Posted: May 14, 2014 8:00 AM
Mason jars are a clever hostess’ best sidekick. Cute, easy-to-use, affordable and impressive, most of us know to bring out the Mason jars before guests come over. Take this trend up a notch by trying one of these clever Mason jar entertaining and Mason jar food ideas.
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Mason jars of fruit- party setup
Photo credit: Dave Robbins Photography for Little Miss Party

Savvy hostesses love Mason jars for so many reasons. From small gatherings to intricate parties, these small jars are always a hit and are truly versatile. The savvy planners behind Little Miss Party, a premiere party planning service offering a one-stop shop for all of your entertaining needs, Seri and Michelle's answer to Mason jars is: yes, always. They say, "We’re pretty obsessed with Mason jars over here at LMP. The best thing about a Mason jar is it can be styled into pretty much any event no matter what the theme or color story. We have spray painted them white, gold, purple, wrapped with ribbon, lace and twine… and this is just for starters. We have even coated them completely in glitter. With our jars — whether they're untouched in their original glass form or decorated LMP style — we use them for a number of things including:

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  • Vases for fresh flowers
  • Vessels to hold cutlery
  • Glasses to drink a signature cocktail from with a striped straw to boot
  • Filled with candy and given out as favors
  • Individual servings of fresh fruit with mint and a bamboo fork

Seri and Michelle add, "The ideas are endless and timeless when it comes to Mason jars. They will forever be one of our go-to items when styling a party." We couldn't agree more and today we're focusing in on that last idea: clever foods you can serve in Mason jars for simple serving and, of course, a fabulous party look.

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Mason jars- BBQ in a Jar
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AmberLee is a California mom, chocolate maker, country girl and the creative force behind GiversLog, a blog where she catalogs her adventures in handmade giving, cooking, sending happy mail and doing all the other things she adores. AmberLee's fabulous Mason jar idea is a BBQ in a Jar. This clever entertaining idea serves the deliciousness of a BBQ meal in layers inside sweet, tidy jars and we're absolutely smitten with it.

Mason jars- Beach Picnic in a JarPhoto credit: Savoring the Thyme

Jennifer is a New Englander who discovered her passion for science at a young age and her passion for being a stay-at-home mom and a foodie a bit later. She's the creator of the cleverly named blog Savoring the Thyme and the fabulous Mason jar idea Beach Picnic in a Jar. Jennifer's picnic is filled with Mason jars — from the drinks to the pasta salad to the dessert — but what we love most is her idea of serving veggies and dip in a Mason jar. This is clever and functional and as she says, "dang cute."

Mason jars- Oysters on the Half MasonPhoto credit: Camille Styles

Camille Styles is a site focused on bringing creativity, inspiration and stress-free style to their readers around the globe. Owner and creative director, Camille, styles photo shoots, tests new recipes and scours the streets of her favorite cities for the most delicious and innovative finds to share with her readers. Her fabulous Mason jar idea is Oysters on the Half Mason, a chic take on appetizers that's — more than — sure to please.

Mason jars- pre-poured drinks Photo credit: ...first comes love

...first comes love is a blog dedicated to the Johnson family adventures — from marriage to babies to beautiful entertaining. Their fabulous Mason jar idea is serving pre-poured drinks in Mason jars. We love this look and idea that can be simply and savvily carried from lemonade to cocktails.

Mason jar- Mason Jar SaladPhoto credit: Organize Yourself Skinny

Tammy is the author of Organize Yourself Skinny, a site where she shares how her whole family embraces healthy eating and the education and practice it takes to make healthy choices. She also shares her delicious, nutritious and family-friendly recipes there including ones made in Mason jars! Tammy's fabulous Mason jar idea is a Mason Jar Salad. Mason jar salads are equally functional, adorable and delicious. Tammy's post is really more of a tutorial where she explains exactly how to make that perfect Mason jar salad and shares some of her favorite Mason jar salad combinations.

Mason jar- Mason Jar DessertPhoto credit: Celebrations

Celebrations is a site dedicated to meeting all of your party needs from food to decor. Their fabulous Mason jar entertaining idea is a Mason Jar Dessert. Simply layering cake, fresh berries and Cool Whip in a jar makes an impressive, easy-to-serve dessert... in minutes.

decorated Mason jars party setup
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