If you're looking for a simple side dish to make for a holiday celebration or to enjoy with family or friends at home, then consider cheese and crackers. There are numerous ways to make cheese and cracker platters depending on the event and how many people you plan to serve. Try to use a platter that coordinates with the event to complete the ensemble, such as a green or red platter for Christmas or one with a bunny or eggs for Easter. You can also find platters that have divisions to make it easier to keep the crackers and the cheese separate.
Before getting any of the supplies, you need to think about how many people will be at the event. Cheese doesn't usually last as long as other foods once it's taken out of the package. You should also think about whether you're going to serve the platter before or after a meal. If you're only serving appetizers, then you might want to consider a fruit or vegetable tray as well as a meat tray for sandwiches. Take a look at a grocery store to see what kind of cheeses are offered. There might be some that you want to leave off of your platter because of their taste or even their smell. Try to include a few different flavors to suit everyone's desires as well as a few different types of crackers. Three to five different kinds of cheese is usually enough for even a large crowd as long as you get enough slices. You can also get blocks of cheese to cut into small cubes.
An option to consider would be to order a platter from a store or from a company that specializes in creating them. You should try to limit the number of rich cheeses that you serve if you're having dinner. However, if there are only appetizers, then serve a combination of textures as well as those that are made with different kinds of milk.