It's that time of year and the holidays are fast approaching. There are so many things you need to do, plans to make, guests to invite. Or maybe you're doing a pot luck thing with your friends and need an affordable finger food to bring along. Either way, it's very easy to spend a lot of money on food and entertaining this time of year. So I did a little homework for you and came up with this affordable Walmart cheese tray.
Affordable Walmart Cheese Tray is Just $20 (and thirty five cents) 🙂
The best part about this cheese tray is the bang you get for your buck. I went to a Walmart Supercenter which has a whole grocery store in addition to the regular store. I was really surprised by how many cheeses they were offering. The $2 cheeses are a must, of course. However, you've got to splurge a little by getting a small triangle of brie and one other fancy-ish cheese to elevate your cheese tray. I went with the blueberry goat cheese which I never had before and it was incredible!
Cost Breakdown of the cheese tray:
- Gouda cheese: $2
- Pepperjack cheese: $2
- Brie cheese: $2.97
- Blueberry goat cheese: $3.98
- Large box of variety crackers: $4.28
- Grapes: $2.68
- Honey roasted peanuts: $2.44
- GRAND TOTAL: $20.35
What makes this a great value (no pun intended) is you can re-fill your cheese tray. Or make two cheese trays with what you have... and you'll still have more left! If you go with hot appetizers, you'll need two or three options and that will jack the costs up way over $20.
Tips for Assembly of Your Walmart Cheese Tray
- Presentation: With cheese trays uniformity is a thing. These types of platters of food seem to have a symmetry to them, right? Don't be afraid to play with it and be a little fussy.
- The crackers: There are six different flavors in the variety pack at Walmart which I go over in the video. They are all different sizes/shapes, so lump similar-shaped crackers together and try to snake them around something so they look neat and symmetrical.
- Blueberry-Lemon-Thyme Goat cheese: You'll want a couple splashes of color with your cheese tray and this cheese works great for that. When I was first imagining the tray I thought of the beauty of that log of goat cheese. Then I realized it actually looked much better sliced.
- Grapes: Examine your grapes and pick the best looking grapes for your platter (s).
- Brie: This is a cheese that also looked slightly better with a few slices cut for better presentation. You could also drizzle honey on top of it if you have that on hand.
Optional Add-ons for Your Cheese Tray:
Remember, if you are on a budget, it's time to get crafty. Think of what you might already have on hand that you can add to your cheese tray or serve on a side plate.
- Cream cheese and jelly.
- Olives of any kind (put them in small ramekins).
- Sliced fruit (melon, strawberries, apples).
- Deli meat (leftover from sandwiches??). Cut the meat slices in half, roll it up and stick a toothpick in it.
- Honey (drizzle some on the brie to make it look pretty).
- Hummus (awesome with crackers).
Looking for More Appetizer Ideas Beyond the Cheese Tray?
- Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage, Panko & Cheddar
- Apple Brie Crostini
- Canned Crab Toasties (no Mayonnaise)
- Brown Sugar Bacon Sticks Brushed w/Maple Syrup
- Nana's Weird Hot Dog Appetizer
- French Onion Soup Crostini
- Phyllo Cups FIVE Ways