BBQ season has definitely arrived here in the north east. The cover came off our grill a few weeks ago and we attended our 1st BBQ last weekend ( thanks Elizabeth) ! It’s got me thinking and I wanted to share some hot ideas for your next BBQ bash. Here is one I love…
Use mason or jelly jars to serve cool drinks to your guests. The idea has been hot for weddings for a while now, but I think it’s also perfect for home entertaining and picnics. There is something very nostalgic and down home about using these vessels for glassware. You can serve up beverages at your backyard BBQ with or without lids. All the options pictured above, make a pretty presentation depending on your style and needs. Put out plastic stick-on flags and a permanent marker or pen so that guests’ can label their own drinks. They can stick them on the jar or on the straw, each works well. Then when the party is over you can they pull them off easily. Both ideas are also great ways to be green this BBQ season!
- Cut out Lid: The special cut out lid pictured above fits standard mason jars and has a hole that’s perfect for a straw. This option is also great for housing regular candles for night time lighting or citronella candles to ward off pesty insects. The cut out top keeps wind from blowing out the flame. Where to buy > Gold Daisy Cutout Mason Lids and Jars : Fits STANDARD Mason, Mayo and Jelly jars with 2 3/4″ dia. threads (70G450) and many other brands Standard Mason size. Does not fit Wide Mouth. NOTE: the shipping may exceed the cost of the jars if you are only ordering a few.
- If you enjoy Smuckers Jam all year, make sure to save the jars. Mix up cocktails, lemonade or ice tea and pour into individual jars. Seal with the lid and keep the lot on ice in a nice bucket. Then guests can grab a pre-made drink that’s cold whenever they wish. It’s like an old fashion juice box.
- Post It Flags for Labeling Drinks:
Jelly Jars Drinks: EverydayCelebrating.com.
Daisy Cut Out Jars: Photo credit: Yunhee Kim – Brides.com
Mason Jars Cocktails image credit: Southern Weddings Magazine
Mason Jars on Ice – photographer unknown