Easy DIY Chalkboard Menu Vase

DIY chalkboard menu

October marks the third year my book Picture Perfect Parties (Rizzoli NY) has been on bookshelves. I run into people all the time that tell me they cook from my book regularly, or they threw one of the parties in the book with great success. This makes me extremely happy. To know that I have inspired people to live a better, more stylish life is a gift like no other. I am always humbled and touched with these wonderful personal stories, so thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart for sharing your experiences with my book.

One of my favorite decor hacks is this one. I love chalkboard paint and recycling; this project has it all.

This fall centerpiece is definitely an easy fix to get your table in the autumn spirit.  One of the parties in my cookbook, Picture Perfect Parties Rizzoli NY, is all about Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is a staple at the Josephs; people that gather on Sundays include our family and our friends. The entire point of Sunday Supper is to hangout, enjoy comfort foods, and wrap-up the weekend. So give it a whirl! You’ll love this tradition as much as we do.

This DIY is perfect for Sunday supper, and it would be perfect for Thanksgiving. You will use this great addition to your tablescape again and again.

The step-by-step instructions are simple, and the items needed you probably already have on hand, and if you don’t, are easy to find. I love the texture that chalk adds to the vase. Be sure to add vibrant flowers to really make everything pop.

Have fun creating the menu vase DIY, and don’t stress if it doesn’t turn out perfectly; that’s part of the fun! BTW this is a great craft project to do with the kids, get them involved because they will be so proud when you unveil your table scape to friends. Happy Sunday Supper everyone.

Menu Vase DIY

You will need:
– Painter’s tarp
– 1 (8-inch) terra-cotta pot
– 1 chan chalkboard spray paint
– chalk
– Glass vase, slightly shorter than the terra-cotta pot
– 3 dozen fresh mums, dahlias, or other festive flower

To make:

1. Spread the tarp on a work surface in a well-ventilated space.
2. Spray the terra-cotta pot with the chalkboard paint, using 2 coats to cover, and allowing it to dry between coats.
3. Let the paint dry completely.
4. Write your menu on the pot with chalk.
5. Place a glass vase half-filled with water inside the menu pot.
6. Arrange the flowers in the glass vase and use the menu pot as a centerpiece of your table.

For this and more fun crafts run out and buy my book Picture Perfect Parties Rizzoli NY

Photo Credit: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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Ikea Vardagen Series:: Tradition meets Function

Ikea Vardagen table linens are great neutral linens | http://annettejosephstyle.com/ These carafes from ikea can hold anything and everything | http://annettejosephstyle.com/

As I’ve shared with you before, Ikea is always one of my go-to shopping destinations when sourcing props for styled shoots, workshops, and my own home. Just recently, Ikea released their latest collection, the VARDAGEN series, and I’m smitten.

This collection would be a great basis for any home because of the earthy tones, traditional shapes, and functional capabilities. It would be especially good for anyone you know who is starting their first home (i.e. new college grads and newlyweds), or anyone considering a kitchen overhaul on a budget. Even if you’re not on a budget I love these pieces because they work. In my own home I love the idea of high low. Just like you would put on an H&M blazer with Prada shoes. If it’s good design it’s good design no matter what the price point.

Inspired by traditional kitchenware, the Ikea VARDAGEN series was designed after traditional, sturdy kitchen knives. You’ll recognize their shape immediately, too.  The modest designs mean these knives can blend with current kitchen equipment and be used for years to come.

Use glass jars to hold flour and spices in your kitchen, or detergent in your laundry room. | http://annettejosephstyle.com/ Ikea vardagen kitchen knives are traditional and functional. | These carafes from ikea can hold anything and everything | http://annettejosephstyle.com/

Of course, as a photo stylist, I’m always looking for exquisite containers and linens for my photos. I would be remiss not to mention the VARDAGEN series table linens and glassware. The VARDAGEN jars would be great on your kitchen countertops. Fill the small one with salt or other spice and the larger one with cookies or even your kitchen utensils. I also love using jars like this in unexpected rooms like the laundry room.

As far as linens, you can never have too many neutral linens for entertaining.

Add these to your party pantry.

It’s all about elegant basics and this collection is just that.

What are you loving from the new VARDAGEN series?

Any good ideas for incorporating these items in your own home?

Please share them with me in the comments, I would love to hear from you creative darlings… xx

Photo credit: IKEA

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Minted Curated Collection

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my big announcement on Monday morning: a curated collection for Minted. I am thrilled to partner with Minted as one of their first curators.

I’ve pulled together some of my favorite party and home essentials by Minted, and they’re now available to you in one, beautiful place. Some of my favorite items are Minted’s new home decor linens and fabrics.

Stock up on linens because they are a great way to bring a little jazz to each party without breaking the bank. In fact, Minted’s table linens start at only $24 for 2 napkins. A steal.

Then, use Minted’s pillow collection to swap out your sofa accessories for different party themes.

I’ve pulled some of my favorite items from my curated collection to show you how to create a winter cocktail party using Minted’s home and paper lines. I love the moodiness of the black and white.

I am thrilled to partner with Minted as one of their first curators. Shop my collection! | http://www.minted.com/store/annettejosephstyle

I would probably want to replicate this gorgeous flower arrangement from a recent dinner I had with the Minted team, gorgeous right?

Minted Floral

  1. Scallops Pillow
  2. Painted Oval Chain Pillow
  3. Pop. Fizz. Clink. party invitation
  4. Florals Table Runner
  5. Brushed Scallops napkins

Of course, Minted has loads of lovely items for spring, too, and I am equally as excited to start using them to brighten up my table and home for the impending warmer weather. How darling is this floral table runner? Find the items here along with tons of others in my Curated Collection for Minted.

What Minted items are you most excited to add to your own party closet?

xx, Annette

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DIY Monday :: Dipped Flea Market Paintings


How cool is this idea for dipped flea market paintings? Sometimes I run across ideas on pinterest that are so simple and so clever that I just have to share them with you. I am definitely doing this one and will keep you posted. For more ideas check out this website. You’re welcome! Happy Monday xx

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Swoonworthy: Ikea Sektion Kitchen



As you know, I love a good Ikea find, so when I saw Ikea’s latest kitchen endeavor, I immediately swooned. The Ikea SEKTION kitchen has clean lines, and the beautiful hardware options had me at hello. Plus, the ability to add interior organization is simply brilliant. This kitchen boasts drawers within drawers and is completely customizable. Stunning!

The new modular kitchen, which will replace the current kitchen system AKURUM, enables customers to create truly customizable solutions, regardless of the size and shape of their kitchen space. SEKTION offers new features such as more modularity and integrated lighting, giving homeowners options to create a beautiful, quality kitchen at a great price.

Starting February 2nd, SEKTION will be available in a variety of colors and styles from traditional to modern and everything in between making it truly swoonworthy!

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