Cheese Party Essentials:
Slate serving boards
Instead of buying a fancy cheeseboard, use slate tiles from the hardware store. Write the names of the cheeses on the tiles with chalk, or use note cards.
A knife for every cheese
Set out a separate knife for each cheese to prevent mixing flavors. Cheese knives are great, but butter knives and paring knives work well, too.
Have guests write their names directly on their wineglass with a Sharpie marker. The ink washes off with soap and water.
Serve nonalcoholic drinks to help pace the evening. For a sparkling-wine party, serve sparkling water mixed with different fruit purees.
Remember to have lots of plastic bags or containers on hand so you can save any extra cheese to bring home for making mac and cheese.