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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!

  41. Shelley K says:

    My favorite party theme is the Hawaii Five O. What a GREAT web site. I am definitely going to bookmark this one as we are planning a big party this year and instead of hiring a party planner we can do this ourselves.

    Thanks for a great giveaway (and referral!!)

  42. Whitney says:

    love the “asian affair” party theme! orange is totally my favorite these days.

  43. Raspberry Light Bulb says:

    For my daughter’s 12th birthday I decide to throw her a luau. I wanted it to be really impressive because it was her first b-day party in a new city. However I was on almost non-existent budget. Yet I still have people talking about the “great” display that was on the main table. I did it for practically nothing. I went to a local dollar store and bought all the the supplies. I covered the table in a plastic sea-blue table cloth and poured a big, solid circle of sand in the center. I then added lots pale orange votive holders with a white hibiscus print on top of the sand. I used cheap tea lights for the holders and added shells to the sand. I then lit all the candles and added various accents around the rest of the room. It turned out great and I was out less than $10 bucks for the whole thing!

  44. Sandy S says:

    Planning a baby shower for my daughter, I needed to find vases for the centerpieces (that were affordable) I bought ceramic tissue holders for $2.50 a piece that when turned upside down will hold an arrangement of artificiial flowers. I got the look of a chunky vase at a price I could afford . I also use 3 pieces of glass and 3 martini glasses to create a 3 tiered plate for desserts. I always like to think outside of the box when doing a party …

  45. adrienne Gordon says:

    the black vine set rules!

  46. Heather Jordan says:

    I just purchased the black vine set for a friend’s birthday and I LOVE IT!

  47. mirabelle says:

    I never can resist a Mexican fiesta AND I see I could use the red candlelabra for my next fiesta!

  48. Janine says:

    my favorite entertaining on a budget tip…. BYOB (bring your own beverage). It saves a lot of money and people can bring something that suits their own taste while enjoying your party decorations and treats. The decorations and food will be even better because you had more money to splurge on them instead of drinks! ;)

  49. Bethany Morford says:

    I absolutely love the Valentines theme! So beautiful!

  50. Brittany says:

    I know it is cheesy to pick the one involved in the giveaway, but I LOVE the Red Dinner Party theme. The Asian Affair theme is a close second.

  51. Wendy Wallach says:

    I liked the ” Girls Night Out: items.

    madmerkf at aol dot com

  52. Mandy says:

    My favorite budget tip for entertaining is very basic…streamers! The rolls of streamers that you buy at a party store or even the party aisle in the grocery store for less than a dollar come in soo many great colors! I pick out my party colors in the streamers and hang them from the ceiling to the floor in the entry way. The streamer curtain is an excellent background for pictures and sets the “party mood” in the house! A red and black streamer curtain would look very romantic with these adorable accessories for valentine’s day!

  53. Tara says:

    WOW…I am obsessed with the Black Vine table setting!!!! I will definitely be ordering from this site, what a great idea.

    I would love to win this prize! I have dreams about a beautiful table setting but have never had time to really put a great one together.

  54. Rachel says:

    I love the Asain Affair theme. It is so pretty!!!! I also love the Vintage baby shower. Such a cute setup!!

  55. Ivy says:

    I love love love the red theme! I also love the preppy party, little bohemian children’s party, retro baby shower, and the new year’s eve theme!

  56. Melissa says:

    Red Dinner Party is my favorite! I used a similar color scheme for my wedding. An entertaining on a budget tip that I would recommend would be instead of having to worry about spending tons on an entire dinner menu (if this is an event for close friends) have an hors d’ouvre & champagne or dessert and cocktail party instead.

  57. Suzie says:

    I’d say the kids “Princess Party” theme is my favorite. I’ve secretly wanted one of those kinds of parties all my life.

  58. I have always dreamt of having a mexican themed party, and so I found the “Mexican Fiesta” the most inspiring! I noticed the red candelabra made an appearance in the Mexican setting too – its so stylish and versatile!

  59. Shauna says:

    When I’m entertaining on a budget, I use colorful 12×12 scrapbook paper as my centerpieces under a clear vase filled with water and 1 or 2 carnations. Its simple, classy, pretty, and carnations give off a wonderful scent!

  60. Kristina R says:

    Fav themes – Retro Chic and Preppy Party

    Fav budget tips – Potluck recipe exchange (host makes main course, guest bring dishes and extra copies of the recipe) and restaurant supply stores for supplies

  61. Joanna says:

    Hawaii Five-o for sure!

  62. Tracey Byram says:

    I like the Hollywood Glam for adults and the Bohemian theme for children.

