How to Plan a Cheese Tasting Party

how to plan a cheese party

Throwing a cheese tasting party is a fun, casual way to spend a great evening with friends.  And, since everything can be prepared ahead of time it’s an incredibly stress-free way to host a party.  It just takes a little bit of planning to put together a great assortment of cheeses.

Today I’m guest posting for Katie over at goodLife {eats} while she’s away enjoying some time with her family.  I’m sharing some of my tips for planning the perfect cheese party including:

cheese knives


Who should you invite and how many people are ideal for a cheese tasting party?

Picking the Cheese – How Much and What Kinds

When choosing your cheeses variety is key. The amount of cheese to serve can vary greatly based on the number of accompaniments you are serving and whether your guests are light or heavy eaters. I give you my general rule of thumb for how much to buy per person along with suggestions on how many types and what kinds to buy.

Presentation – How and With What to Serve Your Cheese

How – I offer suggestions on presenting your cheeses as well as a few helpful tips on choosing the right cheese board and cheese knives.

With What – I discuss possible accompaniments for your cheeses as well as suggest potential wine pairings.

how to plan a cheese party

So please join me at goodLife {eats} for “How to Plan a Cheese Tasting Party” and let’s start tasting!

But before you go, tell me, have you ever thrown a cheese tasting party?  And what are some of your favorite cheeses?


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  1. says

    i absolutely adore cheese tasting parties but can honestly say that i’ve never thrown one! i love pretty much all cheese, although i haven’t had any of the particularly pungent ones yet. still building up that confidence!

  2. says

    Your pictures are amazing! Cheese is something really delicious and so versatile. A beautiful post.

    I’ve never thrown a cheese tasting party, but find the idea great. Difficult to name only a few of my favorite cheeses as I love so many of them (Appenzell, Gruyère, Vacherin Fribourgeois, Maroille, Camembert, Munster, Brie de Meaux, Reblochon, Vacherin, Raclette, Gorgonzola, Cheddar, Cornish Blue, Feta, Halloumi, Fontina, Epoisse, Cantal, etc…)…



    • says

      What an incredible list of cheeses, thanks so much for sharing! I love a lot of those cheeses as well. Cantal has been a running favorite of mine for a while now but it’s so hard to find sometimes.

  3. says

    I havent thrown a cheese tasting party but I sure have been to plenty of wine and cheese events. i LOVE them! I love vineyards, wine tasting, cheese, good times with friends…i would love to come to your party!

    The photography is awesome. that last picture is wonderful. and so BIG. Love that!

  4. says

    I have never been to a cheese tasting party… I should throw one! I love cheese! Lets see…there’s feta, bleu, gruyere, gorgonzola, brie, goat… I think I love them all!

  5. says

    I feel rather unsophisticated but I like ‘normal’ cheese like cheddar and red leicester. I guess I better head over to Katie’s to sophisticate my palate 🙂 BTW, what non alcoholic drinks would you recommend serving with a cheese party?

  6. says

    Never thrown or been to a cheese party but I make sure I take a testing of all cheeses available with cheesemonger – that counts right? 😉 After reading the list by Rosa – I can clearly say I know nothing about cheeses and varieties. Thanks for such an informative post.

  7. Jalet says

    Since it keeps raining and we just can’t seem to get outdoor BBQ weather here in Oregon, I think this is just the lite fare party we need. Thanks for the great cheese tasting ideas and beautiful photos to inspire.

  8. Lora @cakeduchess says

    I’ve never thrown a party but have had the most incredible cheeses in Italy w/ every meal. I like Rosa’s list:) Love Asiago, goat cheese, Pecorino Romano, and all of the cheeses my MIL makes:)

  9. says

    I believe I could live on cheese (and wine, oh all right, and bread) alone. So much so that it’s as though I have my own personal cheese party every day. If only I could spend more time exploring the world of cheese out there – there are just so many to taste!

  10. jordan says

    Great Post ….. Stunning Photos ….. as usual !!!
    Is there a source for buting those gorgeous looking (i’m assuming) “Laguioles” ???
    Merci Affinement !!

    • says

      Yes, you are right they are Laguioles cheese knives but I’m afraid I don’t have a source as they were a gift. I’m sure you could find them online fairly easily.

  11. says

    So funny that you say a cheese tasting party is a casual time. That is fancy-pants in my book!!
    BUT I love the idea of it and would knock my neighbors socks off if I could keep my husband from devouring all of it before they came over!

  12. says

    Cheese wine and bread. The Holy Trinity! Great tips too. If the reader who asked about the knives Lives in LA, I have seen a nice selection of Laguioles at Monsieur Marcel in The Original Farmers Market at 3 and Fairfax. GREG

  13. says

    I SOOOOOO want to do this… I would feel so sophisticated and cool! 😉 Beautiful… no stunning!… pictures Sylvie. You are a trend setter with your flawless style!


  14. says

    Great tips! I went to a cheese tasting with a proffessional cheese taster about a year ago. He gave these little charts on how to rate the cheese, based on smell, texture and taste. It was a lot of fun, and I’m sure it would be fun to host a party like that.

