All the supplies you need, from boards and spreaders to knives and ramekins, to make this dinner party essential come to life. 

By Elisabeth Sherman
Updated: October 11, 2017
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As the holiday season approaches, chances are you’ve probably got family visiting out of town, an annual Friendsgiving party that it’s finally your turn to host, and a calendar filled with dinner and cocktail parties that at this point might seem more overwhelming than exciting. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

One of the crucial elements of a party is the cheese plate. It greets visitors when they enter your home, laid out invitingly on the dinner table alongside a bottle of wine, and is the first sign that your party is going to be a success. If the cheese board is a hit, your status as a certified host or hostess will be solidified in the party pantheon, alongside Jackie Onassis and Perle Mesta. No pressure right?

To help you navigate the innumerable cheeseboards, knives, and other accessories out there that compliment a cheese plate, mkgalleryamp; Wine has gathered our picks (some of which we use in our test kitchen) for the supplies you need make this must-have dinner party appetizer a smash.

Boards:

“We usually use wood or slate boards,” Kesley Youngman, Test Kitchen Manager for mkgalleryamp; Wine explains. “Marble looks great and keeps a nice cool temperature, but is sensitive to acid (which will etch the marble) and can more easily stain. Wood is porous, too, but well-cleaned and oiled boards will work great.”

This is the beautiful acacia, dark wood cheese board our team uses in the test kitchen: