Easy Entertaining to Ring in the New Year: A Festive Cheese Board!


Are you ready to ring in the New Year? A festive cheese board makes for effortless and easy entertaining with friends or family, while watching the ball drop!

We’re staying at home where it’s warm and cozy this New Year’s Eve and celebrating by the twinkling lights of the tree. I’m all for easy entertaining and a cheese board is easy to pull together at the last-minute and festive way to entertain, which makes it great a party appetizer!


Here are a few tips to build a cheese board:

Serve a variety of 3 – 5 cheeses, selecting a variety of cheese based on type of milk used to make the cheese (cow, sheep, or goat).

An even easier rule of three to follow is to include one firm, one semi-firm or soft, and one blue.

The most important rule to follow is to allow your cheese to come up to room-temperature for maximum flavor.


I like use contrasts in color and texture as well as flavor, including some elements for a sweet and salty addition. Olives, cured meats and nuts add salty and savory notes, while grapes and dried apricots add a sweet note. Include some honey or fig jam to serve with your cheese. One our favorite pairings is Parmesan crisps with Dalmatia Fig Spread. You can make your own Parmesan crisps or find them ready-made at Whole Foods.


The olive bar at your grocery store makes for easy entertaining with a variety

of ready to serve antipasto items to add to your

board like peppers and marinated mozzarella.


Bubbly is essential for ringing in the New Year!

I found Freixenet Brut, a Spanish Sparkling Wine (Cava) with a festive limited edition

polka-dotted bottle at World Market. Its affordable price tag makes it perfect for serving a crowd

or for mixing a sparkling cocktail or New Year’s Day mimosa!


Dark Chocolate Star shortbread cookies from Trader Joe’s and

 Chocolate Covered Biscuit Sticks from Target are sweet ending

for a New Year’s celebration.


Some favorites to round out a cheese board:

⭐ Cheese straws for a little crunchy texture.

⭐ Smokehouse  almonds and/or marcona almonds. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, try their Rosemary Marcona Almonds and the Truffle Marcona Almonds (our favorite!)

⭐ Grapes, dried apricots, fig jam


A variety of crackers: We love the ‘Fruit and Nut and Other Stuff Crisps’ from Trader Joe’s,

along with their other flavors (Rosemary Raisin, Fig & Olive, Pistachio & Pomegranate).


*Pop * Fizz * Clink *


Confetti Poppers & Glitter Star Food Picks – Dollar Spot Target




You can find more inspiration to Ring in the New Year with appetizers,

mini desserts and good luck food, HERE.

And a New Year’s Celebration with a Countdown Table and Tree, HERE.

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

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  37 comments for “Easy Entertaining to Ring in the New Year: A Festive Cheese Board!

  1. Michelle
    December 31, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Happy New Year to the best blogger!🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  2. Linda L
    December 31, 2017 at 8:07 am

    That cheese tray is perfect, not just for New Years Eve but anytime you need a quick and easy appetizer. Thanks for the tips of choosing the right combo. Happy New Year Mary. 🎉

  3. Rita C.
    December 31, 2017 at 8:12 am

    What a great spread, complete with favors and decor! Those fruit & other stuff crackers caught my eye immediately. Amazon sells several others, but not those, darn it. We don’t have TJ’s anywhere nearby, but all the rest looks quite doable (well, except for the glitter sticks, he he). You’ve convinced me to leave the tree up one more night. ;) Cheers!

  4. Bonbongirl
    December 31, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Happy New Year to you & yours!🎉🍾. Any plans for joining Instagram in 2018?? You would skyrocket to the top!!

  5. December 31, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Your cheese board is perfect Mary and a great way t9 ring in the New Year! I had friends from NC for a couple of days this week and I prepare a cheese board

  6. December 31, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Sorry, I hit reply before I finished! I prepared a cheese board very similar and it was a hit! Happy New Year.

  7. Norma Rolader
    December 31, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Thank you for sharing with us these adorable ideas for New Year’s God bless and wishing you a blessed New Year

  8. December 31, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Very festive Mary! I am loving that polka dot bubbly bottle! We will be staying in too, watching the ball and the temperatures drop! Your spread looks irresistible and I love the idea of gourmet nibbles instead of a meal~never tried the Dalmatia fig spread on Parm crisps, yum! Happy New Year and cheers to 2018! 🍾

  9. Alice
    December 31, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Perfect Mary and easy!

  10. Sue
    December 31, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Happy New Year Mary!!! Here’s to a Wonderful 2018!!!

