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Planning for Your Next Wine and Cheese Party

Fruit and Cheese

Fruit and Cheese

Having a wine and cheese party?  Inviting your favorite friends over to hang out, educate and share your favorite wine and cheese pairings?  I love the notion of people coming together and bringing their knowledge and experience of worldly wine and cheeses.  Well, here’s some ideas to consider.  Some you might already know, but you may find an idea that resonates with you and want to implement.  I hope so.

Enjoy.

Cheese Serving Platter

Cheese Serving Platter

1. Serve your cheeses in individual cheese boards and label them.  Try this out.  Take an old cutting board, sand it down a bit and paint the bottom half (the picture shows most of the board was painted but just do the bottom half) with chalk paint (about 2-3 times).  Voila!  Instant wooden serving platter.  Here you can mark the cheese and the wine that goes together.  I just love this idea!

2. Ask your half your guests to bring their favorite cheeses and the other half their favorite wine.  Most are on a budget so set a dollar limit they can spend when sharing.  Makes it more fun when you can find affordable wine and cheese to pair together.  Don’t ask your guests what they are bringing.  It’s a surprise.  When they arrive, pair them up.  Make sure to serve bread and crackers to cleanse the palette.  Very important.

3. Decorate lightly.  Remember, it’s your home your inviting them to.  Just make them feel like their home.

Bon Appetite!

What is a Wooden Paddle Cutting Board?

Paddle Cutting Boards

Paddle Cutting Boards

Right?  We are often asked what is a paddle board? Whenever we are at a craft shows, inevitably there will always be someone picking up one of our wooden paddle cutting boards, taking the handle and the batter’s position then swinging the board towards their partner’s butt.  Like they are about to hit a baseball or something.  I often say … “whoa … what you do with that behind close doors is totally your business”.  HA!

Paddle Cutting Boards

Paddle Cutting Boards

But what is a paddle cutting board?  No it’s not a stand up surf board.  It is simply just that … a cutting board but with a handle.  To hang the board after use.  Sometimes to display the board because it looks nice.  For ease of picking up the board and moving it from one side to the other in your kitchen.

Here are a few ideas on how you can use your paddle cutting board besides to cutting on it.

1. A sandwich tray – lunch time tray.  Place your sandwich and chips and viola!

2. A dinner plate – it’s small enough to and large enough to hold your dinner on it.

3. A cheese board – to serve your cheese and crackers on.

4. A candle holder – in the middle of your dining table.

Wood Cutting Board for Entertaining

No person who loves to cook should be without their tools one of which is a cutting board.  We all know how essential a cutting board is when preparing a meal.  But how about using it for something else other than cutting on it?  Using it as serving platter to entertain your guests.  Yes, you heard that right.  Entertain your guests with your custom made wood cutting board.  Here are a few ways to entertain with your board:

Cutting Board with a Chalk Board

Cutting Board with a Chalk Board

Home Made Pizza Served on   a Cutting Board

Home Made Pizza Served on a Cutting Board

1. Cheese platter.  Take your cutting board and apply chalk paint just at the bottom of the board (longways).  This way, you can write what type of cheese you are serving.  Genius!

2. A pizza tray.  Yup no better way to serve your pizza than on a beautiful cutting board.  It’s easier on the eye to look at the beauty of wood.

3. Dinner plates.  Buy several small cheese cutting boards (based on the number of guests you will be serving) and place their meal right on the board.

However you decide on the uses for entertaining with your cutting board, you will definitely start some interesting conversations with your guests.

 

Wooden Chopping Boards vs Wood Cutting Boards

What is the difference?  Absolutely none.  They are one in the same.  It’s a matter of what people call what.  Potato or potatoe right?  Wooden chopping boards be definition is a flat wooden piece where you cut items on.  This is the same definition as a wood cutting board.  There are a variety of wooden chopping boards to choose from.  What type of woods, the size, with a stand or not, the decor element and so on.  Check out a few wood cutting boards that Mac Cutting Boards has produced.

Chevron Herringbone Design Cutting Board

Chevron Herringbone Design Cutting Board

The chevron herringbone design cutting board has “v” shapes throughout the board.  It is made from unused scrap purple heart, american cherry, brazilian cherry and walnut hardwoods.  Our most popular design.

Paddle Cutting Boards

Paddle Cutting Boards

A paddle cutting board is one that has a handle and easily moved around.  It can be used as a serving board or a sandwich board.  It is small enough that you can use it for cutting up a tomato or an onion.  Easily stored and can be hanged.

End Grain Edge Grain Cutting Board

End Grain Edge Grain Cutting Board

Our end grain and edge grain combination cutting board.  Made with purple heart, maple, american cherry, black walnut, lyptus and brazilian cherry.  Gorgeous piece!

Ways to Use Your Small Cheese Cutting Board

Small Cheese Cutting Boards

Small Cheese Cutting Boards

A small cheese cutting board is also known as a cheese board.  It is a perfect size for everyday use on cutting small items.  But did you know there are more ways to use a small cheese board?  Here’s 5 different ideas on what you can do to utilize a small cheese cutting board.

1. Serving platter for meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits and crackers

2. Sandwich tray -perfect size for putting your individual sandwich for lunch.  Set yourself by the TV and place the sandwich tray AKA cheese cutting board on your lap and VIOLA!  Lunch is served!

Cheese Cutting Board as a Serving Platter

Cheese Cutting Board as a Serving Platter

3. Dinner plate – think about it.  Instead of serving on normal dinner plates, you can serve your dinner on a small cheese cutting board.  Buy all the same design or get them all different except for the size.  Keep the size about the same therefore it doesn’t look too odd.  Still, what a great conversation piece.  Also keep in mind, wood is a natural fighter of bacteria.  Simply washing the cutting board with soap and water and let it dry naturally.  You would do that with your good plates anyway.

