Christmas is set to look a little different in 2020, with smaller gatherings and social distancing in place as a result of the corona virus pandemic. That doesn’t mean you can’t get stuck into the spirit of things though, we just need to adapt to the ‘new normal’ and make some minor changes to the way things are done. So, if you’re still going to decorate the house and make it feel merry, then our decorative jars are a great solution if you don’t want to go to a crowded shopping precinct to get décor.
Our decorative jars come in a range of attractive shapes and sizes, making them easy to use as festive decorations. There are a number of different ways to form them into festive items that will make you want to deck the halls with them, which are simple and easy. You could paint different motifs onto them such as snowmen, Santa Claus or presents and tie some string around them for makeshift baubles, or keep it simple and wrap them with tinsel or pop tea lights in them for a chic and understated look. At the moment it’s fashionable to have personalised baubles made of glass and with a bit of paint, you can have your very own without breaking the bank!
There is no denying that Christmas can be a rather indulgent time of year, with Brits on average spending billions around the festive period. Of course, part of this means a lot of waste, be it in the form of wrapping paper, uneaten leftovers or unwanted gifts which is not kind on the environment. However, our decorative jars can help to reduce carbon footprints. Fashioning them into decorations, or making them part of your centrepiece, they can be reused over and over again. If your design goes out of fashion, simply remove embellishments, wash off paint and start again next year!
It’s that time of year once again, with Christmas around the corner, there is much to think about in terms of food and drink. Whether you’re hosting a meal, looking to give a tasty gift or just want to get into the spirit of things and create some Christmas time goodies, we’ve got some great ideas for drinks this season. Pair these with our swing top bottles for a classic homemade look that keeps the tipple fresh.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without mulled wine! This rich and complex festive drink is made by combining citrus peel, whole spices and red wine in a pan and keeping it over low heat for several hours to infuse. Extra sugar can be added either in its raw form or in juices, honey or syrups for those that like a sweeter brew or for those who want to kick it, some brandy can be stirred through. Make a large batch and fill swing-top bottles with this classic Christmas drink and adorn with a label with the use-by date, recipients name or tasting notes!
A snowball is an unforgettable and nostalgic drink, but did you know you can make your own Advocat? Simply start by making a custard by bringing an inch of water to a gentle boil in a saucepan and whisking 10 egg yolks together with a cup and a half of sugar. Whisk in a pinch of salt and a dash of cinnamon until the liquid forms yellow ribbons when the whisk is lifted. Then, pour a cup of brandy in. Place the mixture over the simmering water and continuously stir until it is slightly thickened. Place in a swing-top bottle and allow to cool. As this uses fresh eggs, it is best stored in the fridge and used within a week.
Making some food hampers this Christmas? These delicious gifts are thoughtful, simple to put together and often, the most well-received. You can fill them with just about anything but typically, food items with a longer shelf life are best. Making your own additions can be a great way to get in the Christmas spirit and can also help save you some pennies. We’ve got some recipes for jam jars that you can make in any size batch to suit your hamper quota!
Perfect with a turkey, cranberry sauce is a staple at the dinner table at this time of year thanks to it’s sweet and tart flavour profile. This condiment can be easily personalised and can be made in several variations with additions to suit the receiver’s tastes. The basic recipe calls for cranberries, sugar and a liquid (usually orange juice) boiled down until the fruit starts to soften. Some of our favourite customisations include adding port, orange rind, rhubarb or spices such as star anise. Pop it in a jam jar for maximum freshness and easy serving.
Another traditional condiment, this time served with dessert! Brandy butter is usually spread upon Christmas pudding but can be used on any sweet treat for an added lick of flavour. There are 2 ways to make brandy butter, with one requiring a little bit more effort but being well worth it. The easy way means beating together equal parts icing sugar and butter before adding a tablespoon of boiling water and 2 tablespoons of brandy. Then simply pop in a jam jar and chill until set. Alternatively, you can make your own butter! Simply whisk double cream and salt on a high speed until the solid butterfats separate from the buttermilk, strain and squeeze as much liquid from the fats as possible. Then repeat the same steps.
Karen Taylor - also known by some of our customers as 'Jam Jar Karen'..