DIY Chalkboard Decoration Ideas!

Chalkboards are not just for the school room anymore! Chalkboards are the new trend in wedding and event decor from table number signs, to food displays, to name tags.

Why not be creative and make your own chalkboard decor using chalkboard paint such as the pumpkin pictured above for the kids to decorate this Halloween.

Hosting a wine and cheese party? Make your own chalkboard signs in fun colors to fit your theme.  You can also make your own chalkboard sign to match the theme for a kid’s birthday party or next years first day of school photos.  Another fun way to announce you’re expecting a baby is to make your own chalkboard sign(s) with the name of the baby, due date, or the words love, happiness, and family. The uses are endless!

To make your own chalkboard sign you will need the following:

  •  1 Piece of white foam board/plastic pumpkin (8in x 10in foam board is shown)
  • Colored chalkboard paint (Martha Stewart Blue Chalkboard paint is shown)
  • 1 Sponge brush
  • Colored chalk

Take the white foam board and paint one coat of chalkboard paint using the sponge brush as directed.  Let it dry for 30 minutes. Paint second coat of paint and lay dry for 24 hours.  Use colored chalk to write your message.

BEFORE & AFTER PAINTING

 FINISHED PRODUCT

Dexton Silver Racer 1st Birthday Party

From top to bottom, this was a fun and vibrant first birthday party to plan.  Tripp is one of the most happiest babies I know and was entertained by all the details!

Inspiration for the “Dexton Silver Racer” themed party came from Tripp’s parents Lory and Hampton, who had planned to give him the Racer for his birthday.  In addition, his parents wanted to do a desert bar themed party, which is perfect for this occasion.

Using the colors from the race car: silver, white, and black, we added a punch of red to make the event pop.   Color was in all the details from the dessert bar, to the red and white pom poms, to the flower arrangements, to the happy birthday banner, to the red Radio Flyer wagon which was used to display the gifts.  Even the invitation gave a preview of the color scheme.  We added red and white polka dot pinwheels to the food and drink stations to make the party whimsical as well as large red and white balloons.

In staying true to the Dexton Silver Racer theme we used tags such as “Start Your Engines” on the wreath at the front door, “Vroom Vroom Thanks For Coming” by the shortbread party favor cookies, “Refueling Station” by the drinks, “Concession Stand” by the vegetables and popcorn, “Finish Line” by the dessert bar, and “First Place” on Tripp’s high chair.

The menu consisted of an assortment of color coordinated candy, smash cake, chocolate, almond, and lemon pound cake, candy red apples, vegetable cups with hummus and ranch, popcorn, and shortbread cookies for the party favors.  Refreshments of lemonade, ice tea, and water were displayed in glass pitchers and served in red cups with gray and white striped paper straws.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Chocolate, Almond & Lemon Pound Cake – Edible Art Cake Shop

Short Bread Party Favor Cookies– Edible Art of Charlotte

Popcorn and Candy Apples – Cromer’s

Smash Cake – Harris Tetter

Red and White Pom Poms – Sarah Sofia Productions

Happy Birthday Banner – Sarah Sofia Productions and Lory Cobb Interiors, LLC

Gray and White Paper Straws – Etsy

Red and White Polka Dot Pinwheels – Hobby Lobby

Red and White Polka Dot Straw Holder – Hobby Lobby