*I was sent product by Aladdin, via Mom Trends, to show how entertaining with mason jars can be easy and fun. They weren’t wrong. Plus, I had a blast. All opinions are mine. I think I am about to commit blogger blasphemy. Are you ready for this? I am not a fan of Mason jars. What?! I know. I can hardly believe it myself. There is nothing wrong with mason jars. They just aren’t my cup of tea. I was apprehensive, to say the least, when I opened up a big box from Aladdin filled with their newest Mason jar entertaining collection. But as I started to peruse all their products, I found myself excited. For the most part, these jars are plastic (which is huge considering we are currently building an outdoor space for my family to hang out this summer) and the colors are bright and fantastic. Aladdin wants people to know that they can entertain with ease with this new collection, found at Wal-Mart. So I decided to gather some girlfriends for a relaxing girl’s night in. A pajama picnic is what we would have. What the heck is that? We all wear pajamas, we order in dinner, and the host provides yummy drinks and a dessert. Easy.
I can certainly get carried away when it comes to entertaining. But I made sure to keep it simple this time. I set up the one table I would need early on in the day so that I wouldn’t be rushing during homework and bath time for my kids before my friends arrived. I didn’t leave that fruit water out all day but wanted to take a photo in better light for the purposes of showing the set up to you. From this shot you can see three of the different products Aladdin has out right now. The beverage dispenser is SO fantastic! The jar on this one is glass, which I really prefer in a dispenser. And that teal color is going to be perfect for all my summer entertaining. You can see the mason jar drinking glasses and reusable acrylic straws and then the extra-large, hot pink mason jar that I decided to use for flowers. There were a ton of other great products but in an effort to keep it simple, I decided to not use them all. My favorite product, however is a double walled mason jar cup with a handle and lid. It is now my cup of choice for my ever-present ice water. It doesn’t leave water rings! Its genius.
As I said, I didn’t want to get carried away but I did add some strawberries to the water. Crazy, I know! It really took so little effort but I felt like it was a nice touch and would make my guests feel like I really put some thought in to the preparation.
For the drinks, I wanted to make sure we had all our bases covered. This was a weeknight so I knew some of us wouldn’t want a drink. But you never know what kind of day people have had. I’m a people pleaser so it is just as easy to set out some fun options and let the guests have exactly what they want. I’d been dying to try the Nekter cocktail mixers so I thought this was the perfect time. They are perfect to mix with alcohol, but you can also just drink straight or mix with club soda. It was delicious! It was so fresh tasting and vibrant. I will be getting that again!
I used some leather scraps that I had to cut out some quick drink tags. We could have gone by the color of the cup but who wants to have to remember that? :) I just tied them on with some scrap fabric and I was done. Super quick and totally in keeping with the theme of easy entertaining.
Since Trader Joe’s has the BEST prices on flowers I picked these up to add another color and some height to the table. I used one of the super sized Aladdin mason jars as a super easy vase. I think the bright pink of that jar goes perfectly with the bright yellow of the flowers.
With that little bit of prep work done ahead of time, all that was left was to relax with my friends. We poured our drinks, Erika picked up some dinner on her way over and we were set. They either arrived in pajamas or put them on once they got here and we enjoyed each other’s company and some reality TV. I can’t think of an easier way to entertain your girlfriends.
Go check out the rest of the Aladdin Mason jar entertaining products at Wal-Mart. They will be perfect for all your summer and everyday entertaining.
*Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to keep Cupcakes and Cutlery going. These gals would have been drinking out of plain old glasses if not for Aladdin. Boring.