When it comes to entertaining, BYOC (cheese) is the new BYOB (beer wine). But Tina Roth Eisenberg, the woman behind the design blog Swiss-Miss, found a way to kick things up a notch: She turned BYOC into a personality game—and non-awkward icebreaker—for guests.
Here’s how it works: First, plan that dang party you’ve been wanting to host. Invite people for the Oscars, a new book club you decided to start or a low-key dinner party with ten of your closest—but for some reason, have never met each other—friends.
Next comes the big ask. Instead of arriving with a bottle of vino (or six-pack of beer), ask your friends to each bring a cheese that best reflects their personality. As the host, you’ll then lay all that delicious fromage on a cheese plate and ask each person to go around the room and explain what they brought.
For example, your gutsy friend Lucy from work? She brought Brie because she’s secretly a total softy inside. Or Walter, your next-door neighbor? He showed up with a Wisconsin cheddar since he’s originally from Milwaukee.