  15. says

    I still haven’t thrown one, but it’s on my list! I love this post!!! And the photos are breathtaking. My favorite cheese is humboldt fog and triple cream brie. I eat them alone. No need for a cracker. 🙂

  16. says

    I’ve thrown lots of parties, but never a cheese tasting party. Sounds like a fun way to try new cheeses. And, I REALLY love cheese! Heading over to Good Life Eats now for your suggestions… 🙂

  17. says

    A very informative post for a person like me who has limited knowledge on cheese.I dont think I have ever been to a cheese tasting party but sure enjoy gazing around at the varieties in stores.Love the second picture.Loved the little details & tips you included in your post.
    Have a fun weekend!

  18. says

    Nearly every party we have includes a cheese selection paired with wine, fruit, a fresh baguette and crackers (the ones you pictured are one of my favorites!). I usually include a firm aged cheese, a goat cheese, and a blue for a variety. Headed over to read your tips 🙂

  19. says

    Mmmmmm…cheese and wine. I haven’t had an official tasting party, but I do like to serve a small cheese tray once in awhile. I like to keep trying new things, so oftentimes when I go to a reputable cheese place, I just ask them to surprise me with 1 or 2 new & interesting cheeses. Those cheese knives are beautiful!!

  20. says

    I just got comfortable with a nice chunk of Gorgonzola, some crackers, and a glass of wine, when I encountered your post on Twitter! How serendipitous! Yes, I can definitely live on bread, cheese, and wine. And I am a cheese hog – I love them all (the only thing I ever ask of my sister who lives in Germany is to bring me lots of cheese when she visits:)
    I always wanted to have a cheese party – thanks for putting it all together and making it easy:)
    I am in awe of your photos!

  21. says

    Lots of great ideas here, Sylvie. And your photos are wonderful. I do love the cheese and crackers served on the brown paper.
    I could live on cheese, bread and wine!

  22. says

    Cheese is a touchy subject for me. I don’t eat beef (red meat) so there are many (high-end, European) I can’t eat – due to the use of rennet.
    So, with my limitations, I often eat Toma, and Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam.

  23. says

    This is my first time here and I loved your blog. Cheese-tasting party can be a winner if you know the right kind of accompaniments to serve. This is surely a very good post.

  24. says

    You know how people say your eat with your eyes first? Well mine are salivating. What a phenomenal background and cheese.. my goodness, makes me want to run out and buy expensive imported German rye bread to go with.

  25. says

    I threw a wine, cheese and tapas party once and I remember the gal who did the cheese presentation used the Artisanal Cheese Clock to help select different types of cheeses. One of my favorite cheeses is a farmhouse cheddar.

  26. says

    Cheese, bread and wine: A perfect formula for a satisfying meal. That’s all you really need, right? I never give much thought to my cheese pairings though I recently bought a book that would help me to do just that. Your guest post is a must-read for this cheese-pairing novice. Thanks, Sylvie!

  27. says

    Gorgeous gorgeous photos! You make cheese so sexy and luxurious! I love the cheese against black! Stunning! Well, living in France with a wine and cheese-loving Frenchman I have no problem with any of this although I must say you have now put me in the mood for a wine and cheese party!

  28. says

    I LOVE cheese but had no idea how to pick one or throw a party with cheeses. What a party would that be with just cheeses n wine! That is a fabulous post Sylvie and clearly shows how much thought you have put into creating it. Thanks for educating cheese lovers like me 🙂

  29. says

    I have never thrown a cheese party before, but based on your post-I’m going to very soon!

    I love the idea of this and how focused it is. Besides cheese usually means wine in tow-so, um, another added incentive to get busy planning one!

  30. says

    What a gorgeous post, Sylvie. I am definitely a cheese enthusiast, but am a bit intimidated by it all! We had an amazing cheese shop down the street from us in Toronto, and I used to browse it often, and I was enthralled, but confused! The images in this post are also incredible, as always. xo

  31. says

    Sylvie, This is such a beautiful post. Your photography is gorgeous. A cheese course is so elegant, almost ceremonial the set up:). My friend who lives now in Paris served it along artisanal jams she brings back from Paris. 🙂

  32. says

    I’m going to hop over to Katie’s site and read your post. But first –

    Wanted to mention that NO, I have not thrown a formal cheese party. But I HAVE entertained by starting with a cheese plate.

    I like to keep it simple… a triple cream (usually cow), a fresh cheese (goat), and a “stinky” cheese. Lately, I’ve enjoyed serving the Epoisse. Beautifully stinky, yet mild on the tongue. 🙂


  33. says

    Love your blog! It is fantastic. I am not a cheese person per say unless it is melted but you might have just changed my mind. Seriously though my first time here and loving your blog. Will definitely be a regular from now on. Have a great weekend!

  34. says

    I haven’t thrown a cheese tasting party, but I certainly get out a variety of cheese when I’m hungry you’d think it was a party. I don’t think there is a cheese I don’t like 🙂 Brie, Gorgonzola come to mind. Recently had some new ones can’t think of names off hand, more cheese LOVE. I used to live near this great store that had a cheese shop inside and they’d let you try any type you’d like. Oh do I miss that, and bringing home some that I might not have tried in a large quantity without a sample.