Easy Holiday Cheese Boards (done 5 ways!)

‘Tis the season! Here’s 5 Easy-Peasy Holiday Cheese Boards to make entertaining your guests simple as can be!

This post is sponsored by Jarlsberg Cheese as part of the weeklong #MerryEats event. All opinions are my own, as always. 

The easiest cheese ball ever - cheese ball on a cutting board with other cheeses and condiments

I absolutely love cheese boards and really always have. I even make them for small meals for myself & my family from time to time… or lunch for myself alllll the time. I love the concept of snacking as a meal. It’s also something that I almost always put out when guests come over – whether it’s a large group of people or just a friend. You can really put just about anything on them to customize to the tastes of everyone. A smorgasbord of your favorite snacks really.

Since it’s the holidays & so many people are entertaining right now, I thought it’d be the perfect time to talk cheese boards with y’all. So, I’ve created 5 holiday themed ones for you all – and they’re EASY. Like, really easy y’all. You don’t have even to be named Martha to pull them off 😉 Perfect for this busy time of year when you don’t have much time but want to still make a great presentation.

But first…

There’s also an awesome giveaway worth $500 at the end of this post to celebrate #MerryEats week! Make sure you check it out & get your entries in!! 


5 Easy-Peasy HOLIDAY CHEESE BOARDS that you can pull off in minutes & they’re guaranteed to WOW all your guests.

All of these work great served on a large cutting board, baking tray, or straight on the tabletop for that matter!

I’ve used my longtime go-to for my cheeseboards below, Jarlsberg. Jarlsberg cheese has been one of America’s favorite speciality cheeses for over 60 years – still using the same secret recipe developed in Norway in 1956. It’s such a versatile cheese that can be used for all types of foods (think pizza, in salad, melted, on a burger, etc) – it has a distinct, sharp, & nutty taste with just the right amount of tang and a smooth, creamy texture. One bite & I think you’ll see why I love it so much.

jarlsburg cheese

1. Christmas Tree – oh Christmas Tree!

  • In this cheese board, I simply alternated ingredients to make the layers in the Christmas tree, using apples & celery leaves to make an angel topper. I used celery for the stalk of the tree. In the tree itself, from bottom to top – assorted crackers, sliced red bell pepper, salami sliced in half, sliced Envy apples, sandwich pepperoni sliced in half, Jarlsberg cheese, celery sticks, crackers, & more Jarlsberg cheese. tip: Jarlsberg cheese is so absolutely fantastic with a piece of pepperoni or salami wrapped around it. :drool:

Christmas Tree Cheese Board for the holidays

Christmas Tree cheese board

2. I like Christmas Trees – don’t we all?

  • Another take on the Christmas tree cheese plate is to add ‘evergreen leaves’ – or in this case, springs of fresh rosemary. Just add in the sprigs of fresh rosemary intermittently between the layers. I had a cute star dish & poured some ranch dressing inside for everyone’s dipping pleasure… you could also use a star cookie cutter & cut a slice of cheese for a star… or just leave the star off completely.

Christmas Tree Cheese Board

3. Christmas Wreaths aren’t just for the door anymore…

  • I pulled out the fresh rosemary springs again for this one! I simply just layed them around in a circle to form a wreath shape. Then, I carefully placed little piles of Jarlsberg cheese & NatureSweet tomatoes around the wreath. For the bow, I used 2 of the tomatoes with a tiny piece of cheese on the center of each one – and two red pepper strips for the tail of the bow. The Pesto Ranch dip in the center is easy too! I combined equal parts of store-bought pesto & ranch dressing in a small, round dish. Then I placed small sprigs of rosemary around the outside edge, & a tiny tomato & pepper ‘bow’ at the bottom. Super easy & super cute!

Wreath Cheese Board

wreath cheese board

4. Do you want to build a snowman?

  • So cute – so easy! A big pile of cubed Jarlsberg cheese for the bottom snowball (the color is perfect!), a pile of crackers for the middle, & a pile of peeled Envy apples & Rainier Pears for the head (Envy apples don’t brown you guys so they’re the perfect apple for a cheeseboard!). For the buttons, I used 3 slices of black olive – the scarf, nose, & mouth is sliced red bell peppers, & the eyes & arms are celery.

snowman cheese board

5. Candy Cane – the simplest of all!

  • Sliced red peppers, pepperoni, & Jarlsberg cheese. 3 flavors that work SO well together arranged in a red & white pattern to resemble a candy cane.

candy cane cheese board

Aren’t those awesome?! A Holiday cheese board couldn’t be simpler! Even when you don’t have much time, you can quickly create one of these & your guests will be so impressed.

If you use any of these (or a creation based on these!) – I’d love to see them! Post your pictures on Instagram & use the hashtag #MerryEats & tag me @MrsHappyHomemaker 


Now for that giveaway – it will be going on for all of#MerryEats week – from now until December 2!


One lucky winner will receive a holiday entertaining package that includes Cook’s Illustrated Holiday Cookbook and our very own Whitney Miller’s Modern Hospitality along with a host of serving dishes and seasonal minis from artist Nora Fleming. This serving ware is perfect for every holiday and entertaining event and her ceramic mini’s allow you to transform your serving dishes for every holiday. Value: $500!!

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