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When hosting for clientele, little details can make or break the experience for partygoers. When they’re paying good money to have parties planned for them, they don’t just expect the basics to be down pat and nothing special to go along with them. They want the works and they want to feel like their party was truly unique, truly something that will live on in the minds of the people they host. No one hosts a party in order to be a blasé quickly forgotten night of tedium for their guests.

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Slate Cheese Board with Muffins FT. livingthegourmet.com

We do many things to make the little details a reality for the hosts that hire us. The vast majority of our decorations are singular, often hand-crafted, pieces of art. That means the partygoers are getting a completely specialized experience when they attend an event. They’re not inundated with the same old decorations one could pop into any big box merchandiser and purchase. Our decor is fresh, fun, and most importantly, wholly ours. Obviously we work closely with the hosts beforehand to align everything with their expectations, but even during the initial planning stages, I’ve yet to hear any true complaints about our adornments.

You might think that cleaning these slate cheese boards is difficult to clean but they are not, you can take a look at this guide: How to clean a slate cheese board (bonus: also describes how to make a cheese board with slate!)

One of our tried and true decorations is actually the plating on which we serve our catered food. If the host so chooses we have the ability to serve everything from hors d’oeuvres to appetizers to entrees to desserts on these beautiful slate restaurant plateware. A I’d estimate over 75% of our patrons choose to go this route after they see the quality of the product. Slateplates are lovely little (or big) serving dishes, they actually have an article that compares different materials used in restaurant dinnerwarehere: slateplate.com. You can easily purchase their plates with chalk individually or in bulk, if it’s in bulk I recommend you contact them to see if you can get a deal . We purchased a variety of sizes and have our caterers plate the most scrumptious looking delicacies upon them. Though our most used one is the Charger/Large Plate which is the ideal size for our servers to carry bite sized party pleasers around. We also ordered the Server Tray and the Super Slate in order to accommodate our more sizable cuisine when necessary.

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A Slate Cheese Board – FT. Slateplate

The slates themselves are gorgeous, classy looking stone slabs. They’re a dark dark black, which is incredibly perfect for bringing out the visual stimulation a properly prepared hors d’oeuvre can display. You see when the colors are set against a pitch black background they pop to life and showcase every succulent detail of each bit of food. Foods that were previously lost against a pasty white serving platter, or silvery reflective tray are suddenly and properly featured when set against black slate. This is especially true for the most colorful and ornate food. For things like sushi or fruit or even certain cheese and veggie combinations I can’t recommend black slate strongly enough.

The company itself is well worth supporting, in my opinion. I’m always eager to support women-owned companies, especially when it’s a company in charge of its own manufacturing and completely based within the US. It’s incredibly rare for a woman to take ownership of a company of that type and scale. And as I mentioned, the product is manufactured entirely within our own country, so I have no guilt about supporting outside labor or child workers, or any other atrocities around the world.

The slate itself is incredibly chic and a huge party pleasure amongst our hosts’ guests. It’s not like the rough outdoorsy slate you’re probably imagining. It’s finely crafted so that it’s smooth, cool, and perfectly rounded on the edges. It fits elegantly with any upscale venue, but it even finds its place just fine amongst less exclusive venues as well. The food doesn’t stick to it, it keeps the food at its original temperature long enough to be served, and is generally easy for the servers to carry and wash, as it’s non-stick, non-slip, and dishwasher friendly. Evidently they use acrylic feet instead of cork feet in order to accomplish all those things simultaneously.

One many more than one occasion I’ve had hosts ask me about our slateware. They assumed it was somehow unique to only us, as if we made the slate, which gave me a chuckle. I suppose that’s the way we like it, it definitely sets us apart, but it’s easily orderable for individuals and businesses and the perfect complement to a party. I guarantee you’ll be forced to field a ton of questions about your slateplate, so it’s well worth the investment for this brilliant serving attraction.