best cheese platter

A beachside stay at Hillhaven calls for celebration! Impress your guests with stunning ocean views and the perfect cheese platter for your party. Read on for our top tips on creating the best cheese platter for the beach.

When selecting your cheese, keep in mind the following families to vary the texture and flavour in your platter. To create the best cheese platter you can also create a nuanced spread by offering cheese made from different types of milk. If you happen to know your guests’ preferences, you can build the platter accordingly; otherwise make sure there’s at least one relatively common cheese most people will enjoy.

Soft: Include a polished party favourite, like Camembert or Brie.
Firm: Select a hard cheese, like Parmesan or Manchego.
Blue: Offer a marbled cheese, like Stilton or Gorgonzola.
Aged: Go for the aged version of a universal favourite, like Cheddar or Gouda.

The best cheese platter rule of thumb for serving cheese is to offer at least 4 ounces per person. When in doubt, have extra cheese on hand, as you can always save it for another get-together or serve it again at the end of the night.

Once you’ve selected the cheese, it’s time to focus on accompaniments. Serving the cheese with hearty extras will complement the array of flavours and extend the life of your cheese platter. Choose from the following categories:


Opt for a variety of textures and grains. Include items such as sliced sourdough or baguette, crackers, and breadsticks.


Offer guests at least one savoury condiment (such as mustard) and one sweet option (think chutneys, preserves or honey). Pickled vegetables, caramelised onion, and artichoke hearts are also great additions to any cheese platter. Don’t forget the olives!


Sliced or stone fruits, such as pear, apple, figs or cherries, always pair well with cheese, as do sweet, candied nuts.


Provide spicy or salted nuts, and cured meats, like salami, shaved ham, or prosciutto to bulk up your platter and balance out the sweet flavours.

Now that your cheese platter is ready, keep in mind the following serving tips:

  • Cheese should always be served at room temperature. Remove the cheese from the refrigerator an hour before guests arrive to bring out the natural flavours.
  • Label your platter so that your guests can easily identify each cheese.
  • If you have a large party, create small platters to spread throughout the vicinity.
  • Provide multiple knives for each platter to avoid mixing the cheeses.

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