DIY Hostess Gift

Don’t go to your next holiday party empty handed — whip up a gift for the lovely hostess in no time at all. Although in no way expected, it’s always nice to show your appreciation to your hostess (or host!) and a small, easy to make gift will leave a positive lasting impression. How about… a chalkboard serving platter? It’s perfect for serving cheese, cookies, or any other goodies your hostess might need to label.


you’ll need:
a porcelain platter (platter above from CB2
painter’s tape (optional)
Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint (available at Amazon)
(Don’t use regular chalkboard paint. This only works with porcelain paint.)
a soft bristle paint brush (a watercolor brush works well)
a regular kitchen oven

how to:
1. Make sure your chosen platter is clean and dry.
2. For a cleaner line, use painter’s tape to mask off the edges of the platter, otherwise forego the tape and cut in the paint.
3. Please note that this particular porcelain paint says it’s not recommended for surfaces that come in contact with food. Consider yourself warned. It’s water based and non-toxic, so I don’t see the harm in placing some cookies or cheese and crackers on it. I guess I’m just a daredevil! The folks at Dick Blick suggest painting a dinner plate with it on their website, so they must live on the edge too.
4. Apply the paint with a soft bristle brush. You will be able to see the brush strokes after the paint dries, so be careful and keep your strokes even. I ended up applying two thin coats of paint (allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second). 
5. As soon as you are done painting carefully remove the tape if you used it. If you remove it before the last coat of paint dries, the tape will be less likely to peel up the edges of the paint.
6. Let the paint dry for 24 hours. Then, bake your platter following the instructions printed on the back of the paint bottle. After baking turn off the oven and leave the platter inside until it has gradually cooled to room temperature. After you bake it the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.


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