to admit I am sucker for all different sorts of cheese so I would love to tuck in!
Oh yum, I would LOVE this. I’m a huge fan of cheese, so I need to try this out.
Now this is a fun party. You don’t always need chips and dip. My daughter would get a kick out of this and she actually like’s cheese so it would be a win!
The Jedi Wife
I’m a fan of a mix of cheeses, and brie is one not listed here that I always end up adding to my platters. I always end up adding olives, and they’re a big hit as well!
Wow I have no idea about this… thanks for sharing I can now host a party :D….
Wow! I absolutely love this post…love that cheese platter. I am going to Pin this post so that I know what all I need for the next Champagne party.
This is cool! And glad yout kid likes it too 🙂
I miss our wine and cheese party!
This is a great idea! I have mom nights often, so a cheese platter would be perfect to serve!
I just love the cheese and crackers people use with Champagne and wine mixers. The are always tasty and just a fun snack.
I’ve never had the pleasure of attending a wine and cheese party.
I would love to try it. I really like that the platter isn’t so literal, I.e just cheese and wine. There mixed fruit etc. The pictures look great and the food looks super yummy
I have always wanted to do this. And i thought about doing this when I was with my ex but since we split things have gotten a little off kilter. I will have to save this for when I do eventually get the chance to do the wine and cheese party I always wanted. Thanks for the great ideas.
Man I would love a taste of everything on that platter! And a drink of bubbly wouldn’t hurt too 😉
You made everything look so nice and delicious. Love how you put the cheeses.
Absolutely can’t beat wine and cheese as a combo, grapes are also a good accompaniment.
I love cheese and wine! They make the perfect pair. I love how you set everything up. Looks really delicious and fun!
Amila @ Food Corner
oh wow!Cheese and wine are always a good combination!This post is with lot of helpful tips.I like these food ideas with cheese platter including fruits which makes it healthy!
Mention cheese or wine and I’m there. I’m a sucker for both!
These are all great tips for putting together a champagne and cheese platter party for the family. This is something I have actually never done before so I will have to try it. I love the idea of adding the small heirloom tomatoes and sugar snap peas. Thanks for sharing the ideas.
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