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Repurposed Spice Jars for the Holidays

There many easy ways you can add Christmas decorations to your dinner and dessert table this year. 

When dessert time strikes at parties, it's often easiest to keep it relaxed and self-serving for both hostesses and their guests. Nobody wants to keep asking their neighbor to "pass the sugar", and no hostess wants any unnecessary cleanup or dish duty. Around the holidays in particular, we're big fans of buffet and bar set ups since there's often lots of leisurely eating and drinking.

This year, like many, we looked to keep planning and party ideas budget-friendly, but still special. So, for our coffee bar set up, we reused some of our empty spice jars to create shakers for the coffee bar toppings. Get creative with your toppings! Sugar and cinnamon may seem like the go-to spices, but you can expand your selection with chocolate drizzles and even edible snow flakes. Of course, don't put out anything you don't think would be a hit, either. Uneaten food just means more cleanup!

Not only is this a great DIY idea to repurpose common household items, it's also a fantastic way to spruce up the typical coffee offering and make it special for a holiday celebration.

First, remove the labels from the jars and then wash and dry them thoroughly.

Add the toppings to the jars. We created a label on the computer to identify the contents and punched it out with a decorative punch. This can even be used as a way to tie your theme together or add some festiveness to an otherwise bare table. Save the file somewhere safe so you can just edit the color scheme of the labels for future get-togethers.

We then adhered the label to a piece of cardstock and punched a small hole in the top.

Our labels were tied around the neck of the jars with silver cording.

Keep it kid-friendly and serve up hot chocolate toppings, too! You may want to keep the kid-only toppings in a seperate section of the table, so they do not have any accidents with the scolding hot coffee or tea.

If you really want to add a holiday feel, make sure to provide a plate of festive drink garnishes with mini candycanes, rock candy,  and our own festive dipped marshmallows.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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