THROW A HOLIDAY COCKTAIL PARTY

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Hello, hello my fabulous holiday babes! How are you all surviving the holiday season? I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in Chicago it is unseasonably warm. Now, it just doesn’t truly feel like Christmas without snow on the ground, so we decided to get into the holiday spirit in the only way we know how – throw a party!

If you are an LK regular, you know we love a good party but don’t have much time for all the hype and stress that usually comes along with hosting a get-together. That is why we decided to host a last minute holiday cocktail party with some of our closest friends. Think mimosas & cheese boards for days! All the fun without any of the stress, what could be better?
IMG_7521jville_2Thanks to our friends at Johnsonville, our cheese board was a massive hit & took less than 5 minutes to put together! Want to know the secrets for putting together the perfect board with equal parts sweet, savory, and delicious? Well, keep scrolling my friends because we are sharing the dirty little secret to mastering everyone’s favorite appetizer below!
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INGREDIENTS:

– Your favorite cheese board

– Several varieties of cheese – we recommend getting several as you never know what could be a hit (brie, gouda, goat, and asiago tend to be our favorites)

– Fruit (think grapes, pears, figs, berries)

– Crackers (grab a variety!)

Johnsonville summer sausage

– Spreads (jams, jellies, marmalades, etc.)

– Nuts (party mixes are great, just make sure it’s got some flavor)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Okay friends, grab that fabulous board and let’s get started! If you don’t have a traditional cheese board, feel free to use a cutting board or a piece of slate – whatever you have that is flat serving piece is perfect!

I think the perfect board is equally weighed on both sides. Meaning, both ends of the board have similar components. That way your guests aren’t reaching all over the board to build themselves the perfect snack.

Start off by putting your olives, nuts, fruit, and other side goodies on the outskirts of the board – rembering to have both sides be equal. Next, add in the cheese! I like to get five blocks – two for each side & one for the middle. From there, add in crackers and thinly sliced sausage. I love using Johnsonville’s summer sausage because the flavor is already there! Just slice, serve, and sit back while your guests think you are a total pro!

From there, add in the jams, jellies, and other spreads you may have. Put these jars throughout the board as you never know what flavor pairings people may come up with! Encourage your guests to get creative and try something new. Some of our favorite flavor combos have started from a cheese board.

Once it’s all built, grab the appropriate utensils (butter knife, cheese knives, etc.) and place them near or on the board. Now your guests have everything they need to dive right in!

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And there you have it my friends, the perfect, fool-proof recipe for hosting the ideal holiday cocktail party. No muss, no fuss, and freakishly little clean up! What could be better?! We can’t wait to see your holiday inspired get-togethers, so make sure you tag us in them! 
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Photos by This Girl Sylvia

Special thanks to White Elephant Design for the amazing custom champagne flutes & animal stir stickslauren kelp author button

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville . The opinions and text are all mine.