I love mason jars.

My birthday was last month, and Tom and I had a few friends come over to grill out and picnic in the backyard. When trying to think of ways to add some festive atmosphere, I decided to fill mason jars part of the way with sand and then put candles in the sand. I wanted to hang these on the fence posts in the back yard. I also had some pretty, pink carnations from a trip to my dentist (they get a bunch at the beginning of the week and let patients take some home with them throughout the week. Nice, huh?), so I decided to put those outside as well.

Our dogs loved the idea of a picnic. First, they loved sprawling out and then wrestling on the blankets. Secondly, people with food were sitting on the ground. I had to put them inside for a little while so we could eat in peace.

There were about 20 of these hanging on the fence:

But just one of these:

Here were some of our friends just starting to sit down to eat.

The sun set while we ate. So pretty.

And as it got darker, the candles added a little more light. Eventually, we moved the party inside, though.

Then, a weekend or two later, Tom and I headed out to Molena to see Dustin and meet Dana. Their “a few months after the wedding” reception was in a barn (thank goodness for the AC), and it was so cute. The lady who threw the party had decorated the tables in a style that was sweet yet rustic, to match the setting. She also used mason jars.

I loved that she had handkerchiefs under the jars. I don’t know why, but that just seemed so sweet and southern. I loved it. I felt like Southern Living would’ve been proud of her. haha

I also love it when people tie a ribbon around a mason jar, throw a cute straw in, and use it as a glass to drink from. Another use I love for them is as organizers. I plan to use them to organize my home office (holding paper clips, extra staples, stamps, rubber bands, etc.). I also think it’s cool when people use them for organizing nuts, bolts, nails, and screws. I have nothing against using these jars for canning and jams, as they’re intended. But they scream at me to use them for all kinds of other reasons.

I love mason jars.


7 thoughts on “I love mason jars.”

  1. You have no idea how much I love glass jars. While mason isn’t my style, I sure love clear or frosted glass jars in general. I absolutely love Sun Jars but I don’t want to pay close to three hundred dollars to light up my deck for parties. Thankfully Apartment Therapy’s Unplggd had a do-it-yourself solution. I’m planning on doing it as part of my 25th later this year.

    I also have plans to make mini terrariums and also try some beautiful jars with aquarium plants and glass shrimp in it as decor. I agree, glass jars are pretty awesome.

  2. I had a friend in high school, who had the last name of Mason. Her family always used mason jars as drinking cups durning events when people were coming over.

  3. I love Mason jars for holding the food that I can for the winter. I start each fall with a huge stack of jars full of spaghetti sauce and blackberry jelly, and by the next summer, they’re all empty! It’s so much fun to feel that sense of accomplishment when I’ve picked our tomatoes and herbs, made spaghetti sauce, and got it all stored for the winter =)

  4. I, too, am a HUGE fan of mason jars. I think most of my adoration comes from my fond memories of drinking sweet tea from mason jars at my grandmother’s house when I was growing up. I’ve been collecting them for years, and Davey HATES it, because we just have empty jars covering an entire bookshelf in our garage — but I know I’ll use them….someday 🙂

    I just bought a gorgeous antique blue mason jar with a glass lid when we were antiquing in North Carolina. I’m in love with it.

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