Today we are going to add some red, white and blue to either our dining room or kitchen
and we are going to use the ever popular mason jar.
that these popular jars have been the go-to vessel for many projects for many generations.
In fact ,you might be surprised to know that they have been around since the early 1800’s.
Not only are they used for canning, although that was their intended use, they are also
used for flower arrangements for many, many folks, which included my Mother.
You see, Mom had her “good,” canning jars which had no nicks in the top edge of the jar.
This was very important because if you had a nick in the jar, you would not get a good seal
when you put the jar lid on and pressured cooked your veggies, meats or even fruits.
You see my friends, if there is not a good seal on those jars you now have a recipe
for Botulism food poisoning.
So those jars became the castaways and were used for picking raspberries, floral
arrangements, buttons, sea shell collections, rock collections, gasoline, paint, turpentine
and even arrangements that were taken to the cemetery on Memorial day.
So mason jars it seems have many uses, then and now.
Since I had high hopes of canning my tomatoes (before we had torrential downpours and
the tomatoes are rotting) I bought mason jars.
While it rained, I decided to decorate economically and Patriotically with mason jars.
If you can’t can, you might as well decorate, my new motto in life.
Showing your red, white and blue spirit is easy and fun.
You might be surprised to find that you have many of these items in your home already.
If you don’t and you must purchase a few, please save them for next year.
Just put them in a plastic bag then in a plastic container and stow them away.
Supplies For Creating Patriotic/ Americana Dining Room Flair
(Use more or less depending on your decorating style)
1. 4 clear pint size or painted mason jars
2. 3 Flags
3. 4 Red daisies
4. 4 White daisies
5. 4 Polka-dot daisies
6. 4-8 red, white & blue foil spray
7. Patriotic ribbon
8. Wooden stars
9. Galvanized tin container
10. 3 Sparkling water bottles (labels removed)
11. 1 large tin star
12. Blue place mats
13. Silver chargers
14. White dishes
15. Blue milk bottles
16. Yellow cutlery
17. Clothes pin & magnet foodie notion
18. Patriotic Bandannas for napkins
Another way to easily accent a table setting is by including interesting or theme
type napkins to the scene, and throwing in a little whimsy whenever possible.
Love these little magnet piggies, they stick so well to the metal in the clothes pin.
A perfect little 4th of July napkin ring!
But you know napkins are so pricey, so I think a neat little tip is to use a bandanna.
I always iron mine to spruce them up.
What is your favorite way to add Americana to your table?
Looking forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us at
Thoughts of Home On Thursday!
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