In this post: 8 ways to use mason jar centerpieces to add character and color to your table settings for entertaining with casual elegance at home.⇒
What is it about mason jars?
Did you ever wonder why people love them so much?
Is it that they remind you of a gentler time, when people actually bothered with canning and took time with the little things that make home more special? That’s definitely part of it for me.
But I also love the broad variety of colors they come in, both old and new, and what these colors add to a table setting. For the tablescape above, done for a Fourth of July brunch party, the cherry mason jar adds just the right note of color to bring out the reds scattered about the table. The lovely floral in red, white and blue becomes all the more vibrant in the colorful little jar.
In paler colors, the sweet emblems on the sides are more visible and enhance their charm. In this kitchen styled for spring, I used a trio of mason jars, each one filled with different spring bulb flowers. I mixed pale green jars with clear ones to highlight the greenery in the flowers. The final touch is the raffia tie on the center jar, making the grouping look more playful, while providing a lovely farmhouse finishing touch.
The photo below is probably the most popular photo I’ve ever posted. While I do enjoy bright colored jars, I really get excited for these vintage jars, with their aged imperfections and soft hues. The pale blue is so pretty, and because they’re so old, no two jars are exactly the same color and all of the logos are a bit varied, as well. They’re especially fun placed in the vintage milk bottle carrier, and the summer flowers chosen bring out the tones in the plates in this colorful tablescape.
While I love to use mason jars as vessels for flowers, I also use them on the table to hold other things like flatware. In this outdoor patio setting, I used the zinc caddy with clear mini-mason jars to corral the utensils which look wonderful glinting in the sun. (See resource info at the bottom of this post.)
As charming as vintage mason jars are, I can also appreciate new canning jars in rich colors. The deep purple below was the perfect option for these pink and purple florals for an anniversary party. While I transported them in the caddy, they wound up sitting each one alone on a hightop cocktail table, and their diminutive size was balanced by the vibrance of their color.
Sometimes it’s not just the jar and the floral but the way they’re placed that makes the presentation special. On this summer table, set for a clambake, the varied heights of the jars, which are lifted by inverted glasses, adds a sense of movement to the table’s centerpieces. This works particularly well with the vintage jars, which already have some variation built in.
What’s great about mason jar centerpieces is that they’re small in size, so they’re perfect to add to a table that has other things going on. The spring table below mixes new and vintage style and the cake plate and candlesticks are already center stage. Including mason jar florals is an easy way to add fresh flowers, as they can be tucked into small spaces without crowding the table.
The jar is actually green, although that’s not easy to tell, but the color emphasizes the spring green stems in this lovely tulip bouquet.
Once again, below, in this simple breakfast buffet setting for weekend guests, the mason jar serves as a holder for the forks. When placed against white, you can really appreciate the color, despite the fact that it’s soft and pastel.
I have so many different vessels that I use for florals, but few are as enchanting as mason jar centerpieces. In fact, I’m working on a new tablescape just today that I’ll be sharing with you very soon.
You can be sure to be on the lookout for these delightful little florals and just maybe they’ll remind you of days gone by.
Mason Jar Centerpieces Source List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
- Purple mason jars
- Pink and green mason jars
- Vintage blue mason jars
- Zinc metal caddy with glass jars
- Vintage milk bottle carriers
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