The one essential quality of a good host: they always have food on hand for their guests. Which means that, no matter how delicious the smells coming from your stove are when people walk in, you still want to greet them with something they can snack on immediately. To really spoil them with riches, you can’t beat a bounty of meats, cheeses, and other bite-sized accompaniments. Our advice: select one item from each of the following columns, then distribute them on your board with a little bit of distance between the meat and cheese to show some respect to the vegetarians.
Serve at least one ounce per person in attendance.
Shave some thin and fold; others, slice into rounds.
Remove from the fridge to allow to warm to room temp.
Focus on carbs that won’t just become a mess of crumbs.