On a beautiful spring day last weekend a neighbor mentioned she had done much of her spring cleaning and had tossed “a whole box of mason jars in the recycle bin!”  I physically shuddered.  Once your mason jar has been used, happily, as a container of jam or jelly, please think of this top ten list before you even think of getting rid of them.  Reuse, reuse, reuse!

Top Ten Ways to Use a Mason Jar:

1.  A vase filled with solid colored tulips.

2.  A votive candle holder for a small pillar or tea light (perfect for your rustic outdoor summer table!).

3.  A delightful presentation for cupcake in a jar dessert.  Check out how to “do-it-yourself” red velvet cupcakes at http://mycakies.blogspot.com/search?q=cupcake+in+a+jar. Your guests will love it!

4.  A perfect way to serve a cocktail, such as beer margaritas.  Thank you www.Six in the Suburbs. Try this Beer Margarita: 1 (12oz) can frozen limeade concentrate; 12 oz tequila; 12 oz water; 12 oz beer; limes.  Mix all ingredients together, and add 1 sliced lime into each mason jar; fill with 1 cup of mixture,and put lid on tightly.  Fill your large drink tub 1/2 way up with ice, and place jars over ice to chill. Makes 6 servings.

5.  Serve chocolate pudding…fill up 3/4 of the way, top with a dollop of whipped cream, put the lid on and tie with a ribbon that matches your napkins.  So easy to serve.

6.  A raspberry beer cooler is on tap for the coming summer months.  (see my prior post for the recipe)

7.  A pencil holder.

8.  Sunday brunch granola parfait.   This one will serve 4, so double or triple as needed.  Ingredients:  2 cups plain greek yoghurt, 2 cups of your favorite granola (I’m partial to Trader Joe’s almond granola clusters), 2 cups fresh berries (try to get them all a similar size), 4 tablespoons honey.  Directions:  Line up your large Mason jars, spoon 2 tablespoons of yogurt into each jar and and smooth it out;  drizzle a little honey onto the yogurt; spoon 2 tablespoons of granola, and smooth it again; spoon 2 tablespoons of fruit over the granola; repeat the process.

9.  Use as the water glass at your next outdoor barbecue or dinner party.  Really go for it and use them as water glasses next to your prettiest china.

10.  Hold freshly made strawberry jam (I will be doing that in June!).

You can also check out my boards on Pinterest.com to see more ideas for table settings and party ideas.