  63. Dawn says:

    All of their parties are fab, but the Girls’ Night Out package is my absolute favorite. I’ve been inspired to create parties based on several of the elements; I have the zebra coasters, dessert plates and the disco balls. I love to purchase multi-purpose items like these. They really get you to flex your creative muscle.

  64. Danielle says:

    My entertaining on a budget tip is one I’ve learned from this website.
    Take a stroll done the scrapbooking aisle… you can use the inexpensive paper for so many things… ceterpieces, placemats, napkin holders, runners….

  65. Ashley says:

    Oh definitely – the Asian Affair is hands down my fave theme they have!!! I’m always drawn to asian decor and this one rocks!


    Black vine, definitely

  67. Diana H. says:

    My entertaining on a budget tip is to always check out your local $1 bins at Target and 99 Cent stores. If you’re looking for a decoration in a specific style or color that you may not use again this is a cheap way to add to your overall look for an event without breaking the budget.

  68. chelsea a says:

    I love their opening picture on the home page of the site. So pretty!

    My fave cheap tip is PRESENTATION. who cares if what you threw together for food isnt’ very special. If you put it on a beautiful service platter and lay it out nicely (uniformly spaced) it will look fabulous. Another one: No napkin rings/frogs? Use a length of wide satin ribbon to tie a bow around your napkins. If you’re not sure of placement of silverware, make it simple by tucking it inside the napkin, buffet style. Even if you put it on an already set table, it will look gorgeous. Repurpose everything around your house, inside and out.

  69. joni chadwell says:

    I ususally go with a pot luck theme and have everyone bring a copy of their recipe

  70. Winnie says:

    I love the “Girls Night Out” party theme – would be great for a bachelorette party!

  71. Favorite Budget Tip: Make your own decorations: centerpieces, placecards, etc. There are tons of patterns and designs online that are easy to recreate at a minimal cost.

  72. Denise says:

    I save coupons and that’s about it. I don’t entertain very often.

  73. MARILOUISE says:

    I love the Mexican fiesta. It would sure make taco night at home a real party.

  74. says:

    asian affair and black vine. could not pick one… a lot of a close calls though.. they are great!

  75. Courtney says:

    I’ve always loved the “red dinner party” theme…that candleabra is to die for! But my other favorite budget tip is to use scrapbook paper liberally…down the middle of the table as a runner….under plates instead of placemats…cut up for personalized napkin rings…wrapped around clear glass vases. It’s such a cheap way to carry a theme!

  76. julie g says:

    I love the black vine:0) Very Chic!

  77. Rhi says:

    I love the Preppy Party theme. SO cute!

  78. Izzy says:

    I love the retro baby shower! It’s adorable and I want to use it for any party-not just a baby shower!

  79. Jen H. says:

    Always loved the the Hollywood Glam theme. It’s sparkly and beautiful!

  80. Margaret Smith says:

    I love the Black Vine theme for a great adult party. I also love the Monkey See theme, which would be great for my kids.
    I adore this modern red dinner set. I’d really love to set a beautiful romantic table for my husband with this set. So beautiful!
    Thanks so much for this giveaway.

  81. April T. says:

    My favorite budget tip is to just use items that you already have, buy one great item that pulls the party together, and then add to it with inexpensive handmade details like pom poms.

  82. Tracy says:

    Asian Affair is my fave. The orange and green colors used together are really showy.

  83. Liz says:

    I love this V-day set!! So chic and clean, yet totally romantic!
    Budget tip for entertaining?? THEMED POTLUCK – ask your close friends to bring dishes that fit into your themed menu… italian, fingerfoods, whatever! That way you save money on feeding the crowd, and you can splurge on things like the FABULOUS candelabra from Social Couture!!

  84. Katie says:

    oooh I am bookmarking that site!!! I loved the hot pink & zebra of the Girls Night Out theme :)

  85. ashley says:

    i LOVE Retro Chic…the colors & prints are wonderful!!

  86. Erin says:

    My favorite is the breast cancer awareness party. I was looking for stuff like this for my friend who is almost cancer free and we were going to throw a good-bye cancer party!

  87. Kelli says:

    I always like color themes so (this would be a great giveaway) but I typically run through the entire house looking for anything and everything in that color and then try to make some kind of center piece thats unique and interesting without being trashy

  88. Greta P. says:

    I love the Halloween – Frightful Night theme, but maybe it’s because I bought a bunch of Halloween decor after the season for a party I want to throw next year!

  89. susan varney says:

    i like the girls night out party

  90. Carol says:

    I use mother nature for center pieces during holidays and parties. I have small basket and put pine cones in it with color christmas balls as an example.

  91. Kelly says:

    Love the Asian Affair party! The bright orange and green color palette is fantastic!

