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A Sophisticated New Year's Eve: Elegant Chalkboard Serving Tray

One of my favorite things about throwing parties is having the opportunity to create customized pieces that go with my overall party vibe.

Pretty little chalkboard trays styled with elegant lettering were practically screaming to be made when I started putting together my New Year’s Eve project. (Not to mention they have my two favorite qualities of a great DIY project - simple and easy).

You can go to your local thrift store and round up some old metal trays that are past their prime and give them some new life. Or, you can do what I did and take a quick trip to the local dollar store and pick up a set of several matching tray. The choice all depends on how much hunting time you have on your hands. Chalkboard paint can be a bit pricey, but you can make literally a dozen chalkboard trays with a single bottle, or lots of other fun chalkboard paint-type projects like a wine bottle centerpiece or personalized party sign



  • Silver trays
  • Black chalkboard paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Chalkboard pen

Step 1: Paint the silver tray with the chalkboard paint. You will likely need two coats to achieve a solid black. Let the painted tray dry completely.


Step 2: Adding the lettering is probably the hardest part of these trays. To make this set, I found a font I liked and printed out the word as an inspiration for my free-hand. Use a pencil so your markings are easily covered if you use this method. If you’re a stencil kind of person, knock yourself out! These will look excellent created that way as well.



Step 3: Chalkboard pens can be found at most craft stores; they’re what the bistros use on their menu boards every day and give a nice thick coverage of chalk on chalkboard. After you’re done penciling on your label, use the chalkboard pen to fill in. If you don’t plan to use the tray again with a new label, you can also use a fine brush and white acrylic paint to fill in your penciling.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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