Party Planning Inspiration & Win With Consol Glass!

In exactly two months, Ava-Grace will be 3 years old and as with the previous 2 years, party planning is in full swing. Initially I wanted to have her party at home this year. Now that we have a large garden with plenty of space for a jumping castle and a water slide, but Walter was not convinced and was adamant that he wanted her party at a party venue so that we wouldn’t get saddled with the big clean up afterwards.

I will admit that I was rather disappointed as I’d spent quite a lot of time online looking at party decor idea’s and got this unrealistic notion that I had become all Martha Stewarty and had planned to create all the party decor myself! But after Walter’s demand for a party venue, I realized that I’ve never been very good at “getting crafty”, those two words do not sit well with me and actually make me feel rather uncomfortable so no doubt the move to a party venue is probably the best one.

But I did come across some great party decor idea’s and it would be a waste not to share them with you because they are just too gorgeous!

Sweets in glass 2


Passion Fruit 2


While searching for party decor idea’s, I came across A Glass Inspiration: A Consol Creation. Which is a digital magazine literally filled with the most beautiful glass idea’s, from home decor to party & wedding planning, A Glass Inspiration is simply a feast for the eyes and gave me so many great idea’s!
Glass Inspirations

After reading the online publication, I went in search of Consol Glass’s Face Book page which is filled with such beautiful idea’s that it has got me once again believing that somewhere inside of me lurks my own version of Martha Stewart and I can’t wait to try out some of these idea’s.

There is also a Glass Inspiration: Arts & Crafts publication too with so many great idea’s that you’ll all be left believing that you’re Martha Steward too.



Don’t believe me?

Check out the online publications, come back here and tell me which image/idea you’d like to try and you could be the lucky winner of a R500 Consol Glass Hamper!

The winner will be drawn using on Friday, 19th October. For additional entries, share on Twitter adding @SharonVW or on Face Book via The Blessed  Barrenness’s Face Book page. 








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  • Reply Joni

    Oooh the red velvet in a jar…… I also love their solar jars… Am hoping to get to the Consol shop in Woodmead to buy a couple reckon they’d be awesome for summer braais. I also use various glass bottles for vases, my nieces love picking flowers for all my jars!

    Love the kids party ideas Shaz!

    October 14, 2012 at 9:33 am
    • Reply Joni

      PS did all the extra entry stuff as well!

      October 14, 2012 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Lee-Ann

    Any cake in a jar! Or cookie/cake mixes in a jar! Consol jars are the perfect things to package any gift!

    October 14, 2012 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Beth

    Love the solar jar!

    Actually I love all things glass.

    October 14, 2012 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Tracy

    I love Consol’s Solar Jar and the lights in glass jar ideas. I really want to try the herbs in little glass bottles – that looks so cool for the kitchen.

    October 14, 2012 at 10:12 am
  • Reply carryn

    I would love to try the jelly beans in the round vase idea – very striking and colourful for a party!

    October 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Taryn

    I LOVE the idea of using an old music sheet wrapped around a jar. I have been collecting glass jars for a while now … and feel so inspired now to do something creative with them. Thanks for this!

    October 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Taryn

    tweeted 🙂

    October 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Taryn

    shared on FB 🙂

    October 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Kate

    Have the solar jars, they are so so cool Put some cellophane paper in a get lovely pink or yellow etc glow

    October 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Kate

    Shared on FB

    October 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Imrah

    I would love to make the cupcakes or breakfast in a jar. I also think that the solar jar is magnificent.

    October 15, 2012 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Heidi Roux

    LOVE everything in glass! The solar Jars are just SOOO cool!

    October 15, 2012 at 8:36 am
  • Reply nat

    I love the lace covered jars! The consol solar jars are pretty awesome too

    October 15, 2012 at 8:59 am
    • Reply nat

      Tweeted also 🙂

      October 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Verity King

    LOVE the cupcakes in a jar! Definietly going to try that for my daughters party next month!

