VERTICAL CHEESE BOARD-a beautiful and delicous way to present this appetizer-stonegableblog.comOne of my go-to things to serve when we have company is a cheese board! Loaded with great cheeses, meats, veggies, fruit, olives and nuts. Guest love it and there is something for everyone! And the best part is… I don’t have to cook anything! A quick trip to the deli and produce sections of my grocer’s and I’ve got what I need. Today we’re doing things a little differently and instead of spreading our cheese board across the table, we are going vertical!!!



The secret to creating a vertical cheese board is to find two or three great pedestal cake plates. I got these beauties from DECOR STEALS!  To make sure the cake plates don’t slip around when your company serves themselves use adhesive putty to secure them together. Adhesive putty is removable and won’t hurt most non porous surfaces.


To fill the cheese board I chose:

  • one hard cheese: sharp cheddar
  • one soft cheese: Borsin
  • one “stinky” cheese: French Bleu
  • two favorites: havarti and manchego


The meats

  • hard salami
  • pepperoni
  • sporessata

DECOR STEALS-vertical cheese board-with wine and fruit and

And the fruits:

  • cherries
  • grapes
  • clementines
  • pomegranates 



I also chose an olive mix and put it in two small bowls on the vertical cheese board and served a bowl of nuts on the side.

The cheese board was garnished with fresh rosemary and thyme. A large candle surrounded by cranberries decorate the top!




This cheese board does not take up much room and is a great conversation starter!!! Hope I have inspired you to make this easy and fun appetizer/snack when you have company!!!



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VERTICAL CHEESE BOARD-a beautiful and delicous way to present this



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  1. I love this idea. Can’t wait to serve my family this on Christmas. Just beautiful!

  2. Oh Yvonne you’re making me hungry! I’m definitely copying this for Christmas.

  3. Karen VanLoo says:

    Oh what a fabulous idea! And it’s absolutely beautiful.

  4. Nancy Carr says:

    A beautiful and wonderful way I would not have thought of. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a clever idea! I love it, and it offers another way to give some height to your table! I will be borrowing this idea for sure! Heading out to share it on G+, Twitter and FB, along with pinning. Merry Christmas!

  6. Yvonne there is not a thing you do that I don’t love. Your style of decorating is like an artist as in a great painting a painter would create. You create a beautiful home and you just keep it fresh season after season. I mean that sincerely. This is a beautiful display!

  7. Yvonne, another marvelous inspiration page to add to your future book. I know a beautifully written book with outstanding photography will one day be purchased by me and hopefully signed by you. I enjoy, marvel, and try my hand at many of your creative showpieces. Thank you. I am glad I found your blog four years ago. Your Sunday scripture feature is a blessing for me.

  8. You DID inspire me to vertical-ize my cheese board. I’ve got just what I need and it will be the perfect idea to free up some prime counter property on Christmas Eve.

  9. Merry Christmas, Yvonne!! You are a STAR in creativity! Your three tiered “vertical cheeseboard” is brilliant ! Thank you for making me …. and my table… look fresh, new, and innovative! I’m spreading your StoneGable blog around Orcas Island, Washington!

    1. Thanks for sharing StoneGable with others! You don’t know how I appreciate that!!! I adore my readers!!!!

  10. I just received a three tired set of cake stands from my parent’s home and am expecting a ;are crown for Christmas. I am so doing this! It is beautiful! Thank you for the great idea and Merry Christmas! Love your blog.

  11. No crown but a large crowd is expected. 😉 But maybe Santa could help with the crown part…

  12. A beautiful look Yvonne. Colorful, and so smart! I love the candle at the top as well!
    Introducing Designer Brady Legler!

  13. Oh wow Yvonne, this is not only a stunningly beautiful display, but also looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant and gorgeous idea! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas : )

  14. This vertical cheese board is gorgeous. I am going to make one and surprise everyone. Yummy!

  15. Fabulous idea … both elegant and practical since table space always seems to be at a premium. I’m going to try this tomorrow in fact with a crowd coming for a casual gathering.

  16. You are definitely the hostess with the mostest!!!…From the preparation of fabulous foods to the display and presentation of them that is always so impeccably done!……the 3-tired cake stands are such a wonderful way to present appetizers!…Beautiful Yvonne!

  17. I can’t wait to do it! You are a great hostess with fabulous ideas!

  18. Great idea that could be adapted for any season or occasion! Thanks for sharing that idea with us…pinning now for future use.

  19. Deborah D says:

    Oh what a wonderful idea. Can’t wait to copy for Christmas. Thank you.

  20. Love this idea, It just makes the cheese board more fancy and you gotta love that!!
    Will be trying this idea this holiday !!

  21. Love it! I am going to have to borrow this idea. Hope you are having a blessed day!


  22. Yvonne, LOVE, love, love this! Your tiered stands are a perfect solution for limited space on the table or buffet and are beautifully presented and garnished too!

  23. Deborah D says:

    Yvonne I loved this idea as soon as I saw yours and commented on it. I just saw your idea posted on facebook by OH Sister, Oh Sister. Same exact picture. Thought you should know.

  24. Again, a big thank you for this idea. This will finally put my three tier serving piece to good use for Christmas and New Year’s too. Your ideas are totally awesome

  25. I love this idea! No cooking (for a change) yet I present something both beautiful and delicious and everyone can select what they want to eat. If you have a turntable it would make the back side of the tiers more accessible if the table is up against a wall. Thank you for sharing your clever and creative idea!!!

  26. Great idea as a centrepiece on my ‘lazy Susan’…. Only wish I’d seen it before Christmas Day!

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  28. Elizabeth says:

    I love, love, love this. I love doing a cheese board anytime, this gives me another reason to get my cake plate collection out of the cupboard. You are always full of fabulous ideas, I look forward to your post. Thanks .

  29. It’s just a picture and my mouth is watering! Great idea. You deserve a large “crown” (hehehe) just for sharing these ideas with us. Don’t worry about misspelled words…sometimes they add a twist of fun!! Be blessed.

  30. Love your ideas. Will try this but I might put it on a turn table.

  31. Going vertical does save space on your table.
    Everything looks so delicious. Thanks!

  32. Absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it at my next holiday get together! You always have such fabulous ideas and inspiration!!

  33. What a beautiful and delicious centerpiece. I love the candle surrounded by cranberries and rosemary; definitely will use this at Christmas! I can’t think of fall with these temps, but I can think of Christmas. It’s always good for a change-up.

  34. Love this idea! Thank you, again!

  35. Lillian Lane says:

    I love the idea of saving table space by going up and not out. With family gatherings we always have lots of items to put out, and table space becomes premium “real estate”.

  36. Using your vertical cheese plate for Christmas-thx

  37. Tricia Campbell says:

    I have the white cake plates, but I never thought of a cheese and snack presentation. I love this!

  38. Linda Buchanan says:

    The red cherries and pomegranate seeds make it looknso festive.

  39. I make my own cake stands from a pretty tea cup turned upside down. Then I place a matching salad plate on the top. I glue it together with E600. Holds forever. Always hand wash! I ll try to post a pic on the Facebook page!

  40. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    This looks delicious and so attractive. I have never put pomegranates out but they are so festive. Do you just cut them up or scoop out the meat? Thanks for a great idea!

  41. Nancy Kowolik says:

    I love this vertical cheese board idea! How many people would that exact display serve? Thanks for your great ideas!

  42. Peggy Bostic says:

    Thank you so much for this beautiful post I have a set of tiers like yours and have never thought of doing this!!

  43. Such a beautiful idea. I love the cake stands! How long ago did you get them from DecorSteals. Id love to try and find them!