Ideas for a Mason Jar Bridal Shower

A mason jar themed bridal shower is the perfect choice to honor the bride-to-be who loves all things country. This type of event is also very easy and economical to plan, making it perfect for the hostess on a tight budget.

Start Planning Your Event with Cute Mason Jar Invitations

Obviously, every party starts with a fabulous invitation. The Printable Wedding has a mason jar wedding set that includes a professionally designed bridal shower invitation. The invitation can customized with your event details, then printed on the paper of your choice. Use white cardstock for crisp appearance or choose a brown Kraft cardstock for more of a rustic look.

The bridal shower invitations print on 8 ½ x 11 inch cardstock, two to a sheet. Use a paper trimmer to trim them to the 5 x 7 inch size, then slip inside an A7 envelope for mailing.

Add Fun and Festive Bridal Shower Decorations

Flowers or candles displayed inside tinted mason jars make for lovely bridal shower decorations. Vintage mason jars can be purchased in select colors, but it's actually not too difficult to tint clear jars at home. The technique isn't food safe, but it's perfect for craft projects. Here's what you do:

  • Mix food coloring with a tablespoon of water in a small bowl, stirring well.
  • Pour three or four tablespoons of Mod Podge inside your mason jar.
  • Stir the Mod Podge and food coloring together.
  • Carefully rotate the jar to evenly coat the entire inside with the Mod Podge and food coloring mixture. Pour the excess into a spare bowl.
  • Place the jars upside down on wax paper to dry for at least 30 minutes.
  • Set your oven to warm. Heat the jars face down on a wax paper covered cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Then, flip them upright and heat them for another 20 minutes.
  • Your jars are done when they're clear and the mixture has lost the majority of its streaks.

Another fun way to use mason jars as part of your event decor is to turn them into photo frames. To do this:

  • Fill a quart size mason jar with vegetable oil.
  • Suspend a 4 x 6 inch print of the happy couple inside the jar. The oil will give the picture a sepia toned look, but it won’t soak into the print.
  • If desired, you can add a few dried herbs inside the jar for additional decoration or attach a paper tag that describes the photo.

If your bridal shower is being held during the winter months, mason jar snow globes can be used as unique decor. Here’s how to make them:

  • Use super glue to attach small plastic figurines to the bottom of a mason jar lid.
  • Fill the jar with water, leaving some empty space at the top so it doesn't overflow when the figurine is inserted.
  • Add a few drops of glycerin and a small amount of glitter.
  • Apply super glue around the rim and threads of the jar, then tightly screw the lid onto the jar.
  • When the glue is dry, you can gently shake your snow globe to see the glitter fly.

Serve Food from Mason Jars

Serving food from mason jars carries over your bridal shower theme while making everything easy for guests to eat as they mingle.

Mason jar salads would be perfect for your event, since they can be prepped ahead of time. You can use almost any combination of ingredients for your salads, but remember to pack them with the dressing and the heaviest ingredients at the bottom of the jar. The greens are added at the top, which keeps your salad from getting soggy.

If mason jar salads aren't your thing, mixed fruit in mason jars is another easy idea. Use fresh seasonal fruit with a light honey orange or honey lime dressing for added sweetness. Add a few sandwiches to complete the meal.

For dessert, mason jar cupcakes are an excellent option. Bake your favorite cupcakes in standard tins, eliminating the liners. Insert one cupcake at the bottom of an eight ounce mason jar, add a layer of frosting, insert a second cupcake, and finish with a final frosting layer. You could also add a few sprinkles, if desired.

You can easily serve drinks in mason jars, using striped paper straws for a little added color. If you're having your event outside, use decorative cupcake liners to create covers for your jars so guests won't have to worry about bugs in their drinks.

Pass Out Pretty Yet Practical Mason Jar Favors

Passing out small favors is a lovely way to thank guests for taking the time to come to your event. The smaller four ounce mason jars are perfect for use as bridal shower favors. Use a 2 ½ inch circle punch to easily cut circular labels for the top of your mason jars, embellishing with our taupe daisy flower clip art so they coordinate with your event invitations. Add your label to the canning jar lid, screw on the band, and finish with a pretty ribbon bow.

DIY bath salts are a great option for bridal shower party favors, as everything loves a pampering treat! The recipe below is a popular option, but you can use different essential oils and dried herbs to customize the scent if desired.

  • 4 cups Epsom salts
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 60 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil.
  • Small amount of dried lavender (optional)

To make your bath salts, simply combine all the ingredients into a large bowl. Mix well, then fill the jars and add your labels. You should end up with about 10 jars of bath salts when you’re done.

Other popular ideas for bridal shower party favors include hand-poured candles in mason jars or cookie mix in a jar. If you're looking for something simpler, however, you could always opt to fill the jars with an assortment of yummy candy in the bride's wedding colors.

Making Special Memories with the Bride-to-Be

Remember that a bridal shower should be the perfect chance for everyone to get together to celebrate the happy couple's upcoming nuptials. As long as you provide plenty of opportunities for guests to mingle and congratulate the bride-to-be, your event is sure to be a success.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team