When it comes to entertaining, there are few dishes as perfect as a cheese board. Perfectly easy. Perfectly yummy. Perfectly beautiful. A variety of carefully chosen cheeses, a bunch of grapes, slices of pear and apple, a pile of nuts and some quince or fig spread and you are good to go. Cheese labels are a great addition to any cheese plate. By naming the cheeses on display, you help your guests make their selections.
Even better, guests can leave your home with a mental note of their favorites; cheeses they themselves can now serve at their next party. Some labels are pre-made, which is an easy route to go. Another option is labels you can customize, which allows you to provide more detail, including the name of the cheesemaker, source, etc. Here are some fun ways to label cheese at your next shindig!
1. This is such a sweet idea: using nuts to hold hand-written cheese labels! From Style me Pretty (Image by Christine Chang).
2. Pieces of cork are used to hold up these handwritten labels from Little Blue Boo.
3 Set of 6 porcelain cheese labels from Crate & Barrel, $9.95.
4. Simple printed labels attached to toothpicks adorn cheeses on this cheese plate shown on A Beautiful Mess. I like how the hosts placed the cheeses to guide guests in the best pairings of cheese, fruit, and spreads. The cheese also looks accessible to make for easy cutting.
5. Some fun ideas for labelling cheese by the folks at Cheese Cave in Claremont, California, via Sugar and Charm.
6. More from Cheese Cave in Claremont, California, via Sugar and Charm.
7. At Barbuzzo restaurant in Philadelphia, a cheese plate is labelled with a simple, elegant strip of paper placed down the center. From 13th Street Philly.
8. No need for labels with this natural slate cheese board from Handpicked Collection.
9. Vintage silverware cheese markers, $29.00 from Wooden Hive on Etsy.
(Images: As linked above.)