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Mason Jar Party

Last month, I got to help put on a party for my grandparents and celebrate their 90th year. They don’t actually turn 90 until NEXT year, but when we realized my parents would be serving a 3 year mission in Ghana and unable to come back for the party next year, I put a bug in the ear of my sweet grandparents to see what they thought about celebrating the beginning of their 90th year instead of waiting until they were actually 90. It’s all semantics, right?

They delightfully agreed, and with just 2 months to plan, we set out to celebrate in late June. My grandparents last name is BALL, and something really cool is that my grandmother’s mothers’ maiden name is MASON. I thought that having a party theme including Mason Jars would be so fun to do for them (Do you remember my Mason Jar Mod Podge Photo Art I made last month? That was in preparation for this event). My most favorite part of the decor was the Mason Jar Ball Cake my friend Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy in Utah made.

mason jar party

You see, I’ve met Ashlee through the blogging world, and she attended my Say NO to Auto workshop in Utah last summer. My cousin was going to make the cake, but she was unable to at the last minute. I called Ashlee the week before and begged and pleaded for a last minute cake order. I’m so happy she obliged!! Not only was the cake gorgeous, amazing, and fabulous, it was also 3 different layers of gourmet deliciousness! (white chocolate with strawberry one layer, chocolate with cream cheese another, and lemon with lemon curd the third).

Ashlee put on the finishing touches when she dropped it off.

cake decorating

It all started when I found a super cute cookie design on pinterest that said, “having a Ball” that came from Kara’s Party Ideas. I then started a pinterest board called Grandparents 90th to gather ideas.

The most gorgeous cookies ever - Mason Jar Cookies via Kara's Party Ideas{source}

I went with that theme, and asked my friend Kim from 733 Design to create an invitation, with the colors they chose (purple and blue). I LOVE how it turned out (front and back below). I took the pic of my grandparents back in January on my front porch when they were visiting me. They are both quite agile.

having a ball invitation

I found a fabulous shop online that made custom napkins, and I was SO excited! The Paper Hat created some sweet napkins that I knew would be a great keepsake for all of my family members even after the event.

the-paper-hat

the paper hat custom napkins

My cousins collected a bunch of Ball jars in varying sizes, and we found some turquoise color just a few hours before the party began.

mason jar flower vase

Here are a few other decor spots:

having a ball party

I was so worried about cutting into it, I had to have my brother do it.

carrying cake

We waited til halfway through the party (we had another sheet cake we were serving from). I had to take one last loving picture with this adorable-ness.

hugging mason jar cake

cutting mason jar cake

A little glimpse at the rest of the room: Mason jars were used to hold forks and pens and flowers.

Mason Jar party collage

My grandparents had an AMAZING turnout, and they just couldn’t stop talking about the people who came, some driving several hours to share their love. Some they hadn’t seen in 50 years that read about it in the paper! It was a sweet event, and they even had all of their great grandchildren present (though a few are missing from this picture).

great grandchildren
My mom and dad on the left, her sister and her husband on the right, then us cousins in the middle with spouses (though mine wasn’t there). My handsome brothers are behind me.

grandparents party

My grandma was told as a young bride that she wouldn’t be able to have children, and two miracle daughters, 10 grandchildren, and many many great grandchildren later, they have left a legacy of love and Christ centered living.

grandparents laughing

It was a great day.

Mason Jar Mod Podge Photo Art

We’re back with our talented group of 10 creative bloggers to share June’s themed hop. Head on over to their blogs to see and save their projects after viewing ours. Last month’s hop theme was CITRUS (where I shared Citrus Photography Art Prints), and there were so many other cute ideas! Pin this collage below, and make sure you come back on the 10th each month! June’s theme is MASON JARS, I’m loving all the fun ideas!

10 mason jars projects and recipes

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To see each contributors Mason Jar posts up close, join the Blog Hop!

(If the link doesn’t work, click on the home page, it should be at the top!)

1. Little Miss Momma sharing Quick and Easy Painted Mason Jar Vases

2 .Landee See, Landee Do is sharing DIY Mercury Glass Mason Jars

3. Thirty Handmade Days shares Kids Summer Jar Ideas + Printable

4. Simply Kierste is sharing an Easy Mason Jar Lanterns tutorial

5. Your Homebased Mom shares Mason Jar Picnic ideas

6. Lolly Jane shares some quick Mason Jar Vases

7. Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Rainbox Cake in a Jar recipe

8 .Eighteen25 sharing their Laundry Room Mason Jars

9. Or So She Says sharing a DIY Bug Jar Caddy

10. Capturing Joy shares Mason Jar Mod Podge Photo Art for the home

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MY Mason Jar Project

I’m laughing at myself that I’ve now shared photo art two months in a row on the blog hop. Yes, I’m a photographer at heart, but I love all sorts of other projects, too! This time, I printed out my photo art, and mod podged it onto a piece of wood as a large statement piece for my mantel.

I’m organizing a 90th birthday party for my grandparents, and I planning it all around the Mason Jar theme, so they’ve been on my mind a lot lately! When I saw this mason jar clip art from Graphic’s Fairy, I knew I wanted to make a big statement piece for the party, and to save for my home afterwards.

Mason Jar Mod Podge Photo Art with a blog hop of 10 creative bloggers sharing Mason Jar projects www.KristenDuke.com
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I didn’t take too many pictures of the step by step process, because it’s so easy, and I shared how to mod podge prints on wood a while back on my blog (check the link for more details).

Here is what I did:

  1. I printed the Mason Jar art onto a 20×30 piece of photo paper–I like BIG! When I initially uploaded the image to my local lab, it appeared to be too odd shaped to print the size I wanted, then I brought the image into my editing system (Photoshop) and created a blank 20×30 canvas and plopped the image onto it, made it bigger, and it uploaded fine.
  2. Cut out Mason Jar picture
  3. Stain (or paint) a piece of wood to your liking, let it dry. Mine is 20×30
  4. Adhere Mason Jar cut picture to stained wood with Mod Podge between wood and print, as well as on top of print and all over the edged of the print.
  5. Place in a visible spot for eye candy!

mason jar print

That’s it! It’s a super easy project, and I love the look. I hope you get a chance to “hop” to visit all of my friends and their Mason Jar projects today!

 

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