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How To: Make a Fake Chalkboard

Pinterest Graphic-Fake Chalkboard

DSC_0492Don’t you just love fall?  Yes, I’m one of those silly people that loves when the air starts to get a little crisp, but the days are warm, pumpkin flavor/smells, the changing of leaves, and the coziness of the season.  Fall is my favorite season, unfortunately living in southern California we don’t get the full affect of the season, but it’s still nice when the weather starts to cool off a bit.  This summer has been unusually hot, so I’m welcoming cooler temps with open arms.

Because it’s been so hot lately, I haven’t been motivated to decorate for fall, but this past weekend it wasn’t 90 degrees so I made myself get out the pine cones and pumpkins.  I wanted to change out some of our dining room art by putting up something more fall themed, so I made a “fake” chalkboard.  It’s really easy to do and it’s so versatile.

DSC_0490The biggest trick to faking a chalkboard is to use either a piece of black poster board or black foam board.  I always stock up on poster board and foam board at my local dollar store because it’s usually a dollar or less.  The only other things you’ll need to fake a chalkboard is a pencil and some chalk.

DSC_0484I always use Pinterest to get some chalkboard and lettering inspiration.  If you’re not following me on Pinterest, be sure to check out all of my boards.  Once I have a general plan of what I want to do, I mimic the design using a pencil, that way if you need to redo it you can always erase it and try again.  One tip I would offer is that if you are using a foam board be sure not to press too hard with the pencil.  Doing so will leave an indent that will be hard to get rid of if you mess up.  And if you push too hard the chalk won’t fill in the indention very well, which you’ll be able to see in some of the photos below.

DSC_0468Once you’ve got your design penciled in, just trace over it with chalk.  Be sure to try different techniques; you can make a shaded look by rubbing the chalk on it’s side.  More defined lines can be done by using the tip of the chalk.  If you want to try different kinds of chalk check out this post by Emily at Jones Design Company.



DSC_0475Like I said, I made some fairly deep indentions with my pencil so the chalk doesn’t fill them in very well.  The good thing is that once I hung it on the wall you could barely tell, thank goodness.  Hanging it on the wall is super easy too, since it’s really light you could just tape it up or use some Command strips.

DSC_0482These “fake” chalkboards are great for so many different things.  Seasonal decor, signs, banners, menus, the list goes on and on.  The best part is that they are so easy to make you can make one for every occasion.

What would you use them for?  Are you glad cooler temps are here?  I’m looking forward to enjoying some fall festivities this weekend with a little apple picking, unfortunately it’s supposed to be in the 90’s again this weekend.  I guess fall is just taking it’s sweet time to show up this year.  Have a great weekend!



Tablescape Tuesday: Pink and Gold 1st Birthday Celebration

In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better. Hopefully every Tuesday you’ll be inspired by simple ways to make your tables beautiful.

For this week’s installment, I’ll be talking about my daughter’s first birthday food and favors table. There wasn’t a specific theme to her party but I knew that I wanted it to have a gold, pink, and coral color scheme with some crowns thrown in for good measure.

Pinterest Graphic-Pink and Gold BirthdayThere’s also a bonus at the end of the post!  I’m over at my friend Tiffany’s facebook blog The Club Mom talking fun Tuesday tips involving a baby item and champagne glasses.  Hmmmmm, wonder what it could be?!  Be sure to check out her blog and like her page for awesome funnies, fails and super deals! Follow Tiffany’s family’s obsession with shopping club warehouses for products and deals they create a need for!  Plus, Tiffany is so funny so you’ll definitely get a giggle anytime you read one of her posts. 

DSC_0439The food and cake table area resembled the theme the most so I made a large backdrop to define that area as the focal point.

For the base of the food and cake table scape I used a gold colored cloth tablecloth from Party City. They have these great tablecloths that are a really good quality, they are pretty much the same quality as renting from a party rental company, and you get to keep them afterwards. I just wish they were long enough to go all the way to the floor, but I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it to #seewhatididthere. To ump the gold sequined factor I layered a gold door way curtain on top of the table cloth.

To make the backdrop I bought really inexpensive crepe paper streamers in coordinating colors from Paper Mart online. I just taped them to the top of the pergola behind the food table.   The wide crepe paper streamers are so versatile! You could make really awesome fringed garlands with this tutorial from Oh Happy Day.

