In a recent fridge-cleaning frenzy, I discovered many expired food products that needed to be thrown away. As I lined up old condiments, leftovers in tupperware, jam, and more on the kitchen counter, it suddenly struck me that many of these items were stored in perfectly good glass containers. Remembering an inspiring article by Anna Watson Carol (blogger at The Yellow Table), I decided to recycle these beauties for the purposes of dinner party decor: little containers for tiny bouquets!
After scooping out the old food and rinsing the containers, the hardest part in the recycling process turned out to be removing the labels thoroughly. I did some extensive Google-searching to find the most successful method: soaking the bottles in a sink filled with soapy, warm water. After a while, the labels disintegrate and should easily peel off. Any leftover residue can be removed by slathering on peanut butter (?) and then rinsing well.
The containers I saved included a former hot sauce bottle, a salad dressing bottle, jam jars, and a mustard container. We had a couple over for Mexican a few nights later, so I was able to try out the presentation pretty quickly. (I also decorated this way for Easter lunch on Sunday!) I bought some ordinary flowers from the store, chopped everything up into mini bouquets, and strewed the arrangements all over our apartment. The flowers were on the bar by the appetizers, in the bathroom, on the dining table, and in the sitting area. It felt like a garden indoors! As an added bonus, the bouquets actually lasted longer than most larger arrangements we have bought. We will definitely incorporate this decor into our dinner parties from now on!