Slate Board, Three Ways

I have been obsessed with these slate boards from the Brooklyn Slate Co. quite some time. I actually discovered them via Fab.com. (You may remember seeing them in a few recent posts including this one and this one.) The Brooklyn Slate Co. is such a fantastic brand. They get all of their slate from upstate New York and transport it back to Brooklyn where they cut it, clean it, and make it food safe. Talk about American made! They’ve teamed up with Fab.com to get their products to the masses. Including me!

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Well, with all my porch projects this week, I finally got to play around with the slate boards I bought. Today I want to share three uses for them. (You got a sneak peak at those uses earlier this week.) I’m using the 12 x 18″ board for this post, but Brooklyn Slate offers a variety of sizes. This 5 x 18″ one is on my shopping list.

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So let me show you what I’ve come up with.

 

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To start, I decided to use the board as a placemat. This particular size is perfect for a standard dinner plate. (Even though, I later realized there is an actual placemat board.) I’m typically using white or colorful surfaces when it comes to plating, so it was fun to mix things up with a darker color.

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This charcoal black works perfectly with the bright bold colors I’ve come to love. It really makes them come alive. It makes an ideal base for starting your table setting. Even the gold flatware looks extra special.

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I also love that you can write on the boards. How fun is that? Whether it be your guest’s name, a fun quote, or something that ties in with the theme of your dinner – the options are truly endless. Since you’re just writing with chalk, you can easily wipe it away at the end of the evening.

 

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Now that the table is set, we need a menu. Prop up the slate on a shelf or leave it laying flat. Then, using chalk, simply jot down your menu for the evening. It doesn’t getmuch easier than that.

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Don’t worry too much about your penmanship as long as its legible. I love the look of something done by hand. I think it has a special way of making people feel appreciated.

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Instead of using the board for your menu, you could list the recipe for a cocktail, a special message to the party’s honoree, or a favorite quote to set the mood for the evening.

 

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Last but not least, as I showed you Monday, the slate board works great for its intended purpose – a cheese board.

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The cheese and its accoutrements look fabulous and rich on a black surface. As I mentioned above, the slate has a way of making colors pop!

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Again, using the chalk, you can list the name of the cheese or recommend cheese pairings.Your guests’ questions are answered without a lot of fuss so they can focus on having a good time. More of this cheese spread can be seen here.

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So that’s it, three fabulous uses for a slate cheese board. Which is your favorite? What other ways would you use slate boards?

Don’t forget to head on over to Fab.com to check out the full collection from Brooklyn Slate Co.

A big thanks to my friends at Fab.com for providing me with the Brooklyn Slate Co. Cheese Boards to use in my post. As always all the opinions, thoughts, and ideas listed above are my own.

  1. Those slate boards are so pretty. I love all three ideas for using them. Will add this to my wish list!

  2. Wow – I have never seen these before – they are gorgeous! You have such a talent for decorating!! Do you mind telling me where you find the wooden swizzle sticks you use for your cheese markers? So cute!

  3. I have recently fallen in love with chalkboards and am going to have to get me some of these slate boards! When I re-did my kitchen this year (complete with inspiration from a variety of things you’ve done over the last year), I wanted a big chalkboard on one of my walls, so I took a large framed picture I’d had for years and painted over the glass to create my framed chalkboard. I used 3 coats of kilz and 3 coats of chalkboard paint to make sure the pieces of chalk wouldn’t score through all the way to the glass. It works beautifully and people love signing their name to my chalkboard when they visit. For some reason, people find it fascinating. :-) I cannot wait to go find your pictured slate boards! What a marvelous idea for something that won’t be ruined outside on the porch!

    • Awww. That’s wonderful! I’m so glad I was able to offer some inspiration. And yes, people are fascinated with chalkboards. Maybe it something that reminds us of our childhood?

      Thanks Evelyn!

      xo Michael

  4. I love the option for a cheeseboard on top of the vintage coke crate. I have three of them at home and it looks like that size fits perfectly on top!! what a great presentation!!
    thanks for sharing!

    :o)

  5. Love the cheeseboard idea! It looks so elegant. I have really been enjoying your blog since I discovered it recently. Fabulous ideas. =)

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