These sweet little jam jars doubled as favours (or bonbonierre, whatever you call them) and place cards at our wedding.
Our 100 year old venue used to be a Jam Factory, back in the day.. so we thought this was fitting.
Plus it fit with the overall rustic theme.
I had every intention of making the jam myself, but I soon realised that was slightly beyond me. Have you ever read about how to make jam?? Despite my expectations, it is NOT as simple as cooking fruit and sugar and bottling the mixture. First you have to find mini jars as cute as the ones above. Then there's all this technical stuff.. like you have to heat the jam jars so they are hot when you fill them wit hot liquid. Which means you have to handle them with tongs, not hands (fiddly!). And then you cant just put a lid on... you have to boil them (with lids on) in order to sterilise and seal them (messy.. and still fiddly!).
Have I put you off making your own jam yet??
Well.. what if I tell you that you can buy ready made jam in mini jars for only $1 each? Yep, that changed my mind too! I picked up 150 jars for about $150.
Then I set to work with a little DIY.
I removed the existing labels so that they looked a little more home-made and rustic.
I cut little squares of orange gingham (which matched our groomsmen's ties perfectly).
And I tied them up with string (which tied in with our invitations).
Then we attached tags with guests names.
They looked great and the guests loved them.
I'm pretty sure our niece opened hers and ate it on her bread roll at the reception!