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These Cute and Clever Cheese Presentations Are Just What Your Holiday Buffet Needed

Don’t just deck the halls for a holiday part—adorn a buffet table with crowd-pleasing cheeses in clever presentations reminiscent of the season’s best-loved decorations.

Photography by: Aaron Dyer

Cheddar & Almond Pinecones

Prepare a homemade cheese ball and divide in half; shape each into an oval. Chill until set, at least 8 hours and up to 3 days. Press lightly toasted sliced almonds (skin-on) all over outside. Place rosemary-sprig “stems” alongside. Serve with crackers.

Relish-Tray Wreath

Arrange fresh bay leaves and sprigs of rosemary and sage in a wreath shape on a round platter. Add bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls), green olives, and pickled sweet red peppers, such as Peppadew, to resemble lights and ornaments.


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Cream-Cheese Christmas Tree

Cut an 8-ounce bar of cream cheese in half diagonally; flip one piece over. Match uncut long sides to make one large triangle. Place on a platter; spread top with hot-pepper jelly. Layer on very thin lengthwise slices of a mini cucumber; trim edges flush. Spread with a second thin layer of jelly. Insert a cinnamon stick for trunk. Serve with crackers.


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