I will admit, when it comes to giving gifts, I am terrible. If you don’t tell me exactly what you want, I will NEVER figure it out on my own. So when it comes to hostess gifts and friends, I usually default to a bottle of wine or a gift card. Not this year! I summoned my creativity and love of cooking to come up with these fun gifts. Only a little painting and shopping required!
The idea came to me as I was wandering through HomeGoods. I saw a huge display of cutting boards. They were in all different shapes and sizes and I thought “I should grab a couple of those to use for cheese boards at a party.” Then I thought “I should give those to others to use at a party!” And an idea was born.
Have you ever had the problem where you are at a party and you look at the array of cheeses and you have no idea what they are? No? I guess I’m the only one.
You can’t bend down and sniff them all because that would be rude. You could taste them all, but that would be a lot of cheese! Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy way to label them? I decided that I would paint on the boards with chalk board paint so that the type of cheese being served could be written on it. I felt brilliant!
I ran into my friend Angela after I had grabbed several boards. She said “Whatcha doin’ with all those?” and when I told her she exclaimed “Well, did you leave any for me!?” She is a super creative person so I’m sure if she made any that day, they are fantastic! She made me feel even more brilliant!
I got home and gathered my supplies. I needed some small brushes, a circle stencil, painters tape and chalk board paint. I snagged chalk board paint from another friend Angela who had just done her mud room with chalk board paint and had leftovers.
I taped off, or traced on, the parts on each board that I wanted to paint with the chalk board paint. Then I got to work. It only took one coat because the paint is very thick and covers well. It also dries pretty quickly.
I used some jute string to tie on chalk. I had gathered some fun cocktail napkins and kitchen towels at World Market. I grabbed some cheese spreaders there too. Then I tied all of the boards and goodies up into a nice little package.
Then I added the bottle of wine. Because everything is better with wine! And I wrapped them in fancy Christmas cellophane basket wrap.