Pick four cheeses to start. You’ll want to select two from the soft family, such as Brie, Camembert, blue, fontina, Havarti, and Monterey Jack, and two harder cheeses, such as manchego, Parmesan, cheddar, Gouda, Swiss, and Gruyère. And guess what? You can find all of these right in your grocery store. No fancy-foodie-WTF-is-that-smell cheese shop required.
You could also say YOLO and add a vegan nut-based cheese—guaranteed to make three people at your party really happy and the rest really curious. We think four is the magic number because you’ll be satisfying all cheese preferences (there are plenty of those).