Here I am, reporting back on the cheese-y-ness of my book-club-hosting snacks. I ended up choosing only two cheeses: brie (a soft) and colby (a semi-firm with a good, people-pleasing flavor).
That's not to say, though, that two choices of cheeses made up the whole spread. I actually opted for two cheeses because cheese was to be only a part of the offering. The final table had the cheeses, two types of crackers, summer sausage, grapes, and Fannie May chocolates (creams only). I even got to use my new cheese board and soft cheese knife.
I thought it looked rather pretty; and it tasted good, too.