If your idea of Hot Vax Summer includes hosting dinner parties with elaborate charcuterie spreads, we’re right there with you. And while you probably know exactly which crackers, meats, and cheeses you want to serve, you might want some help picking the perfect cheese board.
The easiest move, if you don’t want to be bothered with getting separate cheese knives, is getting an all-in-one set that comes with both, so the only thing you’ll have to add is the veggies and cheese. Of course if you’re looking to fancy up an outdoor picnic, you’ll want a tiny, portable cheese board. Oversized boards are great when you have friends over since they can act as the literal centerpiece of your gathering.
There’s also material to consider: wood is rustic, easy to clean, and relatively lighter than slate or marble cheese boards. If you want something super impressive looking, you might want a crystal or stoneware one. Whatever you decide, if you need inspiration on how to lay things out, TikTok is full of fancy shark coochie projects.
Read on to shop our top picks, from a classic slate platter to an all-in-one set that would make a great housewarming present.
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A Board With Integrated Cheese Knives
If you don’t already have a set of cheese knives, this round charcuterie board comes with all the fixings and accessories included in an integrated tray. This cheese board also has a ton of customization options, including removable slate trays and ramekins for nuts or olives.
A Picnic Ready Cheese Board
The Best Board for Serving a Crowd
This giant cheese board from Heirloomed is perfect for dinner parties or for just showing off your home’s ample table or counter space. The cutout handles will ensure your antipasti arrives to its destination safely, and the wood is sustainably sourced from fallen trees or trees that have to be removed.
An on-Trend Terrazzo Piece
If you’re ready to jump into the terrazzo home decor trend, this stylish cheese board is the best, low-commitment way to incorporate it into your space. The board is compact enough to pack for an upscale picnic, but also would look right at home serving cheese and crackers on a cafe table or counter.
A Slate Board That Comes With Accessories
This slate cheese board is a great gift for the Virgo in your life who feels the need to label and organize everything down their charcuterie boards. It’s also perfect for hosts who want to mark potential allergens for their guests.
The Best for Recreating Scenes From the Queen’s Gambit
If you binged The Queen’s Gambit and still have yet to get a chess board of your own, might we suggest one with playing pieces you can actually eat? On the flip side is a backgammon board, in case that’s more your speed.
A Reversible Marble and Wood Board
If you can’t choose between a marble or wood cheese platter, this reversible board from the socially responsible homeware company Be Home offers the best of both worlds.
A Classic Round Wood Board
In my opinion, if you don’t want your decadent charcuterie spread to be eaten off of a slice of a tree, you’re lying. This board from Fortessa allows you to do just that, and it’s made out of durable acacia wood.
A Slim Board With an Intricate Design
This slim cheese board is made with FSC-certified teak wood so it will absorb the impact of your knives without damaging them. The sleek herringbone design is a nice touch as well.
A Cheese Board to Keep Your Goodies Organized
For snack enthusiasts who want designated spots for each of their cheese board’s elements like crackers, fruit, or nuts, this bamboo board has recessed sections to help divide spaces for highly customized platters and spreads.
An Ornate Marble Cheese Board
This marble board from Williams Sonoma features a subtle bee design and is perfect for laying out social media-friendly spreads. Pair with nutty cheeses and a decadent slab of honeycomb to maximize the honeybee aesthetic.
A Cheese Board for the Person Who’s Into Crystals
No guarantees that this cheese plate will better align your spiritual energy or unlock any metaphysical abilities, but you can, at the very least, try to manifest good vibes for your next dinner party.
A Board for Elaborate Displays
This board doubles as an interactive display: the top swings open to reveal integrated storage for the included knives. There are also plenty of recessed grooves and ramekins to keep your snacks and cheeses organized.
An Elegant Board and Coaster Set
This simple and elegant wooden board is gorgeous for displaying your assortment of cheeses and crackers, but doesn’t distract from the star of the show (the food). You can choose between Walnut, Cherry, or Maple wood, all of which will be gentle on your knives and last for years of use. The handle also makes it easier to transport the board from room to room, and the set comes with cute matching coasters.
A Sleek Slate Option
You can’t go wrong with a simple piece of slate for serving up a carefully curated cheese spread. This piece of food-safe black clay is non-porous and resistant to thermal shock, so you can toast up some crostini in the oven directly on the platter, and it’s dishwasher safe.
A Rustic Rosemary Etched Board
This etched wooden cheese board looks like something you’d use to serve up freshly foraged mushrooms in a country cottage kitchen. The hand carved botanical details would also look great as a wall-hanging when not in use.
A One-of-a-Kind Board With Carrying Handles
Lomar Farms is Black-owned family farm located 20 miles outside of New York City and they make everything from candles to soap to kitchen items, like this wood cheese board. This one-of-a-kind board is crafted from cherry wood and features elegant gold handles. They also sell walnut charcuterie boards too, but because each one is unique you’ll have to keep an eye out and act fast before they sell out.