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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
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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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

391 responses to “SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Social Couture”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. chic runner says:

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

  7. jeanilyne says:

    Hollywood Glam is my favorite
    jeanilynne at gmail dot com

  8. 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…’

  9. 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!

  10. Kelly says:

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

  11. Kristin says:

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!

  14. 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!

  15. Dixie says:

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

  16. Marilyn Wons says:

    My favorite party theme is “travel around the world” I have varied foods, and table settings. People have to choose where to sit and what to eat!

  17. jill says:

    maybe it’s because my fav food is sushi, but i would have to pick the “asian affair” party theme…so pretty!

    thanks for the fun giveaway!

  18. Lisette says:

    I like to use pretty glasses fill them half way up with rice and drop a votive candle in them. This way I do not have votive holders cluttering my cupboards but pretty glasses I can use everyday.

  19. lindsey says:

    My favorite budget tip is to have people bring there own adult beverages. Often this is a large part of any party budget and I find that people don’t find bringing this. That way they get exactly what they like. Also you can do a potluck type of event and ask everyone to contribute. My friends and family are always happy just to have an excuse to all get together and a place to hang out (with no clean up) that they don’t mind helping out.

    Thanks for the chance!

  20. Cassie says:

    I’m glad I found this blog…So fun!! My favorite theme is the “Retro Chic” theme. I love the colors!

  21. Carolyn G says:

    I think the Hawaii 5-0 theme is the coolest. I would love to have a party like this.

  22. angela c says:

    My favorite theme would be Hollywood glam.
    you can have a potluck dinner, make a party b.o.b,In the summer have a bbq it’s cheap you can just throw on some hamburgers and hotdogs and grab a couble bags off chips.

  23. Wendy says:

    My favorite party on a budget is color. You can decorate with almost anything if you have a color theme. I through a birthday party for a friend who’s favorite color was green, and I decorated the entire apartment with things that were green. I even found stuff on FreeCycle and Craigslist (green party trays, candles, etc). Even some of the food was green (naturally green). It looked lovely.

  24. Erin says:

    My favorite “entertaining on a budget” tip is to select one or two signature drinks for your party — that way you can serve cocktails without having to stock (or restock) your entire bar.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Ellie says:

    I love the Retro Chic theme!

  26. Stephanie C says:

    My budget tip is to have guests bring their favorite bottle of wine, open a few and store the rest in the wine fridge. Not buying the alcohol adds up and if a guest just has to bring one item like wine they usually will get a decent bottle.

    Also – using potted florals from around the house as centerpieces; orchids, bromeliads and even cactus can work well.

    LAST ONE – for your serving pieces buy ALL white piecesand it always looks pulled together. Throw in some fun linens (check out the scraps at the local fabric store) and you have your settings.

  27. Ashlie says:

    The way I throw a party on a budget is I use the resources around me. I love using things I can find outside as decorations such as sticks, flowers, pine cones, straw ect. Possiblities are endless. Also if guests ask if they can bring something take them up on the offer. Little things add up so if you make the main feature of the night and have the guests bring the rest you can throw a party that doesn’t take much of your time and doesn’t take much out of your wallet either.

  28. Val says:

    Hollywood Glam is my favorite… gotta love the feathers :)

  29. Joan says:

    My budget tip is to use the computer, printer, and gloss paper to make coordinating accessories for any party theme. If I use a fabric, paper, piece of art, or even a greeting card as inspiration, then I can scan the item and either enlarge or shrink the image for use on invitations, napkin rings, coasters, or, just about anything that will make a setting more coordinated. It allows me to use simpler serving pieces and still set a colorful, custom table.
    Social Couture has so many exciting themes, but, I think my favorite is the New Years Party. Black, silver, and plum are great together!

  30. Meghan says:

    My best budget tip is let everyone else bring the alcohol. I have a stocked bar but hate when it turns up dry after a party. i supply everything else and in the end everyone’s a winner

  31. Megan says:

    I am absolutely in love with the vintage baby shower theme and will def use it for my sisters shower!

  32. Stacie says:

    My favorite “entertaining on a budget” tip was presented on HWTM: Decorating with Scrapbook Paper. That is one of the cutest, easiest, and quickest ways to entertain on a budget. Many people have piles of that stuff lying around and if not, it’s just a craft store away (and often times on sale). So, thanks HWTM for the great tip !

  33. Courtney says:

    I love their “Girls’ Night Out” design! That layout is so perfect for a bachelorette party.

  34. Melissa says:

    Budget Tip: Have a backyard (or in my case, rooftop) BBQ. You supply the goods for grilling, the suds for sipping and the tunes. Your friends bring the sides of their choice. Then you all just have a great time!

    Fave Theme: Right now, Hawaii Five-O. The colors are so bright and happy! They make me forget it’s 20 degrees outside right now!

  35. Steph says:

    My favorite party theme design is Spring Fling.

  36. Hey there, my favourite theme is hands down “Black Vine” Sleek, Elegant and Sophisticated.. It works for every occasion.

    My favourite budget planning tip is also heading to the dollar store. Our local dollar store is by far the best place for my decor – no-one is ever the wiser!
    Another tip would be to prepare well in advance if possible – that way you can be prepared for deals and won’t get caught paying last minute “crunch fees”.

  37. Sara M says:

    Great giveaway! Instead of trying to stock a full bar, which is so expensive, I like to serve one or two ‘signature’ cocktails to match the theme or the season. Thank you!

  38. Patti S says:

    Budget Tip: Choose your menu based on seasonal foods. If you look for deals off supermarket circulars and revolve your dishes around deals you’ll save a ton of money.

  39. Chris Nease says:

    Funny, I was just “window shopping” this candelabra yesterday! My budget-friendly tip is to buy basic glass or basic white serving pieces. They go with any decor, any theme, any time of year. Also, shop discount stores like TJ Maxx & Marshalls; sales, of course; and the remnant section of fabric stores.

  40. Tere Given says:

    Preppy party is so me. I love the colors!