Here’s Laura again with another great idea for favors at a baby shower. Mason Bottle’s Kickstarter campaign launched yesterday – be sure to check it out! The video has some great information about the benefits of using mason jars as baby bottles. Don’t need baby bottles yourself? You can designate bottles to be donated to the Homeless Prenatal Program.
I love this favor idea for a few reasons: the bottles are adorable, the syrup has beautiful color, and who doesn’t love margaritas?
In a recent post, we talked about how to use mason jar baby bottles as party favors. We made candles in four ounce jars, and bath salts in twelve ounce jars. So now the eight ounce jar deserves some love.
Eight ounce mason jars, like four ounce jars, can actually be used to give milk to a baby. We prototyped mason bottles with my son, and loved them so much, we had to share them with the world. Now you can get nipples on the mason bottle website to make DIY baby bottles—for party favors or for real.
Now, if you want to turn an eight ounce mason jar into a party favor, they are great for preserves of all kinds. I like to make prickly pear syrup, which is the best addition to a margarita you can possibly imagine. I happen to be visiting Arizona at the moment, and they are in season. If you’re not from the Southwest, you can make syrup out of any fresh juice you want. Syrups can be expensive, so these favors really provide a lot of value for your guests.
Prickly Pear Syrup
If you are using prickly pears, many recipes will tell you to peel these cactuses and scrape off the needles. This is excruciating, mainly for the time involved, but also because if you’re anything like me, you will prick yourself. Thankfully, there is a better way:
You can take these right off a cactus, rinse them, throw them in the blender, and strain them. The blender will pulverize the cactus needles for you, and the resulting prickly pear juice is incredibly high in Vitamin C. Have some with a twist of lime. Then start your syrup. Here’s a great recipe.
The best part is you really cannot go to the trouble of canning this syrup. Here’s why: you’re going to have to take off the mason jar’s screw-on collar so you can insert the nipple and get the baby bottle look. This could break the seal and compromise shelf life, so advise your guests to use their jar within a few weeks or freeze it. They will thank you for giving them a reason to make margaritas.