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Decorating Mason Jars

Decorate a mason jar with wire garland

Decorate a mason jar with wire garland

Decorating Mason Jars for a party adds color all around the room and it’s an inexpensive way to decorate the event. Pictured below is star wire garland wrapped around a salad in a jar for a 4th of July party. The salad jars can be made and decorated the day before the party and then stored in the refrigerator until serving time. This step makes it easier on the host because the work completed in advance.
Also pictured is holly wire garland to decorate “Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” in a jar to be given as a Christmas Gift.


Wire garland comes in all shapes and colors and can be used for parties throughout the year. It can be found at the party store, craft store or ordered from Amazon.com

Mother's Day Salad in a Jar

Mother’s Day Salad in a Jar


I can’t think of a Mother on this planet who wants to cook on Mother’s Day! Making Salads in a Jar in advance will give all mothers a break on this holiday because the meal can be made in advance. The printable Mother’s Day file is a fun way to show the mothers in your life you’ve been thinking about them and want to make the day special.

Not only can salads in a jar be made for a family get together but you can make extra salad jars to take to the Mothers in your life who live alone, or take them to your friends who you think are awesome moms.

The printable file is an easy way to decorate your gift. All you do is print 1 page on white card stalk and cut out the pieces.

I like to use an 8 inch doily to decorate the Mother’s Day jar. Center the doily on top of the metal jar lid and then place the salad jar topper on top of the doily. Screw the metal band on the jar to hold the topper in place.

The jar wrapper comes with two pieces that are taped together and then wrapped around the jar and taped in place. It’s easier than wrapping a gift!

Mother's Day Salads in a Jar

Mother’s Day Salads in a Jar

To make the tag you punch a hole in the top of the tag and put a rubber band on the tag so it can be easily placed on the jar. Finish with a ribbon around the bottle and tie a plastic fork to the jar when you tie a bow.

The printable file has the Salad Jar topper, wrapper and Mother’s Day tag. The File also comes with a floral wrapper for a water bottle. cost is $1.00 and payment is processed thru PayPal

Click Here for Salad in a Jar Recipes and Instructions

Jalapeno Jelly Jar Decorated for Christmas

Jalapeno Jelly Jar Decorated to give as a Christmas Gift


    I love to give homemade bottled food for Christmas in a decorated jar. Pictured is Jalapeno Jelly instructions can be found here You can order labels on the “Ever Mine” Website
The oval label is about $.30 each plus shipping. The cheaper method is to make your own labels using Avery Oval Labels #22814. Walmart carries these for about $9.00 for a package of 90 oval labels. (Making them $.10 each). You could find Avery labels at office supply stores also.

At the Avery website CLICK HERE You will find a lot of good label templates. First type in the Avery label number and it will search for the label. You can then pick a template

The website walks you step by step on how to make the label. You can delete pictures and add your own clipart. You can move the text box around; choose your font and the size.

When printing labels, you can choose to print the number of labels you want instead of printing the whole sheet.

The following link is a printable page that can printed on the Avery 22814 labels or a full page sticker sheet. You can also print this page on card stalk and use the ovals for a tag.
jalapeno jelly label
Kraft paper was used on the jar pictured above. Lay the top of the jar on craft paper or a brown paper bag and trace around the jar. Then mark 1- 1 1/2 inches around the circle so you can cut the circle larger. Use bakers twine to tie around the jar.   Bakers Twine can be expensive so you need to shop around. I have seen it cost as much as $5.00 for a spool with only 30 yards. Instead of shopping in the baking section or the party store.. go to the crochet section at the craft store and find Aunt Lydia’s Baker’s Cotton. The ball of thread has 150 yards for about $5. I also found this fantastic deal on Amazon. The cone has 766 yards.  

Decorate a Mason Jar as a Thanksgiving Thank You Gift

Decorate a Mason Jar as a Thanksgiving Thank You Gift


This decorated jar is such a fun gift to give in November! Especially when it’s filled with a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread recipe. The PDF printable file comes with 2 Jar Toppers that have a picture of a cornucopia. One topper says “Thank You”. The PDF file has both regular mouth sized toppers and wide mouth toppers. The wrapper circles the jar with thanksgiving pictures.
Cost for 6 page file $1.00

Click here for the Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Decorate a Mason Jar with a Fabric Bow

Decorate a Mason Jar with a Fabric Bow


It is so much fun to decorate Mason Jars for Christmas Gifts. When I used fabric to decorate the jar I don’t cut strips of fabric with scissors. I like to tear the fabric in strips because it leave a frayed edge along the strip. It is cheaper to decorate the jar this way than it is to buy ribbon. The first strip you tear off will be uneven so discard that piece. The next strip will have frayed edges on both sides of the strip. Tie the fabric strip around the jar, tie a bow and then trim the ends to the desired length. You can insert a holly or berry sprig, mini fall leaves or spring flowers.

