Beach Picnic in A Jar

by Jennifer on June 30, 2011

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One of favorite parts of being a Mott’s Mom is the fun topics they want us to talk about with you and for June the topic is ‘Picnics’. I loved this topic as picnicking is such a integral part of the American Summer.

For our family, we picnic at the beach as we live close to Misquamicut Beach. One of our favorite, and honestly, magical habits is to head to the beach and have a casual dinner picnic. With my current obsession with Ball jars, I decided to give a picnic in a jar a try.

Why You ask? The jars are compact, pack up easily, easy to close back up when someone is done eating or taking a break (and this helps with pesky gulls and bugs). They are reusable, fun and dang cute!

So, what did we pack? some wraps, hummus with carrots and cucumbers, grapes and cheese

bowtie pasta salad,

Some sparkling tea

 strawberry shortcake in a jar (not kidding). 

I love the romance of watching our children rub their toes in the sand while they nibble and once they are done, I get to cuddle with my hubby on a blanket and nibble as well.

We then often wrap up the evening with a stroll. The kids are inevitably wet and tired so we drag ourselves (5 lbs of sand and all) back to the van and quietly cruise home. Perfection.

What are your essential picnic foods?  Let me and Mott’s know by commenting here and interact with them on their Facebook page.

p.s. I know some might be thinking, uh-oh glass on beach. Naturally, you need to be careful not to leave a glass jar out where someone can step on it (and make sure beaches even allow).

Disclosure: As a Mott’s Mom, I am compensated for my time.

Laurie June 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

So lovely!!!! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!!

Marly July 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

That does sound like a perfect day! I wish we had a beach nearby. We have plenty of lakes, but their beaches are not really comparable to the Atlantic!

c2cmom July 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

Ooh – I love the idea of packing a picnic into jars! I’m going to try this for our July 4th celebration, and I’ll make your strawberry shortcake in a jar for sure. Thanks for inspiring me!

Becca July 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

Can’t wait to try the picnic in a jar with the boys, though they don’t like hummus, I think they will like PB on the bottom and carrot, apples, and celery on top!

brandi July 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

great idea – especially the shortcake in the jar!

Kristen July 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

So much fun – I wish we lived near a beach!

Kathy - Panini Happy July 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

What a gorgeous day at the beach! Your kids look so happy. I’ll bet they had fun with their jars! 🙂

Karen W July 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm

OMG Jen you are so smart!! I love the idea of this and since the Bell Jars are pretty thick they safe to use like this.. and it’s prob fun for the kids, eating out of a jar. Mine would look at me with a look of “mom are you serious” and then ask for it all the time cuz it’s neat! They might even eat something they normally wouldn’t cuz it’s in a ‘jar’. You inspire me with all your healthy meal options to get kids to eat healthy… love them and keep them coming my friend!! xoxox

Jennifer July 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Karen, you are simply the best!

Megan's Cookin' July 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I love your picnic in a jar. I have to check out those salad recipes too. We’re headed for a week to the coast and I’ll have to make more things in a jar. Have the pie already planned but I love the salad idea too! Perfect for tailgating.

Nicole July 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Fabulous idea Jenifer! I’ll be using this one for sure : )


Audrey's mom July 11, 2011 at 12:04 am

Such a cute idea. I, too have a mason jar thing. Never thought to shove a picnic in one. We have packed them full of cupcakes and shipped them to grandparents.

Elle July 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Wow, what a great idea!

patsy July 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

That has to be the cutest picnic I’ve ever seen! I’m going to make a note to see if our favorite beach allows glass or not… even if they don’t, I love what you pack for you picnic nibbles!

This Confetti Life August 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm

So cute! The strawberry shortcake in a jar looks delish!

Cindi @Frugal New England Kitchen August 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Luv the jars, so many uses for them. Didn’t think glass was allowed on public beaches though, at least not in Connecticut.

Jennifer August 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hi Cindy and thanks for coming by – you are correct that many public beaches do not allow glass, so keep this for private beaches or a picnic in the park.

lindsey September 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

omgosh! What a great idea! Lovely!

Betsy September 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

Great idea but many beaches do not allow glass!

Jennifer September 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

True statement. I addressed that at the end of the post. Thanks!

Leanne Loach October 10, 2013 at 3:28 am

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing beautiful and loving pictures.

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