I love having friends over! Even in a small space like our studio apartment having others over is a great way to open our home and serve friends. As a kid my mom always loved hosting parties and having friends over. She bravely hosted endless sleepovers, get togethers, family gatherings and holiday parties. The hostess gene runs through my veins and parties are my jam. The fun filled atmosphere is contagious. But no party is complete without awesome food. A party without food is like an office meeting. Yuck. Food brings people to life, sets the mood and full bellies bring giggles (although margaritas sure do help).
Food is the center of any gathering, and the way it’s presented says a lot. Presentation tells your guests that you genuinely care about their experience and that you put thought into your time with them. Slapping some broken chips on a paper plate is so college. Taking the time to create a decent presentation when hosting doesn’t actually take up much time once you have the right accoutrements. Goodbye paper plates, use those for making masks with the kids. Next time you have friends over have this handy chalkboard serving tray to differentiate between your gluten free, organic, vegan and tree nut free goodies.
DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray
This serving tray is seriously the best DIY idea. At minimal cost this DIY would also make a great gift for mom, sister or house warming.
What you need:
- Chalkboard Paint
- Dollar Tree Tray
First, assemble your materials on a clear surface. Make sure wherever you are working is craft friendly, a.k.a. if you drip paint you’re not going to ruin your brand new kitchen counters. Read your chalkboard paint directions carefully. As I have stated in a previous chalkboard post, chalkboard paint is applied differently than normal paint, there’s a method to their directions and guarantee you don’t want to miss those.
*Typically for chalkboard paint the directions are simple: shake the bottle well, apply the first layer in one direction (ie. horizontal), let dry and then apply the second layer in the opposite direction (ie. vertical). BUT read your directions, juuust in case they vary from mine.
Now, take your paint and pour it on a paper plate or bowl. Carefully apply the first layer of paint to the base of your tray. Allow to dry fully before applying to second coat.
While the paint is still wet, take a napkin or paper towel and clean up the edges of your chalkboard paint.
Allow the paint to completely dry. Drink some coffee, bake some muffins, go to Target for milk and come home with the entire dollar spot! Chalkboard paint dries relatively quickly, so it should only be about a 30 minute wait.
Once it’s totally dry, the tray is ready for the second coat! Apply the second coat of paint in the opposite direction as applied before. This coats all the nooks and crannies and allows the paint to be coated evenly. After the tray is covered, again take your rag and clean up the edges. Set aside and let finish drying!
After your tray is dry, it’s ready for use! Use your tray to display your latest kitchen success, bring goodies for parties or showcase your cheese platter for girls night! Food brings the joy and this tray is the simplest way to elevate any get together.
I hope you enjoyed this super easy tutorial! If you give it a try, let me know! Snap a photo and use #beingmrsmcintosh to share on social media.
‘Til next time!