Over the past year or so, I’ve organized my fair share of parties: there was the baby shower to end all baby showers, Mat’s 30th and let’s not forget the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party (I think many of us wish we could but it’s etched in our memories forever…). One little item that I find always adds a touch of festive fun to my parties and dinners are mason jar centerpieces. They’re cheap, easy to assemble, versatile and oh-so-chic right now. Heck, you can even use the jars as funky glasses when not in use on the table. Today, I thought I’d share some of my creations to inspire your next table setting.
I made this centerpiece for last night’s “bouillabaisse” (recipe to come) dinner party with friends. I found this beautiful sunny bouquet for only $5 at Atwater Market and figured it was too good to pass up. I love the way they turned out. FYI, the flower shop next to the market’s fish monger has the best prices and, as my friend pointed out, the shop owner ain’t too hard on the eyes either.
This was my table setting for the now infamous Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and is by far my favourite creation. I borrowed the large mason jars from MJ and filled them at different levels with tiny acrylic beads from Dollorama upon which I placed white candles. If you make these, be careful not to leave them unattended as I’ve heard of mason jars exploding when used as candle holders… :-s And I was concerned the beads might melt and catch fire. Details, details… The important part is that they looked beautiful with the branches and pinecones I picked up at the market. I used simple parchment paper as a table runner, which also protected my new tablecloth from the pine sap. Not so crazy after all, eh? The most expensive item in this setting was without a doubt the Christmas tree paper napkins I couldn’t resist from ZONE.
Last March, for my friend’s baby shower – or should I say “baby bash” as it turned out – I needed to come up with an inexpensive way to decorate 30 tables. I found these small mason jars at Dollorama (who doesn’t like to pay $1 for everything?) and got a great deal on the mini carnations with my “flower guy” (see above). The orange ribbon tied everything together nicely ;-)
To recap: mason jars + flowers/candles + smart little extras = perfect table settings. Get everything you need for cheap at:
- Atwater Market for flowers, branches and pine cones (only around Christmas time)
- Dollorama for jars, ribbon and vase filler (acrylic beads)
- ZONE for overpriced but super cute napkins
- Rona on Notre-Dame West for classic mason jars (they’re not as easy to find as you’d think!)
So, what are your tips and tricks for a beautiful table setting?