08 Jan


red dinner party giveaway

Winner Update 1/14: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I can’t believe how many fantastic budget tips were posted in the comments… great stuff!! And the randomly selected winner is:

Commenter # 251 – Melissa F., who said: “My budget tip would be to purchase one really nice serving piece that you could use more than once for many different occasions. I have one dish that I used for spinach salad with strawberries and then again for favors at a baby shower and My fave theme would be Hollywood Glam I LOVE Sparkle and color!!”

Congrats, Melissa!


I’m super excited to kick off the 2009 Surprise Giveaways today with a fabulous “RED” themed dinner party set from the always-stylish Social Couture!

This set features an ultra-modern Red Acrylic Candelabra (as seen here in the current issue of People Style Watch), 2 translucent Red Fishbowl Vases, and 4 shimmery Flake Red Napkin Rings….all perfectly hued for a chic Valentine’s Day dinner – or anytime get-together with friends! ($100 retail value)


Post a comment here telling us your favorite “entertaining on a budget” tip – OR your favorite party theme design from SocialCouture.com.
Giveaway ends Monday, January 12th at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced here on Tuesday, January 13th. Good luck, everyone!!

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Jill SAYS:

All of the party themes are great – it’s so hard to choose one! I’d have to say “Black Vine” though. totally my style!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 11:38 am

Susan SAYS:

Budget tip: make the party a potluck and have each of your closest friends bring a dish. This makes life easier on everyone and gives each person the chance to still “show off” their very favorite specialty dish.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 11:40 am

laurie SAYS:

I’d LOVE to win this! Perfect timing with Valentine’s Day coming up. I’m single but I’m sure my girlfriends would enjoy a dinner party too!

I pick Red Dinner Party and Asian Affair as my favorites!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 11:41 am

sandy SAYS:

Dont sweat the small stuff and enjoy the guests…do what you can do ahead of time and get help from friends tossing and checking trays

Reply January 8, 2009 at 11:48 am

Erin SAYS:

I have started planning things around our “signature style” of black damask. That way I have a base of black and white that says “you are partying at erin’s house” while buying small colored items to change theme for anything you are hosting. always having a stash helps for impromptu gatherings as well.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 11:52 am

chic runner SAYS:

I LOVE the black vine set. Super cute. :) Plus that candeabra is to die for

Reply January 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

jeanilyne SAYS:

Hollywood Glam is my favorite
jeanilynne at gmail dot com

Reply January 8, 2009 at 11:56 am

jennifer ramos SAYS:

My favorite ENTERTAINING on a budget would be having a POTLUCK..where everyone gets to bring a dish to share with others. That way you get to try out a variety of food styles etc… : )

Jen Ramos
‘Cards & Prints You’ll Love…’

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Sarah :: Wedding Hub Event Planning SAYS:

My favorite budget friendly AND eco friendly tip is to simply REUSE. I’ve seen couples who have had a dessert bar at their wedding reception and reuse the apothecary jars to put Christmas ornaments in for a holiday party. No reason to keep that stuff stored up in a closet never again to see the light of day!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Kelly SAYS:

I love the Girls Night Out theme. It’s so fun!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Kristin SAYS:

My favorite budget tip for those of you liking floral center pieces is to …. “borrow” flowers from neighbors gardens.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Lindsay SAYS:

When I’m entertaining in Florida at my parent’s house I love creeping around their yard and snipping fresh greenery and flowers for simple centerpieces that look “garden fresh”. I use old mason jars and pluck some Bougainvillea ferns and voila!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Kate SAYS:

My budget tip has always been to have people bring a side dish to our parties. I provide the main dish and ask them to bring something to accompany that. It makes them feel involved and saves me a ton of money!!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm

erin g SAYS:

Favorite Theme: Little Bohemian (sooo cute)

Budget Tip: Stock up on fancy printed paper napkins when you can find them on sale… I get most of mine from Ikea…they never fail to dress up my white dishes!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Dixie SAYS:

I like the Girl’s Night Out theme-very cute.
My budget-friendly tip-why BYOB ofcourse!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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