How To Create a Festive Fall Cheese Board

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Fall Harvest Cheese Board on a table

Hi there friends. I wish you could all come over tonight to help us dive into this bounty of festive fall cheese board love. This time of year, this is my favorite way to entertain. Fill a board with flavorful cheeses, colorful seasonal sides, and a couple good bottles of wine and turn a regular old chilly fall night into a faux-fancy dinner party.

Fall Harvest Cheese Board on a wooden table

We’re bringing you this post in partnership with our friends at Castello Cheese and Honest Cooking. Frank and I had so much fun creating a cheese board with these wonderful products last spring that we jumped at the chance to work with them again. (As always, all thoughts, opinions, and references to toddlers are entirely my own.)

In my mind, when I envision a dinner party at our house it looks something like dinner at Downton Abbey. Candles and sparkly wine glasses and feisty conversation. And maybe if I had Mrs. Patmore flinging flour around in a cavernous basement kitchen (not to mention friends who wore ball gowns to dinner), that’s the way it would be. But in reality, our style of entertaining usually involves tossing something in the slow-cooker while Molly and Clara shout that they want a bite / need to “help” / must have play dough.

Fall Harvest Cheese Board on a wooden table

But a beautiful festive fall cheese board helps keep things classy around here. And when we’re putting it together, we go for a combination of savory, sweet, crunchy, and creamy.

And wine.

Of course.


Savory is the heart of a festive fall cheese board. I love a few salty olives and pickled peppers to add color and easy nibbles between bites of cheese. Castello’s Extra Creamy Danish Blue Cheese is a savory / umami explosion that gives the board some variety. I could eat blue cheese every day and never get tired of it, but Frank is more easily sold on a crumbly, tangy cheese like aged Havarti. It has these tiny, tangy salt crystals that sort of pop when you crunch them.

blue cheese and olives on a wooden tray


A bit of sweetness really helps to bring out the flavors of the cheese. I love to assemble the perfect bite with a cracker + cheese + dollop of honey. Grapes and pears or other fall fruit add a sweet, fresh bite too. As does a spoonful of sweet and spicy red pepper jelly. We found candied walnuts in the produce section at our grocery store which were so good that they lasted all of two minutes after we finished the photo shoot of this board, but regular walnuts would be a great addition as well.

honey in a small white bowl


Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisp crackers are the crunch on this particular board. Packed with fresh ingredients like figs, apricots and all sorts of nuts, these crackers would help make just about any cheese board a happy place for eyes and taste buds.

Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisp Crackers on a wooden table


For a bit of creaminess to top the crackers, we loved a creamy Havarti which gets delightfully soft at room temperature and a quarter pound of prosciutto sliced so super thin that you can see through it. I tell my grocery store’s butcher that to slice it as thin as possible and it becomes so creamy and tender that it nearly melts like butter when you bite into it.

cheese, nuts, olives and red pepper jelly on a wooden tray

Pile all those items on a board or platter or regular old dinner plate, and it’s sure to be a hit. We served ours with Folie à Deux Wines. We tend to gravitate towards the rich reds like Cabernets in cooler weather, but we usually set out a white as well.

2 bottles of red wine on a wooden table

Cheers to happy, easy fall entertaining! Enjoy!



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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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