4. Home decor platform for your candles or flowers

5. Home decor for your walls

 

Paddle Boards vs Cheese Boards as a Serving Platter

What is the difference between paddle cutting boards and cheese cutting boards?  Shape, size and the type of board (plastic, wood, glass).  Whichever combination resonates with you on how to use the cutting board as a serving board – go for it!  Keep in mind, it depends on your style and on your party.  Here’s a few tips on how to decide what cutting board to use as a serving platter.

Wine and Cheese

Wine and Cheese

1. Theme of your party.  If it is a wine and cheese party, you can do both.  What great way to serve cheese, crackers, fruits and bread than on different shapes of cutting boards laid out for everyone to see.  And what a site it would be once it is all displayed.

2. Guests you are inviting.  Shouldn’t make that much of a difference, but sometimes, having a “wow” factor at your party to those individuals you would like to impress upon may help you decide on the type of serving board you would like to use.  Here’s a great suggestion – if you are using a wooden cutting board (paddle or cheese), use a small chalk board to label your cheeses, fruits and wine.  Helps guests determine what to try first.

3 Things You Can Do with A Wooden Cutting Board

Wine and Cheese

Wine and Cheese

How versatile is a my guide?  Plenty!  Here are 3 ideas you can use with your wooden cutting board:

1.  Serve on it!  Serve cheese, fruit, crackers, cheese, pizza, vegetables, dinner … the list is endless.  Great way to use it as a serving tray and display your beautiful treats and hor d’oeuvres on it.

2.  Use it as a decor piece.  If you have exotic hardwoods on your wooden cutting board, it is very easy to not cut on it (most people don’t want to for fear that they may ruin the board), then hang it up on your wall and display it.  Great conversation piece!

Home Made Pizza Served on   a Cutting Board

Home Made Pizza Served on a Cutting Board

3.  Cut on it!  I know, simple right, but really why have a cutting board after all but to use it for the basic of function.  Cutting.

Wooden cutting boards are easy to clean.  Soap and water, wipe off the excess water on the board and prop it up against your backsplash.  Let it dry naturally.  Every now and again, use mineral oil to bring the colors back to life.  By using mineral oil, you are maintaining the board for years of usage.

How To Clean My Wooden Cutting Board

cropped-1399954_10201685270926745_1003573169_o.jpgCleaning your my guide is really easy.  Doing it right will ensure your my guide will last for years to come.  Here are 4 easy steps to remember:

1. Wash your my guide with a brush or sponge with a brush, add dish soap and water after use.  Wipe it dry.  Then, stand it up against your backsplash so that the water runs down.  Make sure to place a kitchen towel underneath your cutting board.  Rotate the cutting board so that the other side is dry as well.  Never put your cutting board in the dishwasher.

2. Use mineral oil.  Make sure it is thoroughly dry.  You don’t need to do this each time you use it.  But keep an eye out on it.  If the wood looks dry, mineral oil it.

3. Use fine sandpaper when your cutting board gets a little rough from cutting on it.  This will smooth out the surface to make it look like new again.  Mineral oil afterwards.

4. Tough stains and odors?  Take 1 tbl coarse salt (sea salt), apply it onto the cutting board.  Cut a lemon in half and use the half to scour the entire board with the salt.  This will lift off any unwanted stains as well as odor.  Rinse with water.

 

 

Ways You Can Use Your Cheese Boards

Cheese Boards

Cheese Boards

What is a cheese board?  Is it a cutting board?  A serving platter? A sandwich tray?  It is all of them!  A my guidecan be used to whatever you desire that would serve you at the time you need it.  Here are a few ideas on what you can do with your cheese board:

Cheese Board Serving Platter

Cheese Board Serving Platter

1. Serve cheese, cold meats like prosciutto, crackers, vegetables and fruit on it.  Or just serve fruit and cheese or fruit, cheese and crackers.  Lots of combination.  You can’t lose!

2. Use it as a serving platter.  Great way to serve your dinner.  Hmmm homemade pizza.  YUM!  What a great idea!

Home Made Pizza Served on   a Cutting Board

Home Made Pizza Served on a Cutting Board

3. Use it as a dinner plate.  Why not?  You’re going to serve your dinner on a cutting board, why not use a smaller board … a my guide as a dinner plate.

4. Simply cut on it.

5. Buy one as a gift.  All of the above works for anyone else.

At the end of day, how you use your cheese board is really up to you.  It is creative, functional and useful.

 

 

How to Plan for a Fabulous Wine and Cheese Party

Wine and Cheese

Wine and Cheese

When planning for wine and cheese parties, you need fabulous ideas on how to present with style, originality, flair and class.  I know I do.  Here are a few of my favorite ways to set up for your next wine and cheese party.

Wine Cheese Pairings

Wine Cheese Pairings

1.  Keep it simple.  Seriously.  Don’t go overboard.  It is tough, but try to keep it simple.  It will bring out the elegance of your affair and won’t take away from your actual party – the wine and cheese.

2.  Don’t use plastic anything when serving.  Use the real deal.  Actual wine glasses, serving pieces, tablecloths, conversational serving trays.  Brings the elegance out.  Use real flowers to decorate.  And make sure YOU like how it looks in the end.

3.  Get cheeses that pair nicely with wine.  Here’s one idea.  You

Fruit, Crackers and Cheese

Fruit, Crackers and Cheeses

supply the cheese … have your guest(s) supply the wine or vice versa.  It is always fun to include your guests in your event planning.  Makes them feel more a part of your party than just attending.

That’s it!  REALLY!  Simple is really better.  Now grab your glass of wine before your guest(s) come … relax and enjoy your wine and cheese party.

 

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