    I also have a Friends Thanksgiving every year and everyone brings a dish to create the entire meal. Saves on the total cost and is fun to have everyone participate in the cooking.

  92. donna R. says:

    Our group has “Progressive” suppers where one course is served at a house and then everyone moves on to another house for the next course. It’s lots of fun!

  93. Rachel S. says:

    My favorite budget tip: Use a couple of vases of varying heights and fill with fruit for a modern and colorful centerpiece! And when you’re done, hopefully you’ll eat the fruit. Tasty and pretty all in one!

  94. Audie says:

    My faves are Winter Wonderland and Red Dinner Party! They’re so much fun!

  95. jen says:

    BYOB is always a good budget tip (and buying beer/wine is the least fun part of throwing a party anyway!)

    i LOVE winter wonderland, halloween, new years eve and MEXICAN FIESTA!

    hope i win!

  96. karen says:

    i love the spring fling party. so fresh!

  97. Cadence says:

    I just love the Black vine party especially with the green moss accents. Have been wanting to get some black and white plates. At halloween, I did all black and white instead of traditional orange. It was gorgeous!

  98. Jan says:

    i would rather have amazing food than glamorous decor, of course both is ideal, but on a budget always err on the side of food

  99. jean says:

    I love having people over during the summer for a BBQ. As a way to keep the costs down I ask each guest to bring either a side dish or a dessert. It is amazing how creative people are when they only have to bring one thing. I’ve gotten some great recipes this way and we always have a good time.

  100. Nikki says:

    Black Vine is my favorite, so chic and polished, but I also love all of the baby shower ideas!

  101. denyse says:

    The Girl’s Night out Theme looks fun.
    I always try to buy party supplies on clearance.

  102. don’t be afraid to host a pot luck dinner or be part of a progressive dinner. doing this can help cut your entertainment budget

  103. Jennifer S. says:

    I think I won just reading everyone’s tips.
    My favorite SC party theme is the Little Bohemian girl (child) party theme. Adorable. I might try to pull some of that off for my daughter’s birthday in May.
    Thank you!

  104. Nic says:

    I am so glad I stumbled across this site when I googled ‘fairy party’ and HWTM popped up. ADORABLE by the way! Your bday fairy is so CUTE!

    I liove the asian affair- simple and chic!

  105. Lindsey says:

    My favorite party theme on the Social Couture Website is the Mexican Fiesta Theme :)

  106. Melinda says:

    My money saving tip for parties would be going to the dollar store for small things…they have great party bowls and decorative napkins and cupcake liners…saves a lot of money, but still cute!

  107. Kathy D says:

    Budget tip: have a chili or soup summper . You make the chili and pot luck the sides chips, soda, cheese, sour cream and corn bread……

  108. Kacy says:

    LOVE the Black Vine Theme :)

  109. Jackie says:

    Since I have to pick one….which is really hard. Being surrounded by AKA sorority sisters, I have to say the preppy party is my favorite. My friends would love that the colors match that of the sorority.

  110. sarah c says:

    I pick red dinner party, I’m getting married and our colors are red and green, so I am a little obsessed!

    Best party host tip: Black tablecloth with a very simple yet BOLD flowers from the farmers market spruce everything up and make things really come together. Add brightly colored accessories (like napkin rings, napkins, drink charms.) to pull it all together.

  111. India says:

    Host a holiday party between Christmas and New Years, when you can buy holiday goodies on sale. For example, purchase those mini candy canes to hang on the side of peppermint martinis!

    You can also find very cheap glassware at places such as Crate and Barrel. For my New Year’s party, we were able to buy champagne flutes for 3.95 each! That’s shockingly not much more than those cheapy plastic ones at the grocery store, plus the look great and if one breaks you won’t feel much of a loss!

  112. Dana says:

    My friend was planning a classy bachelorette party for her friend and I pointed her to toward the “Girl’s Night Out” theme as inspiration. Her party was a hit. Most girls’ night out themes can be find of cheesy. I love this one!

  113. Sherry Gibbs says:

    i love the vintage baby shower theme. The little babies are precious!!

  114. Beth Mancuso says:

    I like planning far enough ahead to have time to shop Ebay and thrift stores. Some of the oldest, oddest things can make really fabulous decorations.

  115. Michelle says:

    I love the black vine party theme. It makes for an elegant, but fun dinner!

  116. Steve Scott says:

    Make it a pot luck.

  117. Shilo Beedy says:

    I love the Asian affair theme and the Hollywood Glam.

  118. Angela S says:

    my entertaining on a budget is to have a appetizer tasting party, where every couple has to bring a dish to pass!

