Party planner Jackie Fogartie (of the eponymous Jackie Fogartie Events in Charlotte, NC) shares this super simple — yet surprisingly elegant — idea for hosting a wine and cheese party: a DIY chalkboard table runner!
The table runner makes it easy for guests to identify wine and cheese pairings, but it's not limited solely to swigs. I think this would work equally well to label platters at a buffet table or list suggestions for fun little things like DIY sundae bars!
To make your own, you can purchase chalk cloth (also known as blackboard fabric) from many online shops like Joann, lay down a sheet of chalkboard contact paper, or even cover a piece of canvas cloth with chalkboard paint. Chalk markers (which wipe off with water) give a clean and non-smearing finish on contact paper and painted surfaces, so you don't have to worry about getting chalk dust on your food.
Simply jot down names and add arrows for a casual and rustic look, or design a detailed calligraphy piece for a more formal affair. Best of all, you can later erase and recycle it for future parties.
See more at Jackie Fogartie Events.
(Image: Jackie Fogartie)