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!

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.

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!

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

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.

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

January 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

jeanilyne SAYS:

Hollywood Glam is my favorite
jeanilynne at gmail dot com

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…’

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!

January 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Kelly SAYS:

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

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.

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!

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!!

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!

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!

January 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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.

January 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Cassie SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm
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