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!
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.
So let me show you what I’ve come up with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last but not least, as I showed you Monday, the slate board works great for its intended purpose – a cheese board.
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!
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.
So that’s it, three fabulous uses for a slate cheese board. Which is your favorite? What other ways would you use slate boards?
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.