  11. Kathi
    December 31, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Happy New Year! The appetizers look great. I hope I can stay awake til midnight, but I doubt I can stay awake that long…LOL.

  12. Cyndi Raines
    December 31, 2017 at 9:45 am

    What a festive table. I love cheese and crackers, it all sounded so tasty. Happy New Year! (P.s. I used those same star toothpicks for the folded napkin Christmas tree and it was darling! Thanks Mary.)

  13. December 31, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Wow. I want to party at your place!

  14. Karen
    December 31, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Happy New Year!!!

  15. bobbi duncan
    December 31, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Mary, you always come up with menus that are as appealing to look at as they are delicious! You have given me so many greatly appreciated ways to entertain over the years–many thanks! Wishing you the very best in the New Year and looking forward to seeing many more of your beautiful posts.

  16. December 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I’ll bet your little dogs like that cheese platter with all those great cheese smells! Have a Happy New Year and keep up the good work with so many wonderful pics! Wondered what lake you are on? Our daughter lives near New Bern but we haven’t travelled that direction in a while. I do really love the South. Cheers!!! Sandy

  17. Betsy
    December 31, 2017 at 1:24 pm


    I have to say…thank you for all your beautiful posts. Your posts have inspired me to continue to add to all my seasonal collections, although I think I’m going to have to start drinking espresso to keep up with the seasonal decorating changes. We’re just putting away our Christmas items and you’re already done with New Year’s Eve!

    Thanks for all the gorgeous photos that remind us all to celebrate life each day; Wishing you a beautiful 2018!


    P.S. Our house hunting trip to Lake Norman was incredible…what a gorgeous area!

  18. jane
    December 31, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Everything always looks so beautiful and so festive. I would love to be your guest. Where do you purchase all the fun and pretty cocktail napkins, picks, poppers, hats, etc., etc. ?

    • December 31, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks Jane, Most everything came from Target. Happy New Year!

  19. Sue Bingeman
    December 31, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for ALL the wonderful ideas you share with us throughout the year. I look forward to another year of creative and inspiring blog posts!

  20. December 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Wish I could join you for your party, Mary! I love cheese and meat platters, and sometimes serve them for an easy dinner. I love Trader Joe’s crackers, but haven’t had their almonds. Your table with all the fun bubbly and decor is so festive. Happy 2018, Mary!

  21. Karen Wright
    December 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    🎉🎊 Cheers 🍷 To a Healthy and Happy New Year!!! 🎊🎉

  22. Donna
    December 31, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Yum. . . .my kind of party tonight, the quiet kind.

  23. Charlene
    December 31, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Happy New Year Mary! You make my days so much happier reading your blog!

  24. December 31, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    What a table!! Very, very festive..HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🎉🥂🍾🍻🍸🍤🧀

  25. Catherine LUXEREAU
    January 1, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Bonne année 2018 et continuez de me faire rêver avec vos réalisations merveilleuses. Je suis une fan de ce que vous faites ! Bravo et aussi merci beaucoup ! Un bonjour et encore une fois une bonne année venue de France. Catherine

    • January 1, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Bonne année 2018 Catherine! Merci ♥

  26. January 1, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Your cheese tray looks fantastic Mary, wish I was noshing on it (with a little bubbly) right now! Happy New Year:@)

  27. January 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    There are a lot of fun ideas here. Definitely saving for next year!

  28. January 3, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Happy New Year Mary! Since I wasn’t in time to make this for New Year’s Eve it will be perfect for awards season.

  29. January 6, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Happy New Year! Such a lovely post. Thank you for sharing!

  30. December 30, 2019 at 9:19 am

    I have always preferred to stay home on New Year’s Eve and have festive nibbles! Your round up is so fabulous and festive Mary!! I would like a taste of everything! New Year’s Eve is going to be quiet around here, we will be resting up for a New Year’s Day gathering with lots of guests coming over early to watch the football games. I think I’ll run over to Trader Joe’s to get some things for a lavish cheese board, thank you! Happy 2020! 🥳🍾

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