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The Friday 5: Decorating, Organizing and Entertaining with Mason Jars


We all know that mason jars  are a “go-to” for home canners, but apparently that’s not the only thing they’re good for!

These versatile jars are being used for decorating, organizing and everything in between and, partially because of that, Jarden Home Brands (the company that now makes Ball jars) sold enough jars in 2013 to circle 90% of the Earth. (source)

Yep.  That’s a lot of jars.

If you’re interested in jumping on the mason jar bandwagon, these creative ideas should inspire you:

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The Friday 5: Creative Ideas For Outdoor Entertaining

We love getting outdoors this time of year – hanging out, and spending time with family and friends – and we know you probably do too.

Here are some easy ideas to add extra fun and function to your outdoor time:

1. It’s always good to have some entertainment options at an outdoor event and this DIY giant jenga by A Beautiful Mess looks like it could keep guests occupied for a while!   (For more ideas, check out 27 Insanely Fun Yard Games.)


2. Keeping salads visible, but bug free, when eating outdoors.  Not always easy, and using glass jars like Michelle from 4 Men and 1 Lady did seems like the perfect solution.

Using cupcake liners to cover your drinks isn’t a bad idea either.  Smart thinking Why Wait for Life!

How to keep the Bugs off of your food when entertaining outdoors

3. For a unique way to add ambience and additional lighting at your next party, why not hang a few candleiers?  We love the idea.

They’re not meant to leave outdoors all of the time, so when the party’s over bring them in and add a unique accent to a space in your home!

Outdoor Lighting Options - Somerset Candle Chandelier - Schneidermans {the blog}

4. This idea would take a little more time and commitment, but I love the idea of printing recipes for the dishes ahead of time and having them available for anyone that wants to take them, especially for a potluck. source: BHG
Print recipes ahead of time for guests who want to take them home. If it's a potluck, collect the recipes prior to the party and print them out.

5. Sometimes you need a quick last minute appetizer idea, but you want it to look like you put some thought and time into it.

How about this cute chevron veggie tray that Natalie made?  Makes eating vegetables look fun, right?

Happy Entertaining!

Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining - Chevron veggie tray. Cute idea!


The Style File – Outdoor Entertaining

Creative ideas for outdoor entertaining

Style: noun ˈstī(-ə)l the quality that makes something attractive, interesting or unique

The Breakdown: (clockwise)

1.  This first DIY project shows that style doesn’t have to be expensive!   Sweet Paul Magazine made these fun picnic place settings by wrapping upcycled cans in colorful paper and labeling them.  Think of all of the ways that you could reinterpret this depending on the style/type of paper, etc.

2. Stylish outdoor lighting created by placing candles in a wire basket, tying rope onto the basket and hanging it from a tree.  If it’s too windy, skip the rope and use the candle-filled basket as a centerpiece on your table.

3. Almost Makes Perfect made these DIY table numbers with glass water bottles, vinyl numbers and paint.  Obviously the original idea was to number a group of tables but, if you only have one table, you could still use them to just add a fun decorative element to your table setting.

4. Did you ever think that bug repellant could be stylish?  Um. No. Us either.  That’s why we were so impressed with these DIY Summertime Citronella Candles That Nest of Posies made by adding mint, lemon, lime, rosemary, water & citronella bug off oil to mason jars.  Just add floating candles and you have a stylish looking bug repellant.

5. Have you seen some of our firepits that also function as a table yet?  We love the idea that they’re multi-functional and you can be dining or playing a game on a stylish table one minute and enjoying a cozy (smoke-free!) fire the next – all without leaving your chair!  Nice.

6. Keeping drinks cold when you’re entertaining outside can be a challenge and we like this stylish solution from BHG. Line a plastic decorative urn with a garbage bag, fill with ice and add your bottled drinks to keep them chilled.

*UPDATE: We’re loving our new multitasking ice chest outdoor end tables for keeping drinks cold outdoors too. Clever idea!



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