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.