a festive table with ball jars

Ball jars are the original mason jar and I have been in love with them since I first started collecting kitchenalia way back when. The branding is iconic and hasn’t changed much since its first inception around 120 years ago in America. I’m lucky enough to have a few vintage pieces which I’ve used in my styling for ages so what a pleasure it has been to work with the brand as they launched into the South African market.

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I’ve styled a festive table with a few Ball Jars to inspire creative uses this season. Fill them with delicious spicy caramel popcorn, cookies or chocolates. They make fabulous vases for flower arrangements too.

flower arrangement in a Ball Mason Jar

a festive table with ball jars

This year I’ve embraced everything Christmas and done so way earlier than normal. I’m buying every sparkling string of lights I can find and I can’t wait to host a few festive parties under my frangipani tree. I love a white table with shiny lights, candles and small bunches of flowers. I love food on platters for sharing, and overall nothing too fussy. Its already such a crazy time of year, we really don’t need to be stressing to much with preparations.

Ball jar filled with cookies

a festive table with ball jars

Tear a piece off a smoked salmon or smoked trout ribbon and pop on a cracker with a dollop of horseradish cream or creme fraiche and horseradish, and scatter capers for an almost instant tasty nibble with drinks.

Ball Jar filled with chocolate balls

a festive table with ball jars

I hope you are having a sparkling festive time this season.

Ball Jars are available in selected Pick n Pays and can also be found at Takealot.com. The Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving is only R120 and is my go-to for all things preserve. I have loved every recipe I have made from it so far.

You can listen to my foodie chat on the IanF Show on 91.9 FM where I talk about all things Christmas here

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Ball Jars filled with treats

This post has been sponsored by Ball Jars

For more of my Ball Jar preserving recipes:

Pear christmas mince pies

Cereal milk milkshake with caramel corn and cornflake clusters

Melon Cocktail with strawberry and basil

How to make easy cranberry jelly

Oven roasted BBQ chicken wings 

Zesty salsa and salad nachos

Corn and red pepper relish quesadillas


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  1. Anna Crowe

    Dear Sam,
    i too, love all jars. I know that I have written to you before about this, so I am sorry to be a pain. I have look in four PnPs and cannot find the Blue Book – please tell me which one has it. Many, many thanks,

  2. Sam

    Thanks so much Sara, lovely to have you stop by

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