cute mason jar party ideas

Help us brainstorm with reader Amanda’s urgent dollar store party planning request coming from our Facebook Page:

I need help! My sweet 16 is a week from tomorrow and we have NOTHING done! I need food and decoration ideas bad. We are on a low money and time budget, and we want picnic style food . Help!

I found some great picnic-themed party ideas to get you inspired:

mason jar centerpiece

Mason Jar Centerpiece by Bridget Ivey

This mason jar centerpiece by Bridget Ivey at The Ivey League is simple, inexpensive, and fits in well with the picnic theme.

I like the mason jar idea for a picnic party theme, and there are so many ways you can use them. You might already have a lot of extra mason jars (or just recycled jars) on hand, that you can use for these ideas. Or, you can buy them at the thrift store or grocery store. And when the party’s over, you can reuse them.

Or, if you have time and you can’t find them, you can also purchase them on Amazon: Ball Regular Mouth Jars with Lids and Bands

To make a similar centerpiece to the one shown above, use a couple yards of gingham fabric (you can get this for about $2 a yard at Wal-mart), or a checked tablecloth. Gather up to run the length of the picnic table, and top with mason jars filled with candles (or battery-operated tea lights if you are concerned about using open flame.)

I like the mason jar idea for this party, so here are some other cute mason jar party ideas. Everything’s cuter in a mason jar!

strawberry shortcake in a jar

Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar by

Strawberry shortcake in a jar – better than birthday cake, if you ask me! Easy to make, too! Just layer in strawberry shortcake ingredients, and tie a piece of scrap fabric around the mouth of the jar.

cupcake liners on mason jars

Cupcake liners make adorable drink lids on mason jars by Setting the Mood

Cupcake liners are an inexpensive way to make a huge statement, especially when you use them as drink lids on mason jars.

Red Gingham Bake Cupsat Amazon.

Lastly, I love this glow jar idea by Intimate Weddings:

Glowing jars

Glowing Jars, a DIY by Intimate Weddings

Create glow jars at dusk with recycled jars and glow sticks (from the dollar store, of course!), OR, if you want to create reusable glow jars, try using Glow in the Dark Mod Podge to paint the jars before the event.

Get Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge on Amazon.

Readers, now it’s your turn. Help us brainstorm amazing ways to throw a last-minute Picnic-themed Sweet 16 party on a budget in the comments!