Cheese Platter

Creating the perfect cheese platter is a must for any host/hostess.  Whether it is for a wine and cheese party, appetizer or just a snack, cheese platters are great for any occasion.  It is so simple, but the presentation can make it look much more extravagant.  There are so many different ways to do a cheese platter, but any cheese platter should have some sort of the following:  (1) cheese, (2) a vehicle to eat the cheese, (3) something sweet and (4) an extra spread.

This cheese platter was created as a Sunday afternoon snack for me and the hubby.  There is no reason why you can’t make a snack fancy 🙂

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The Cheese

I chose to do a Brie and an Italian hard cheese called Brenta Stagionato.  I am not super adventurous (some may even call it very picky) when it comes to cheese and I like the milder varieties, but you could choose from a million different cheeses to suit your taste.  I actually went to a fancy wine and cheese shop to buy the cheese and it was so fun to taste all of the different cheeses and pick something I liked with the help of someone who knew what they were talking about.  Certainly more expensive than the grocery store, but so worth it.


I added some honey (Savannah Bee Company wildflower honey from our weekend getaway) as an extra spread, sliced apples (from our recent annual apple picking adventure), and grapes (no exciting story here…they are just from the grocery store).  I used simple water crackers as the vehicle so that the flavors of the cheese would stand out, but a sliced baguette is also always a good choice.

The options for accompaniments to a cheese platter are endless.  You could add just about anything and it would be delicious.  Depending on the season, you might want to change-up the type of fruit you use.  And for a more hearty platter you may want to add some meats such as salami or prosciutto (I truly believe that if you add prosciutto to anything it makes it better…yes, a true Italian)


I have a great slate cheese board that my mom found on super sale somewhere so, unfortunately, I do not have details on where you can find it.  But, it comes with these little chalkboard labels that you can write the types of cheese on it or I can also write with chalk right on the board.  I never thought I needed a cheese board, but I was so wrong!


A Tribute to Oscar de la Renta

This is by no means a fashion blog, but with the passing of Oscar de la Renta, I have to pay a small tribute to such an amazing designer.  I was honored to have worn one of his stunning gowns on my wedding day.  You always see celebrities walking down the red carpet in his beautiful creations, but to actually put one on (and buy it 🙂 ) was truly a dream come true.  The moment I put it on, I knew it would be the dress I would walk down the aisle in.  The fabric and the details were unparalleled and it was absolutely perfect.

A few pics from our wedding day…



0540GHP_0479A few pics from my dress fittings…




Thank you for making me feel classic, feminine, elegant and absolutely beautiful on my big day.

Fall Front Porch

Once I completed giving our new rocking chairs a facelift, I was on a mission to create the perfect Fall porch.  So, here is the full reveal of our porch rocking chairs and our Fall Front Porch 🙂

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As a quick reminder, here is a before and after picture of the rocking chairs…

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I’m thrilled with how they turned out!

And, they are an essential part of our Fall Porch decor, which includes all of the necessary Fall components.

  • Bale of hay
  • Pumpkins
  • Jack-o-Lantern (carved by my husband and I)
  • Mums

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I’m going to love updating this space with each season/holiday!







P.S. I remodeled the blog a little so I hope you like it!