It’s that time of year again: the holidays. And with the holidays come endless amounts of holiday parties, whether you like them or not. One perk to these holiday parties, though, is cheese plates. If there’s a dinner party, there’s likely to be a cheese plate.
What can make or break a cheese plate is its arrangement. A hastily thrown-together cheese plate is definitely noticeable, and highly unappealing. But there’s an element that can help accentuate a beautiful cheese plate, and is many ways the icing on the cake of cheese plates: cheese spreaders.
Cheese spreaders may seem useless, but they are actually quite important. Ever tried spreading cheese with a regular knife? Unless the cheese is incredibly soft, this can be quite a challenge. And an aesthetically pleasing cheese spreader can improve even the worst of cheese plates. But what makes for an aesthetically pleasing cheese spreader? Here are nine of our favorites.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that win us over. This vintage cheese spreader, hand stamped to say “fromage,” will grace your cheeseboard and remind everyone of why they came to the party in the first place.
I’m probably biased towards this particular spreader because it reminds me of two of my favorite things: elephants and the opening scene of The Lion King. But the craftsmanship of this handle is beautiful. I would love to stare admiringly at this while nibbling on Brie. Or mozzarella. Or Gouda. Really any type of cheese.
This isn’t very different from our #9 cheese spreader, but at least these tell you what type of cheese you’re spreading. Or they tell you how to organize your cheese plate, giving you one less thing to worry about this holiday season.
Between the pumpkins and the gorgeous color of the leaves, autumn might be the most beautiful time of the year, and these spreaders do a great job of highlighting the season. They are the perfect complement to all parties that happen between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and cheese is the most important food of any meal; ergo, breakfast cheese spreaders! Spread the breakfast love while you spread cheese or dip at your next party.
These are arguably the most aesthetically pleasing of the bunch. The tree creates a perfect perch for these beautifully crafted owls to sit while they wait for you to use them. Granted, it can give you the feeling that they’re watching you eat your cheese, and create a Big Brother–esque feel, but that could fit perfectly at a party with a creepier theme (like a Halloween party, or a party where you had to invite a bunch of people you don’t actually like).
Maybe these are a bit corny, but I’ve always had a soft spot for puns. Because of that, being reminded to spread joy and love while spreading cheese seems great (or should I say grate?). Plus, we all could benefit from being reminded to do this stuff once and a while, and those reminders pack the biggest punch when they come from the most unlikely places.
Okay, I guess this is technically a butter spreader. But it’s too good to not put on here! It asks the important question that we’re all thinking. Plus, it’s a reference to one of the best lines in Mean Girls. Overall, it’s a win-win situation.
I openly laughed out loud when I first saw these, mainly because the reference is so random. Who thinks of Eurythmics songs while eating cheese? Add that to the fact that all of the lyrics are turned into cheese puns, and you have a truly hilarious set of spreaders sure to please anyone who looks closely at your cheese plate.
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