Let guests serve themselves, so you can relax and enjoy your party.

Let guests serve themselves, so you can relax and enjoy your party.

It’s the time of year for holiday parties and that means family and friends stopping by the house. When you’re hosting a get-together (either cocktails or a dinner for 15), nothing is simpler than putting together a few nibbles to stave off hunger pangs.

We’re not talking about anything fancy, just a few easy-to-do items—cheeses, mixed nuts, marinated olives, crackers, maybe some type of smoked sausage. Finger food, but a step up from pretzels and corn nuts.

Since we’re based in Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, we typically serve a variety of cheeses. One that usually makes the cut is an aged cheddar. Our guests always like its crumbly, sharp tang.

This holiday, when you’re hosting a gathering at your place don’t forget the nibbles and a few glasses of good cheer.

Sources for Wisconsin Cheese
* Brennan’s Market—a favorite in the Madison-area. Try the white cheddar with cranberries. A must-have for several of our friends in MA and IA.

* Old Tavern Club Cheese—located in Waukesha, this is the place if you’re searching for Wisconsin supper club relish tray favs like cheddar pecan spread or port wine spread. The foods of my youth.

Cheese Course Ideas
If you want to learn more about Swiss and French cheeses, or serve a cheese course as is often done in Europe, visit the site of cookbook author and knowledgeable source of all things French, Wini Moranville. Wini also provides some excellent recipes served with a dash of French flavor and flair.

European Home Wares
Don’t be caught short of serving pieces the day of your party. We have several unique, timeless platters that will make your evening sparkle.
—Finnish Serving Plattershttp://shop.europeanmarket.us/Finnish-Serving-Platters-14FN.htm
—French Serving Plattershttp://shop.europeanmarket.us/French-Serving-Platter-27FR.htm