Party Ideas from Catch My Party: Desserts in Jars

    We recently caught up with Jillian from Catch My Party, the ultimate party resource for any DIY celebration, to talk about one of the most recent trends in events: desserts in jars! These party ideas are great for end-of-summer picnics where everyone can have their own self-contained dessert in a mess-free container. They also make for wonderful party favors, and after your friends enjoy the treat inside, they can keep the jar to use again and again. From layer cakes to apple pie, the recipes to fill your jars are practically endless! Check out our party ideas on how to make amazing desserts in jars for your next soirée.

    Decorate the outside of the jar for events like bridal showers and weddings.

    Desserts in jars are one of the best party ideas to help save time and eliminate stress during weddings and bridal showers. Make a few different desserts in jars such as cheesecake and lemon meringue pie, label them, and then decorate with flowers and ribbons that coordinate with the wedding colors. After that, all you need to do is line them up on the dessert table in your event space and you’re done! No need to worry about plates or cutting up a huge cake. You can even attach mini spoons to the jars so you don’t have to deal with tons of silverware.

    Here are a few recipe ideas to get you inspired:

    Apple Pie in a Jar

    First make your crust by mixing together some sugar, cinnamon, butter, crushed graham crackers and crushed walnuts. Smash it into the bottom of the glass jar and preheat your oven to 425. Make a simple custard with a nice, creamy texture. Dice up some of your favorite apples and spoon everything into the jar. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then reduce heat and cook an additional 20-25 minutes until the custard sets and the tops are golden brown.

    Rainbow Cakes in a Jar

    These are perfect for kids parties and picnics since they are portable, sealable, and of course, festively bright! You can make them in half-pint or pint jars depending on your preference. Preheat oven to 375 and mix up your favorite white cake mix. Divide the cake mix into six separate bowls and use food coloring to color each bowl a different shade of the rainbow. Do not use liquid food coloring as this will result in washed out tones. Instead, opt for gel or paste food coloring. Then, layer the batter evenly into the mason jars until they are 3/4 full. Leave room because the cake will rise while cooking. You can put the jars in a brownie pan and then pop them in the oven. To ensure the bottom of the cakes cook through, pour about ½ inch of water into the bottom of the brownie pan. Cook for 45 minutes. To ensure it's cooked through, poke it with a knife until no batter leaks. Remove from oven and let cool. Top with white frosting and serve.

    You can also do this color-cake in different color themes for Holiday events. Think red, white and blue for Independence Day, orange and black for Halloween, and so on.

    Roasted Strawberry Parfait in a Jar

    For a healthy treat, make some fruit parfaits in a jar. These would be perfect to make as part of a goody bag or to serve as a refreshing dessert next time you’re using an outdoor event space. Heat your oven to 400, toss your strawberries in a separate bowl with a little sugar and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Be sure to keep the juices from the strawberries. Then get some vanilla yogurt, frozen yogurt, or ice cream. Layer your yogurt and berries into each jar. Top with a few fresh berries and chill until ready to serve. You can also swap out the strawberries with your favorite type of berry and mix up the other filling by using chocolate ice cream or anything else that tantalizes your taste buds.

    For more desserts in jars, try the cookbook Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson, featuring tons of recipes to try out.

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