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Chalkcloth Runner: Love It or Hate It?

When I first saw this chalkcloth runner ($24-38) in the latest NapaStyle catalog, I immediately wanted one. I made the mistake of thinking it was actual chalkboard and was disappointed when, upon further examination, I realized it was just cloth. Still, it's perfect for a cheese display or chili cook-off and would make a great gift for the hostess who has everything. What do you think?

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writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
I don't like the idea of chalk dust flying around. If it's a markercloth, that might end up on my kitchen table.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
hmm.. i like the idea, but what if you have a big party with lots of food from many different people? I don't really care about tackiness so I'd probably just use a white board with a list of names and dishes displayed or just make placecards ahead of time and stick em infront of the dish.
said8me said8me 8 years
i could see this being cooler at younger folks' parties, but semi-tacky at older peoples' parties. it's a great idea, but doesn't have a classy flavor.
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
clever! Especially for unidentifiable dishes, like quiche. You never know what's up in that mixture.
hardcorecupcakex hardcorecupcakex 8 years
It's a good concept but like other people have said what about if it rubs off
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's a good concept and that it allows for a bit more interaction if you have a full spread at your house during the holidays.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
Cool idea but something I'd want to see in person before purchasing as I also think it looks a little cheap.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
perfect for potlucks
musicmixer musicmixer 8 years
I think it's cool, but not necessarily for a holiday party.
gigi123 gigi123 8 years
It looks cheesy, what if the chalked rubbed off?
danielle854 danielle854 8 years
I think the chalk cloth looks tacky. I prefer the runner in the back. Much more classic & pretty.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I love it too and what a great idea for the creative types to write down their dish names on it!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
I really like it!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I agree that it would be better as an actual chalkboard, but I love the concept and it looks nice on the table. It would be great for holiday entertaining!
magalaya magalaya 8 years
I'd like it better if it was an actual chalkboard but I think it's a great idea nonetheless!
godeats godeats 8 years
i dislike the binding and the rounded edges, but love the concept!
Food Food 8 years
I'm in love with it!
jessie jessie 8 years
its okay.....but is it gonna rub off when people rub against it? or set their plates on it? then it will look like a big mess i think
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
Just as important is someone with good handwriting. I used to teach, and discovered that many people find chalk surprisingly hard to write with.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I like it!
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Kinda neat for the Holiday's when you've got a large food spread that belongs to different people. Now you don't have to point out who made what item and exactly what it is, if the guest can't tell.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Really cool idea!
kaytwo44 kaytwo44 8 years
What a great idea! I love it for "pot-luck" style parties. :)
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