Add a little creative spark to your next dinner party by lining the table with a chalk board runner from Kitchen Papers and chalk pencils from The Pencil Company. Found at French Hen, we’ve used this combo for a big, backyard, graduation bash and everyone took part in decorating and declaring their love for the graduate. The runner turned out to be a keepsake, filled with salutations from closest friends and family members. Also, handy for pairing wine, identifying fancy cheese and charcuterie or simply to shake things up at the table. Visit French Hen here. Click here to visit our complete Town Guide to Essex.