Decorate a Mason Jar with a Printable wrapper and Jar Topper

Decorate a Mason Jar with a Printable wrapper and Jar Topper


Using Jute Cord to tie around the jars is very inexpensive and can be found at the home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot. Green can be used at Christmas and the Tan cord can be used any time of the year. This printable file has jar wrappers, jar toppers for both regular mouth and wide mouth sized jars and two different gift tags. These gift tags can be used with the meal in a jar tags throughout this website. I print the file on card stalk and then cut the pieces out.
Cost for the 5 page printable file is $1.00  


Click here for the Introduction to Meals in a Jar webpage

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

Introduction to Meals in a Jar

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Spring Ladies Luncheon

Plan an Old-Fashioned Springtime Ladies Luncheon

with Salads in Mason Jars and Antique Centerpieces

When planning the party pick the date and time, finding the location of the party and deciding how many women to invite.

  • Everything revolves around the date of the special party. Have three potential dates in mind so that you can compare availability. Try to include different days of the week for maximum flexibility. Look at the calendar to see if a holiday or local events will be a conflict for the participants. Be considerate of the participants when picking the time for the party.
  • If the group doesn’t already have a meeting place, take into consideration where the participants live and choose a location for the party that is centrally located. When planning the location consider how many people will be in attendance so the area will be large enough to accommodate the group.

The Party Theme is an Old-Fashioned Spring with Pansies

Old Fashioned Spring Ladies Luncheon with Salads in a Jar

Old Fashioned Spring Ladies Luncheon with Salads in a Jar

The Salads in the canning jars have edible pansies to make the salad pop with color. The women will love this meal because it is healthy, low fat, and is diabetic friendly. These salads are served with a diabetic low fat Strawberry Vinaigrette. The salads can be prepared days in advance which makes the meal preparation easy.
The salad recipe includes:
Layer One: Smoked turkey breast
Layer Two: Red seedless grapes cut in half
Layer Three: Chives or green onion
Layer Four: Diced Provolone cheese, crumbles Feta or crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Layer Five: Mixed greens of romaine lettuce and spinach
Layer Six: 2-3 small Pansies

Place a bowl of the diabetic low fat Strawberry Vinaigrette on the table along with a bowl of sliced almonds

Customized Poster, Invitations and Sign up Sheet

When the file is purchased, you will need to fill out the form with the date, time, and location of the party. The customized file will be sent by email (in PDF format) within 24 hours. The file will include the poster, invitations and sign up sheet. The file can be printed, cut it out and assemble. The file also has the instructions on how to make the centerpieces and recipes for the party.

Posters are designed for a 17” x 23” Dry Erase Board that can be found on Amazon. All posters on this website are designed to fit this size board so the board can be reused every time an event or class needs to be advertised.

The invitations come 4 per page. All you will do is print them and cut them apart. The printed invitation can be tied to a colored piece of card stock with sheer ribbon. The Sign-up sheet has the same information as the invites. Instructions are included with the file.    Clip art used in this design was purchased with copyright permission from  Cheryl Seslar designs

The Centerpieces are made with a snack serving plate and cup

Buy pansy flowers from the nursery and place the flowers in the cup. Place the diabetic strawberry thumbprint cookies on the plate for dessert. Surround the plate with one or two of these items: doily, gloves, handkerchief and a black and white photo of a woman. Included in the PDF file are pictures of women in the 20s and 50s.
If you are located in Northern Utah you can rent these centerpieces. Call 801-879-2452 for details

Make a diabetic strawberry butter a couple of days before the party and order bakery rolls
The drinks are served in a pint sized mason jar with a straw
The recipes included in the file are: The salad in the jar, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Strawberry butter, Strawberry Lemonade and Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies. These recipes are diabetic friendly

The PDF File includes the customized invitations, the poster and sign up sheet with instructions. The recipes for the meal are included along with instructions on how to make the centerpieces. Fill out the form below with the information to be entered on the poster and invitations, and then purchase the file


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