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Mason Jars for Your Party

June 18, 2012

It’s a popular wedding trend to use mason jars to serve cocktails and other refreshing drinks to guests.  I’ve taken inspiration and incorporated a couple of uses for mason jars as party decor.  You can use the jars as containers for cocktails, desserts, flowers and lighting. With a little time and preparation you can create a unique item for your next party. Check these out.

Create strawberry & ice cream dessert jars. Layer vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries in a jar and serve immediately. If you place the jars in the freezer, the strawberries will freeze. I think they are much better fresh. I also decorated my jar and wooden spoon with matching washi tape. Image via my Instagram.

This is my Lime & Passionfruit Margarita from Fonda Mexican. Add a stripey paper straw and this drink is party perfect! Image via my Instagram

Create Jordan Ferney’s personalised glasses at your next party.  Your guests can keep an eye on their glass and it’s a lovely party favour for the guests to take home after the party.  Click on the link to my Pinterest board ‘DIY Party Crafts‘ for the full DIY instructions.

Create these romantic jar tea lights for your party/dinner table. Use pages from damaged books and for a romantic theme use pages form books on poetry or romance. Visit I Love This for the complete DIY instructions.

Cakes and cupcakes in a jar are also quite popular. It’s a unique way to re-use and serve individual desserts. Check out this recipe for the Blueberry Pies by Brooklyn Supper.

Need to find a lot of jars for your next party? I have found a wide variety of jars at my local $2 shop and at my local markets. The small jars range between $1-4. You could also ask folks at your office or child’s school to save their jars for you. A thorough hot wash and they will be ready to go. It’s a very affordable and eco-friendly DIY party craft.


Cocktails Gourmet Kitchen

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

I came across this fantastic little book on Amazon the other day.  It’s based on Mad Men, a TV drama about a prestigious New York ad agency at the beginning of the 1960s. ‘The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook‘ is an anthology of cuisine and…

May 3, 2012
Gourmet Kitchen

Gourmet Kitchen: Sticky Date Pudding

Autumn is upon us and winter is only a month or so away. It’s time to bring out my winter cookbooks and start preparing some delicious stews, soups and desserts. One of my favourite desserts to bake is sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce.…

April 16, 2012
Gourmet Kitchen Melbourne

Caribbean Cooking with Boss Man Food

My friend, Rashmitha and I attended a Caribbean cooking class over the weekend.. The class was conducted by Jamaican-born, Roderick Grant from Boss Man Food.  I was so excited and didn’t really know what to expect, having not experienced Caribbean cuisine before the class. …

February 21, 2012
Birthday Dinner Gourmet Kitchen

Stylish Entertaining this Summer

Over the festive season, I saw a new magazine in the shelves at Woolworths titled, ‘Entertain‘. I’m always looking for inspiration, so I grabbed a copy.  It’s full of creative table settings and menus for all occasions; from outdoor picnics, to Italian and Asian-themed…

January 4, 2012
Gourmet Kitchen

Memories From Nana’s Kitchen

My Nan, Norma, made the best chow mein south of China.  I doubt Nan even knew the origins of her delicious dish and most certainly lovers of Chinese cuisine would have thrown down their chopsticks in protest at the sight of her bastardisation of…

November 23, 2011
Gourmet Kitchen

Ingenio Stainless Steel Cookware

A few weeks ago I entrusted my husband with the important task of purchasing new cookware for our home.  I must admit I was a little nervous when he suggested stackable cookware.  I was concerned about the quality – would it be light and…

June 12, 2011
Gourmet Kitchen Melbourne

Celebration Cakes by Burch & Purchese

Well, it looks like everything is coming together for our Mexican Fiesta birthday party this weekend.  Hubby is in charge of the birthday cake and thankfully he chose to order them from Burch & Purchese.  Burch & Purchese is owned by pastry chefs, Ian…

May 11, 2011
Gourmet Kitchen

Delicious Summer Seafood Recipes

There is no better time to enjoy seafood than in summer.  We’re quite fortunate to have readily available, fresh seafood in Australia. We love our fish and chips at the beach, prawns on the barbecue or tangy calamari salads, but it’s exciting to find…

January 17, 2011
Gourmet Kitchen Travel

Sydney Fish Market – Fishline

The renowned Sydney Fish Market offers a free consumer advisory service via their website, Fishline. You will find advice on seafood purchasing, storage and cooking, as well as information on a wide variety of seafood species.    It’s a fabulous seafood reference site.  I found their…

January 11, 2011