A party isn’t a party without the ultimate cheese platter waiting for guests to devour. Regardless of what you normally eat, cheese is something that can’t be denied. The perfect cheese platter will have the party gravitating towards this beautiful centerpiece.

When creating a seasonal cheese plate, you’ll want to have one cheese from four major kinds. I like to have one extra sharp cheddar, one herbed goat, a creamy blue and a gouda. The Gouda is perfect for fall because of its beautiful orange color. Ever had the Prima Donna? You’ll never go back. Next hit up a creamy blue, that has a less crumbly texture and more creamy. I got a cave aged blue from Trader Joe’s and it did not disappoint.

The extra sharp cheddar can be found almost anywhere. I like to get a white cheese, as opposed to a yellow. These are personal preferences and can be changed at your discretion. The last cheese is the herbed goat. I get these small logs at Trader Joe’s, but they also carry other flavors. If I would have found a pumpkin goat, that would have been perfect. Opt for something fun and easy to please. If you prefer to swap out the goat for something less soft, I would replace it with a Manchego. When I put that out, it tends to be a crowd pleaser.

Let’s reiterate:

  • Gouda
  • Herbed Goat
  • Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • Creamy Blue

How to Build the perfect Harvest Cheese Platter

Now, for the other parts of the plate, you’ll want some refreshing additions. I like to add seasonal fruits and nuts as well as olives and honey.

With fruit, it’s easy to go crazy. I added a trio of grapes (green, purple and dark purple), and white raspberries. I desperately wanted to add fresh figs, but couldn’t find them at the few grocers I went to. I’m sure Whole Foods, would have had them, but I didn’t make it in time.

In the middle of the plate, I placed a small jar of local Utah honey that I picked up while visiting home. Off to the side, is a a small bowl of bright green olives. You can use whatever olives you prefer, but these Italian Castelvetrano olives added a nice pop of rustic color and a mild taste. To finish off the plate, sprinkle some raw or candied walnuts around to add that nice crunch.


Okay, Let’s list them:

  • Trio of Grapes
  • Raspberries (or other seasonal fruits)
  • Walnuts
  • Olives
  • Honey

How to Build the perfect Harvest Cheese Platter

Finally, add a bowl of table crackers and crunchy bread sticks. If you’re platter is large enough, you can them directly to the plate.

How to Build the perfect harvest cheese platter

Item’s you’ll need for the perfect Harvest Cheese Platter:

  • Gouda Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Blue Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Grapes
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Olives
  • Walnuts
  • Crackers and Bread Sticks


Want to Know how I made those awesome little signs I used distinguish my different cheeses? Here’s a short tutorial:

Begin by Collecting the supplies you’ll need:

  1. Toothpicks
  2. Card stock cut into 4 small squares
  3. Tape
  4. Scissors
  5. Sharpie

Next, write your four cheeses on each card stock square.

How to Build the perfect Harvest Cheese Platter

Once you’ve written your cheeses, carefully trim the edges into even smaller squares.

How to Build the perfect Harvest Cheese Platter

Then, flip each piece over. Carefully tape one toothpick to the backside. .

How to Build the perfect Harvest Cheese Platter

Make sure to allow the long part of the toothpick to be below the bottom of the word.

How to Build the perfect Harvest Cheese Platter

And you’re all finished!


Have a great Harvest Party and comment below for any questions or extra tips to add!



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