Give your guests something to be extra thankful for by sending them home with a tasty favor box. Since those Thanksgiving dishes you spent all day preparing deserve better than plastic wrap, set out empty containers (find cute boxes at craft stores or at papermart.com) and some ribbon as you’re cleaning up and let folks load them up with leftovers. Seal the deal with a cute sticker or tag and rest assured that everyone will enjoy a home-cooked lunch tomorrow!
Click here to download our Thanksgiving take-home bag stickers and tags, plus 20 Thanksgiving leftover recipes!
Photograph by Johnny Miller
If you’re like me, you always over-buy paint. I mean, who wants to get halfway through a painting project and realize you don’t have enough paint and need to go back to the store? Not me! So, with this philosophy in mind, I often end up with extra paint. So after my last painting project–a chalkboard cabinet door–I had an immense amount of chalkboard paint to get rid of, thus I began a search for more chalkboard paint ideas. Check out the 7 cool ideas–I might actually try–below!
Chalkboard Wine Glass Labels
Looking for wine glass charms before a party is a pain in the butt so nix the idea completely by opting for chalkboard paint-dipped wine glasses. You’l never get your wine glass confused with someone else again.
As of now, I’m not sure what I’m would do with chalkboard painted bottles, but as I collect beautiful bottles and always want to upcycle old wine bottles, this could be a great solution.
Chalkboard Wrapping Paper
How fun! Personalize your gift wrapping paper with chalkboard paint. Supposedly, the chalkboard paint wrapping paper is reusable too.
Can’t have a real fireplace? No worries, just draw one instead! I particularly like this photo because of the small candles in front of the illustrated fireplace.
Chalkboard Herb Garden Labels
Classy and cute labeling is hard to find. Chalkboard paint provides the much-needed solution here.
Chalkboard Wall Calendar
Got a blank wall in your office? Then dress it up and simultaneously get a handle on planning with this chalkboard paint wall calendar. Write directly onto the chalkboard paint days or use post-its as an easy (and moveable) alternative.
Chalkboard Cheese Plate
I love this idea because it provides an easy solution to the “labeling the cheese plate dilemma.” Not sure what I’m talking about? Labeling a cheese plate on the fly with something classier than post-its–yup, it ain’t pretty–is hard. So this easy chalkboard cheese plate is the perfect, easy solution.
These setups will be the stars–and stripes!–of your Fourth of July or outdoor summer party.
You’re a grand new flag
Lay out rows of red, white and sparkling wines, making sure the bubbly forms a square in the top left corner. Drop blueberries into the flutes for a pop of color.
Use a cookie cutter to make stars from sandwich bread, then top with spreadable cheese and tomatoes.
Slather crackers with Boursin cheese or goat cheese.
We used prosciutto and soppressata, but you can try red sausage or deli meat.
Pipe softened butter on a plate and chill before serving.
Cut corn on the cob into thirds or halve to fit.
Don’t have red potatoes? Use cherry tomatoes or radishes.
Sweet land of liberty
Wrapped Hershey’s Kisses make great sparkly stars.
The rest of you s’more ingredients are your stripes!
By Teri Tsang Barrett
Photography by Johnny Miller
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According to the National Retail Federation Mother’s Day spending survey, consumers will spend an average of $168.94 on mother’s day gifts this year with a majority of people splurging on electronics. Instead of giving mom a straight-out-of-the-box gift like a phone though, we suggest showing her a little TLC with a care package specially customized to compliment her personality. Use our three suggestions below as a starting point, then get creative by adding other items you know your mom will love!
For Moms Who Love a Little Nosh:
Give her an edible world tour: Line the inside of a cardboard box with an old map and pack it with treats like jasmine tea pearls from China, French macarons, figs from Spain or Belgian chocolate. Or look to family vacations for inspiration: saltwater taffy from San Diego, bagels from New York or maple syrup from Vermont.
For Moms Who Put Everyone Else First:
Encourage her to indulge her interests. If she’s a cook, try colorful kitchen tools, an apron and a cooking-class gift certificate. Add a recipe box filled with notes and family photos. Or inspire an artistic mom with an art or photography book and a set of brushes and paints.
For Moms Who Want Something You Made:
Create a memory box: Write down your most heartfelt thoughts on separate slips of paper. Roll and tie each one with a bit of ribbon and stash them in a vintage tin. Include a photo in a recordable frame with a message from the whole family, or go all out with a customized photo book from a site like pinholepress.com.