To label the food and beverages at our party (wait, which sweet tea is spiked?), we turned old plastic picture frames into mini chalkboards. The poor frames were starting to crack and show their age, but after a few coats of paint, they’re shiny and new!
The process for transforming these frames was similar to the huge chalkboard we painted last February, though even quicker. Instead of primer, I sprayed the clean frames front and back with flat black paint. I followed that with two coats of chalkboard paint on just the front side, waiting 20 minutes between coats. The work was done in an hour (good thing, as this was another day-before project!), and then I just waited a few more hours before bringing them inside!
The brilliance of chalkboards as labels is that I didn’t have to decide the layout of my tables in advance. I simply put all the dishes out, rearranged them (and rearranged them again) and then finally set out my labels. I was even able to leave off the foods that weren’t out yet. All that flexibility and cuteness to boot!
I used the last bit of spray paint on the mismatched lids for the biscuit toppings. They were a bit tricky to write to on, but definitely cute enough to be worth the trouble.