    October 15, 2012 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Lisa-Marie

    Loooove those colours!!! Really beautiful!
    I have to agree with Walter, BUT, being the control freak that I am, I think it will be a WHILE before I have a party for Isabella away from home…

    October 15, 2012 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Marilize

    Oh wow – what a great e-book! By a long way my favourite is the floating flower long chandelier wedding table setting – so striking and elegant at the same time!

    Thank you for a chance to win 🙂

    October 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Yogana Reddy

    Just loving the solar jars! Lovely for a garden party.

    Tweeted also 🙂

    October 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply JulieB

    Glass containers make me *drool* – can’t help it. My most likely try would be the breakfast-in-a-jar (granola with custard and/or yoghurt & berries) because I can easily see myself eating that here at my desk at work. The next trick would be how to chew granola quietly…. 🙂

    October 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Charlotte the Stiletto Mum

    Love the Solar Jar.

    October 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Laura

    The Romance of Glass section caught my eye because we are using glass bottles for wedding decor – I have family and bridesmaids collecting glass bottles 🙂 We want to put them all over with candles and flowers in!!

    October 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply kristi fraser

    i adore the idea of filling the jars with string lights, i think it looks just magical, i have already downloaded my book from console, i cant get enough of it, i love glass and its sustainability. would just go nuts with this hamper ,o)

    October 16, 2012 at 3:45 am
  • Reply Pam Symons

    I love the idea of grouping clear glass bottles with candles in as a centre piece on the table for a dinner party…Wow that looks beautiful, I also Love the idea of grouping different size and style glasses with flowers in as Franz Grabe did..I just love that and cant wait to try these out…its endless what you can do with Glass!!

    October 16, 2012 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Rehana Seedat

    Love the cupcakes in a Jar. Would love to try that out for a party. Have shared to facebook and tweeted @SharonVW with link to giveaway. Twittername:online61524

    October 16, 2012 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Shayne

    I do love Consol and all their divine ideas!

    Thanks for the chance to win x

    October 17, 2012 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Andrea

    Has to be Red Velvet in the jar, I have tried this myself and it was a huge hit! <3

    October 17, 2012 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Cassie

    Tweeted, liked, shared and now commented 🙂 I love the sweets in the jar with the blackboard paint to label it – in fact I think I need to start doing this around the kitchen to make my life easier and it looks so pretty!

    October 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Carmen

    Absolutely love the solar jars!

    October 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Adele va

    Such lovely inspiration! I love the wall they had with the herb plants growing. So cleaver. Think i should try that out! Tweeted about giveaway.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply farzana

    Strings of jars with fairy lights.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Meg

    I love the plant in a glass, with the sand, but also really keen to try and make my own liqueurs as Christmas gifts this year – in custom decorated glass bottles! Keeping my fingers crossed for the comp.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply coty itzikovitz

    I love the glass ones – the drinking ones and I would put purple juice and barney labels with my sons picture and birthday for the children to drink – his birthday is in december, in addition I would fill the jars jars with lots of green and purple smarties and wrap them to give to the children to take home as birthdays are celebration days especially with our struggle to have our precious son.

    October 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply genevieve

    There are so many great ideas,
    I like the idea of serving juice in the long (what looks like) a 250ml juice
    Also the idea of putting certain colour jelly beans in a jar!
    There are so many lovely idea’s –

    October 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Lovely Light

    The tea light lanterns are gorgeous~!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Lovely Light

    I Tweeted (@LovelyLight1) and posted on FB!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Nichola

    Love the “herb garden” idea, i stay in a flat, so i do not have a garden, this is much more creative than your window box herb garden.
    Also love the solar glass jars, saw them in a restaurant, filled with pebbles and plastic plants, it looked stunning, and it creates a great mood and atmosphere.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Elize

    Love the breakfasts in a jar and the solar jar! Hope I’m in time.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Jenna Richards

    Ah, just love the candles in the consol jars! Must do this!!

    October 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Marianne

    Solar Consol jars are my best! A jar filled with sunlight, style and soul!

    October 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm
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