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DIY Decorating for your Next Outdoor Gathering

We have some fun, fresh DIY decor ideas to give your outdoor party a little boost. Transform your backyard into a place of escape where you can unwind, enjoy some fresh air, and have fun with friends and family.

Summer is the season for outdoor gatherings and parties. We have some fun, fresh DIY decor ideas to give your outdoor party a little boost. After scrolling through this list of tips and ideas, you’ll want to plan a barbecue for every single weekend of the summer. So, let’s celebrate being together with friends and family with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and complementing décor.

Are you hosting an alfresco dinner garden party in the evening? Transform your backyard into a place of escape where you can unwind, enjoy some fresh air, and have fun with friends and family. Create small clusters of arrangements and add some larger pieces to provide a lush feel to any table. Flower arrangements are the perfect way to brighten up your space, whether you are gathering in a backyard garden or a contemporary room.

No matter what your style, you can incorporate glass jars into your space.  32 oz canning jars and 31 oz Cylinder Jars are ideal for a medium-sized floral arrangement, adding elegance without distracting from the flowers. Accent with some votive candles to create a relaxed romantic vibe.

Candles with flowers

Our 10 oz Libbey Vibe jars have a modern touch and “cool” factor, and you can never go wrong with Jar Store’s 16 oz Jars for a rustic feel. Floating scented candles add elegant fun to any table arrangement. Small, squat jars, such as our 3 oz Tureen jar or 4 oz Squat Jelly Jar, are great vessels and can be used with or without a pedestal. For a more sensory-stimulating centerpiece, 32 oz Anchor Canning Jars filled with lemon slices, rosemary, or lavender sprigs before being topped with water and a floating candle. You can also add a couple of drops of citronella oil to the water to keep the bugs away!

Outdoor decorations

Do you love a good table setting? We are seeing a trend towards ‘Tablescaping’…mixing and matching vintage plates and silverware from thrift stores and yard sales for a fun, whimsical, and funky way to bring character to your gathering. So, please your guests and get the party started by breaking away from a traditional dinnerware set-up. How to do it with style – use our 5.5 oz Libbey Heavy Base Side Water Jars for your classic cocktails, and the larger 13 oz Libbey English Hi-Ball is perfect for a water glass or iced tea. Our 16 oz Anchor Mason Jar Mug adds some country-style fun: for serving drinks, popcorn, or ice cream sundaes in! Let guests serve themselves!

Jarcuterie is a play on the words charcuterie board. All the sweet and salty party snacks that are arranged on a charcuterie board are artfully stacked in our small 4 oz. Straight Sided Jar to create individual charcuterie servings. While you can add anything to your jars, we like to include cured meat, cheese, crackers, pickled and fresh vegetables, olives, and loads of fresh fruit.


Keep Bugs Out of the Buffet! Sure, you could ward off ants and flies with plastic-wrapped bowls, but at some point, people will want to eat the salad and it will need to come uncovered. A much prettier—and more practical—solution: Pack side dishes in Anchor Mini Hermes Clamp Top Lid single-serving jars. Spoon individual portions into the containers, then set out one for each guest. 

Salad in a jar

What would a gathering be without party favors? Children and adults alike will enjoy a treat in a simple glass jar like our 16 oz BASCO Wide Mouth Jars. These jars have smooth sides, perfect for decorating with washi tape, paint, embossing, or a vinyl sticker. Fill the jars with mementos from the day and a handwritten Thank you note. Color coordinate the favors with confetti paper, candies, a packet of seeds, bubbles, or mini hand sanitizer! No matter the type of celebration or your creative abilities, there are endless options to send your guests away feeling loved.


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