(Family Features) Every Mother’s Day is an opportunity to show your mom just how special she is and how grateful you are for all she does. Make her day with a present that wraps the personal touch of a handmade craft and the novelty of a quirky trend into one unforgettable gift.
This year, upgrade your usual flower fare with an arrangement that’s beautiful and delicious: a California cheese bouquet. Customizable with ingredients tailored to fit your loved one’s tastes, these thoughtful gifts combine cheeses, berries, herbs, and more wrapped together for a perfect Mother’s Day celebration centerpiece and gift with an artsy (and thoughtful) touch.
Created by cheesemonger Jessica Lawrenz, these easy-to-follow crafts for a Classic Cheese Bouquet or a California Bounty Cheese Bouquet call for wholesome cheese made with 100% sustainably sourced Real California Milk from dairy farm families. For best results, use medium-bodied cheeses that can be easily skewered without softening up at room temperature.
Find additional cheese bouquet inspiration and more recipes to celebrate Mother’s Day by visiting realcaliforniamilk.com.
Classic Cheese Bouquet
Craft courtesy of Jessica Lawrenz (@mongermoldandmilk)
Real California White Cheddar Cheese
Real California Brie Cheese
Salumi or Salami (thinly sliced)
Floral foam block
Vase or bouquet paper
Flower cookie cutters (various sizes)
Ribbon or twine
Using a knife, cut the floral block into a shape that fits inside the vase. If using bouquet paper, use base at least 3 inches across and 4 inches high.
Wrap the floral block in plastic wrap to keep from touching items in the bouquet; place inside a vase. If using bouquet paper, place wrapped floral block in a mug to keep from falling over.
Use various cookie cutters to prepare cheeses as flowers.
To create salumi roses, layout 4-5 slices of salumi overlapping one another. Fold row in half and roll into rosebud, securing with a u-shaped toothpick. Place on a skewer, add herb leaves, and use floral tape to secure ends of the toothpick to skewer. Repeat.
Skewer cheeses, salumi roses, goldenberries, lemonquats, mini apples, and mini artichokes.
To assemble, start in the center with larger items. Use shorter skewers or toothpicks to secure smaller items closer to the edges.
Use rosemary, bay leaves, and wax flowers to fill gaps in the back of the bouquet.
To wrap: Once finished, gently lay the block with skewers on top of the paper, wrap and secure with tape and ribbon.
Source: Real California Milk