Creations, Burlap Ruffle Table Runner and Ball Jar Party Favors

For the recent “Cook Your App Off!” party we wanted to emphasize our beach theme with lots of decorative touches.

app party 1

Now, you are probably thinking, well, since the guests are bringing the food and their own drinks, these little lazy hostesses are just sitting around watching soaps and popping bon bons!

Not so! We wanted to treat the guests to a special evening since they were bringing the party to us! So we pumped up the decor

appetizer table

The table was adorned with 2 “place runners,” which is basically a table runner running down both sides of the table instead of place mats or a table cloth. DD’s table has a weathered wood finish which went so well with our beachy theme, so we found a graphic fabric in the theme turquoise color to make the runners.

burlap ruffled runner 1

The raw edges were turned over twice and machine stitched all the way around

burlap ruffle 2

A length of burlap ribbon, twice as long as the short ends of the finished runners, was gathered into ruffles

burlap ruffle

and stitched onto the fabric runners at both ends

shell embellished runner

and small sea shells were glued along the seam with clear hot glue

shell place runner

Now each side of the table was protected and ready to receive any shape platter or dish that the party guests brought.

appetizer table

The centerpiece was an arrangement of the ingredients that the guests were asked to use to make their dish


Down the table center were bowls of glass beads, sea glass and tiles that the guests used to vote for their favorite dish in each category~each dish has a clear plastic cup labeled with the recipe title.  Guests voted by putting the corresponding token into the cups by their favorite dishes.


There was plenty of fabric left over to make smaller runners for the other tables


Outside on the deck, all the tables got a little touch of the theme fabric


The lantern in the corner is full of shells

beverage server thepaintedapron,com

and another runner accents the beverage table


and there was even enough to put under the dessert tray.


TIP:   Under the galvanized tray, holding the Sand Dollar Desserts, are 3 frozen plastic rectangular ice packs.  This will keep the dessert cool and yummy all through the evening and the fabric hides them perfectly!

The dessert tray did double duty as not only dessert but, decor on the serving bar between the kitchen and the living room~no last minute serving fuss, it was ready anytime anyone wanted to help themselves!

sand dollar dessert

We had prizes for the top five, the 4 categories mentioned above, and the overall most popular in all categories, Best Chef of 2013


Prizes were wrapped in theme colored papers and sat ready for the lucky winners.

We shopped around and found some great foodie finds at Home Goods. They have all kinds of wonderful fancy foods at discount prices.  We found a Raspberry & Black Pepper BBQ sauce, White Truffle Oil, all kinds of gourmet chips and dips, seasonings etc.

The winner of the Tastiest category received a sack full of gourmet goodies.

Captain Obvious got a sack with gourmet chips and a dip, plus a bottle of Skinny Girl Margaritas.

The Best Presentation winner got a beautiful coffee table book, called Fearless Entertaining, which is full of beautiful photos, tablescapes and party recipes.

Most Original received a “palm tree and flip flop” painted chip and dip  from  JMdesigns.

The grand prize winner, Best Chef 2013,  got 2 wine glasses painted with chefs, a bottle of red wine, and a bottle of white truffle oil, and a chef’s hat of course!

party favors

We wanted to give all the guests a little party favor, to thank them for their culinary efforts

burlap wrapped jar

I picked up some Ball jars when they were on 50% off sale last month at Hobby Lobby for $1 each.


They got “dressed up” with a band of chevron burlap ribbon {the same ribbon used on the party wreath}.  It was secured with glue dots and wrapped with a belt of jute.

chevron burlap jar

a single shell was hot glued to the center


The bottom of the jars were filled with some white beans


and a colored votive candle was nestled into beans.

party favors

The jars sat on a tray with a sign which said Favors, please take one!

burlap beverage server

The beverage server, which is a large Ball jar,  was dressed to match the party favors with a chevron burlap band and it sat on a shell edged charger.

I don’t know who had more fun, DD & I or the guests, but I can tell you that everyone is already talking about next year!

Whew! It has been a busy 5 days, and you’ll be relieved to hear that now the Cook your App off party is officially over!  I will however, be back to post more of the winning recipes when I finish rounding them up~

Thanks so much for partying with me this week!


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15 Responses to “Creations, Burlap Ruffle Table Runner and Ball Jar Party Favors”
  1. What a great BYOG (Bring Your Own Grub) party!!! Man…everybody really went all out with the food choices!!! I’ve not yet eaten breakfast this morning, and this is really getting the ol’ tummy growling!!!

    You did a terrific job on the runners! What a pain it must have been to sew that burlap on!!! I just can’t even begin to imagine! But the end result is terrific!

    FUN prize categories!!! And the beverage server dressed up to match the favors…what a great idea!!!

  2. Home Seasons says:

    Love all the decorations! The party favors look so fun!

  3. laurie says:

    This looks like so much fun! I love the turquoise, and I love that burlap ruffle on the runners. What a great idea to use the beach glass for scoring the dishes, and the ice packs are an idea I definitely need to remember. Your favors turned out so cute! Now I’m going to have go back and read about that dessert. laurie

  4. I like the addition of the shells on the runner. Beautiful! Wonderful post, Jenna!

  5. I am loving all of this, Jenna! The perfect decor for the party — and those favors are so cute!

  6. I am loving all of this, Jenna! The decor is perfect and those favors are so cute!!

  7. Mary says:

    Jenna~ What a FUN party! I love all your attention to detail, I want to be invited for the favor jars and prizes next year…such a clever way of voting too! I always check out the gourmet food aisle at HomeGoods~ they have such great stuff for the money and you never know what you’ll run across. I love your chevron and burlap runner with the shells~ perfect for the table and your theme! Your ice substitute pack is a wonderful idea for keeping things cold! I’m going to use that for a shower in September 🙂

  8. Ann K says:

    Your party looks fabulous!! Great job on the runners and the mason jars. Cute projects for a great theme! Some great ideas I will have to remember for the future.

  9. Ann says:

    I think your runner is adorable and those little shells are the perfect touch. I saw that chevron ribbon at Hobby Lobby and almost bought it! I may have to go back now and get it. Very fun post!

  10. Therena says:

    I LOVE the ruffled burlap runner! It looks great!

  11. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    What a fabulous idea for a party. Everything coordinates so well. Love the jars, that is very creative as favors and the runners are amazing. Great combination. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. Caroline Kinsbourne says:

    I just came across this and LOVE it all! I’m so happy to have found you! A question: What is the container you used for utensils and napkins?! The ones I have are standard and in reality, much too small. This looks like a great size! Where did you find it? Many thanks!

    • hi Caroline, the utensil holder is my daughter’s and she got it from Target last summer~ we are doing the third annual Cook Your App Off party in August, so stay tuned!

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