DSC_0436On the table, I made sure to use different levels to display things like plates, napkins, and the cake. To add some height I just wrapped some empty boxes with color coordinating wrapping paper. I set plates and napkins on different height cake stands, and put silver ware in color coordinating lanterns I found at Target’s dollar spot. I love the dollar spot, you can find some awesome party décor there that’s super cheap.

There are so many ways to add height to a table; empty boxes, stacked books, tiered serving trays, or crates. Get creative and look around your house for things you never would have thought could work for a party, but I bet they will.

DSC_0441 2For the favor table I used some leftover coral colored fabric I had on hand that I had previously used for my daughter’s crib skirt. Then I put the yummy mini lemon cake favors on some gold chargers that I got at Wal-Mart forever ago to corral them and wrapped them up in some cellophane bags with pink ribbon. I also used a gold picture frame to add a sign to the table welcoming guests and reminding them to take their favors with them. To go along with the crown theme, I made some lace crowns using this tutorial from girl. Inspired. It was kind of a long process to get the lace to stiffen, but they turned out so cute, and our kiddie guests loved them!

And I couldn’t resist showing you all a picture of the birthday girl loving her birthday cake!

DSC_0482What do you think of the gold and pink tablescapes? How do you add height to your tablescapes?

Don’t forget to click here to check out a fun tip using a baby item and champagne glasses over on my friend Tiffany’s facebook page.  It’s sure to help you clean up from your next celebration!




The Inaugural Address

Welcome to The Daily Hostess!  I figured for my first ever blog post I’d make it really official by deeming it an inaugural address and showing you some pretty red, white, and blue Memorial Day party decor.  Don’t worry I’m not trying to get all political #justaplayonwords.


When thinking about what an inaugural address is I came across descriptions like a formal ceremony.  The president is supposed to use the inaugural address to inform the country of his intentions, so I thought it was fitting to inform you of my intentions with this blog. I believe that by setting expectations early it always proves for a more successful outcome, and I’ve seen this first hand in the Navy.

So, what are my intentions with this blog you ask? Well, first and foremost I want to inspire you. I love planning parties, making things pretty and special then inviting people into my home to share that with them. If you don’t like throwing parties or having people over maybe I can convince you that it’s not so bad and provide you with some encouragement and fun ideas along the way. If you love the same things I do, then I hope to inspire you to expand your horizons and push your creative boundaries.

I want this to be a place of inspiration, encouragement, and a celebration. You’ll see posts about how to make every day things a little extra special, the party planning process, home décor, hosting guests of all walks of life, and maybe a few random thoughts thrown in for good measure.  I’ve done my fair share of home entertaining and I want to show you fun ways to host a wine party, dinner party, or a cookie exchange.  Maybe you have a pool and are throwing a summer pool party.  Let me give you some great ideas to make your party extra special.


To kick off the summer this year my husband and I hosted a Memorial Day Pool Party.  We broke out the red, white, and splashed in the blue of our backyard pool.  To make the party truly a Memorial Day celebration we hung the American flag from our pergola using some extra rope we had lying around in the garage and a curtain rod that’s not in use in the house.  If you don’t have an extra curtain rod, no worries, use anything that can slip through the opening on the flag.  How about  a broom handle, semi straight stick from the yard, or take down the curtains from a room you know the guests aren’t going to be in and use that.  Just remember to shut the door to the room if you don’t want anyone to see your naked windows.

When our guests needed to lounge we provided them when some appropriately themed beach towels and a pillow to rest their head.  We grabbed the towels from Costco just a couple of days before the party.  I love them because they are HUGE (the towels are even bigger at Costco) and super absorbent.  I tried to stick with the red, white, and blue theme without being too kitschy.  Those red striped pillows can also be seen around here at Christmas time.


I love using thrifted silver trays to hold all the necessities of the drink station.  Plus it keeps the cups from touching possibly dirty outdoor surfaces, bonus!


After that patriotic post I just want to say that this is the official opening of The Daily Hostess and the beginning of a new adventure.  Grab a glass of champagne, get inspired, and come celebrate with me on the journey and see where it takes us. I’m excited!



Celebrating everyday!