A Western-Themed Open House, Catered by The Cheese Board

By Krista Phillips, Director of Catering Sales & Events

Usually, Open Houses have simple needs that must be met: a cheese display, something sweet, and of course, beer and wine. This time, my client gave me a challenge: something “Western.” Okay…Western it is. At first we were going to do a nod to Western with the menu with an elegant touch, navy lamour linens downplayed with a beautiful, elegant sunflower centerpiece. I know what you are thinking: if you are going to go Western, you need to go all the way. Well, you’re right…and so was the client.

Here’s the menu we put together:

Tequila Lime and Mango Chicken Skewers

with and avocado crema drizzle

Petite Empanadas

filled with lightly spiced black beans, corn,

tomatoes, cilantro, and jack cheese

served with house-made pico de gallo

Pulled Pork Sliders

ancho chili spiced pork topped with cilantro slaw

In petite ciabatta rolls

Fresh Vegetable Platter

served with cumin lime aioli

Mini Chicken Tostadas

with avocado, red onion, peppers.

cotija cheese, with a fresh orange and cilantro crema

Green Chili and Cheddar Dip

Served warm with tortilla chips

With the right mix of bandanas and burlap linens, the tables looked the part. Galvanized tubs and bandana linens made for an effortless set-up and went perfectly with the theme. The cocktail tables had denim linens with simple hurricane candles wrapped in faux barbed wire. I literally put those together 20 minutes before the event started, they were that easy! Finally, Devonwoods tied it all together with the happy sunflowers in galvanized steel containers, a pop of blue from the irises, and tying in the Western theme with strands of wheat. They also sourced some mini hay bales that we placed on the food table to add the final touch.

Floral by Devonwoods


Linens by Creative Coverings


Rentals by Camelot Party Rentals