Pickle Jar Tablescape

Confession time: I have a jar problem. I like to save glass jars. I've had this problem for a few years. Every time I eat the last pickle, red pepper, olive, or pickled jalepeno, I get a little bit excited because I know I'll have another jar for my collection.

There is a method to my madness though. I use these jars as upcycled decorative items. I've used them as flower vases, and most recently, I used them as candleholders in a tablescape. 

I quite literally pulled out all of my jars, dropped a tealight inside, and called it done. While I adore fancy, complicated tablescapes in theory, in reality I prefer a simpler design. I want my guests to be able to see each other across the table and to have plenty of room to enjoy their food, without having to worry about knocking something over or lighting their sleeves on fire.

If you have trouble getting your labels off, spray some distilled vinegar on the label and let it sit for a few minutes. It will come right off. If the label is really stubborn, you might have to spray it with vinegar a few times.

Allow me to introduce you to the cast characters...

It's simple and elegant, and set the mood for a great dinner!


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  1. Me, too -- about getting excited over empty jars. If you ever get Rinaldi spaghetti sauce, there are little stars running around the top of the glass jars. I'm quite excited about painting those suckers -- red, white & blue for patriotic holidays -- or red, green & silver for Christmas --- or orange, white & red for fall. Oh the possibilities are endless. I've been saving up. :)

    1. orange, white, yellow for fall (not red) :)

    2. One more thing....the Rinaldi spaghetti sauce (original) is my favorite!! I don't "just" buy it for the jars. Although that's not beneath me.


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