I’ve hosted two Thanksgiving dinners and the thought of doing it again makes me want to wall slide. That said, I won’t be hosting, but I will be cooking a small feast for our little family. After watching my mom host Thanksgiving dinner year after year, I now know firsthand how much work goes in to preparing a meal for guests. No matter how much a hostess may love cooking and entertaining, slaving over a hot stove for several hours is hard work. Guests who offer to bring a dish help make things a little easier. Bringing over a surprise hostess gift shows a small token of appreciation.
Hostess gifts are sort of new to me and I am in love with the idea. They don’t have to be expensive. The gift I just put together cost me $9 excluding the supplies that I already had on hand. I simply painted a cutting board and spoons with chalkboard paint and accented with a silver paint for an elegant look. I threw in a jar of bath salts for a soothing post-holiday soak. Let me show you how I jazzed up an otherwise boring bamboo board and utensil set ;-).
Bamboo cutting board
Silver acrylic paint
All of these items can be found at Walmart.
Sand board and utensils (in areas paint will be applied) to help the paint adhere. I learned the hard way. Create desired design using painter’s tape. Apply a coat of chalkboard paint and let dry for about 30 minutes. Apply a second coat. Let dry for an two hours. For the accents, apply painter’s in desired areas. Apply one coat of silver paint. Apply a second coat after 30 minutes. Let dry for 30 minutes and carefully remove painter’s tape from all items. Let everything set for 24 hours before writing on them.
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