Students Create Amazing Rustic Mason Jar Centerpieces

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Packaging Options Direct Goes to Florida

by Leira Fomburn and Brianne Livas

The Advanced Food Production Class of the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University located in Biscayne Bay Miami, was assigned a hands-on culinary project where the students would have the unique opportunity to organize an entire lunch event, including: decorations, food, music, menus and a signature drink.

The point of this assignment was to allow the students to get hands-on training on many different aspects of the hospitality industry including restaurant, event, and culinary management.  In this event, the culinary students would prepare and serve the meals to the public.

The event was held on Friday, March 20th 2015 at the FIU Biscayne Bay campus in the school's Restaurant Management Lab.

The dinner's theme was rustic and the group's idea was to have rustic centerpieces with mason jars, rustic menu designs, and to serve a rustic signature drink in 16 oz. mason jars. This is a very affordable way to decorate any rustic party, dinner, or even wedding simply using twine, baby breath flowers and mason jars.

Creative Uses Of Economy Jars

Table with Mason jar Centerpieces

Packaging Options Direct was proud to sponsor this event by contributing by economy jars for the signature drinks, and centerpieces.

Closer View of Mason Jar Center PieceTop View of Centerpiece Preperation


To prepare the economy jar centerpieces, twine was wrapped around the jars until the desired thickness was reached. After wrapping the twine, it was tied off by making a bow. The flowers consisted of baby's breaths and 3-4 daisy's in each arrangement. To give the table a little more color, the students served their sweet, tea infused Arnold Palmer signature drink in the 16 oz. economy jars which was garnished which a slice of lemon.

Server with Drinks in Mason Jars

The guests were highly impressed with the vent and the students were thrilled with how well everything turned out. Many guests even wanted to take the centerpieces home.

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