  119. kelly Hedberg says:

    dinner party on a buget i think i have finally found the answer.I either ask all guest to bring a dish and i supply the meat. I also use crock pots a lot when company comes.

  120. christopher h says:

    really like the hollywood glam design

  121. Mimi says:

    Send out e-vites for smaller, less fancier events. Have an italian style dinner with pasta, bread, and soup. Its not expensive and it fills you up. I love the idea of scrapbook paper for decorating the table setting. Also, have friends and family pitch in. Game night? bring your favorite game. Big Party? Bring your favorite bottle of alcohol. a little goes a long way :)

  122. Sarah Moske says:

    I Love, Love, Love the “Preppy Party”. Those are my signature colors!!

  123. Linda Chaput says:

    The Asian Affair Party theme for me.

  124. Emily says:

    I love the Asian Affair set. Ever since I was little I’ve loved anything asian. It’s just so cute. And of course, I love the modernred set too. It would match my kitchen really nicely.

  125. Ashley says:

    My best budget tips are to plan ahead (and watch for sales) and to never purchase something that can’t be reused.

    I have to say that I am in love with the Red Dinner Party and Little Bohemian themes. The LB is so adorable that I almost wish I had a child. …And how much fun is the red candelabra!

  126. Emily says:

    I really love the Asian Affair set, it’s really cute. Ever since I was little I’ve loved anything asian. And of course, I love the ModernRed set. It would match my kitchen very nicely.

  127. I love the 4th of July theme! I can’t get over the napkin rings! So cute!

  128. I LOVE Thanksgiving Harvest.

  129. Mindy says:

    My favorite entertaining on a budget tip was inspired by your site. I search around the house for items with simple shapes (trivets, small boxes, etc.), carefully wrap them in scrapbook paper, and use them as make-shift stands to add a little bit of height to various elements on the table.

  130. Brittany says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Valentine’s Day party set- the one featured on this site- it’s so romantic! *swoon!* I love the Vintage Baby shower set too….so adorable…

  131. Maree says:

    I love the look of the Asian Affair. Wonderful colors for the eyes.

  132. Leah says:

    Creating a themed pot luck is a great way to get friends together without spending too much. Like a dessert party, or a favorite recipe party.

  133. Oooh I love the Preppy Party, Winter Wonderland, and Halloween!

  134. Leann S says:

    I like the Halloween theme. My favorite holiday.

  135. sito says:

    I love the retro-chic theme. For budget entertaining, I make turkey stir-fry. I buy turkeys when they’re on sale at the holidays and have the butcher cut them in half. Then I have plenty of meat and add frozen vegetables from my garden and/or seasonal vegetables and rice. It’s fairly economical.

  136. Trinh says:

    The Asian theme is so fun and festive…not your typical red and black decor. Tip for entertaining on a budget: If you use candles that are in glass holders (once the candle will no longer burn), clean it out and reuse it as a vase.

  137. Anna H. says:

    I really like the Thanksgiving Harvest. It’s so natural and so simple…. So me.

  138. Angela says:

    My perfect holiday is Halloween. And the table design shown is so interactive with the specimen jars that could be premixed cocktails that the guest could pour over skull and bones shaped ice cubes that would inside their martini glasses.

    I also love that the napkins are tied like bones!

  139. Andrea says:

    I love decorating with colored water. I use food coloring to get different shades that complement my decor. My favorite was for a peacock themed party- I had all sorts of shades of green, blue and teal…

  140. Tara says:

    I am all about the “Girls Night Out”! There is a group of us gals that get together a few times a year, just to be girls, hang out and have fun! Sometimes we get a little crazy with the martini’s flowing, but I love the feminine pink with the zebra – that’s what we are all about a little bit girly with a wild side!!! Love it!

  141. lizzie says:

    They’re so pretty! My favorite party theme(s) would be an Asian Affair and Winter Wonderland, so beautiful!

  142. Alex says:

    I love the Valentine theme!

    My tip for entertaining on a budget is buying decorations at the dollar store. You can usually find any colour paper napkins, and cute plastic or paper cups (if it’s going to be a larger gathering).

    For Christmas I bought some inexpensive christmas balls and put them in a vase and scattered them on tables. Instantly festive!

  143. Teresa says:

    Black Vine set is awesome, I would love to win.

  144. Karin C. says:

    I love the Black Vine Set, even though red is my favorite color. , so I would love to win this one, and buy that one!

  145. Lorena says:

    I LOVE the Girls Night Out…love hot pink and zebra!!


  146. Deborah R says:

    My favorite party theme from Social Couture is the Preppy Party.

  147. Cathie says:

    There are so many and they are all so good. I guess my favorite right now would be the Patriotic Party. Make it an elegant barbecue or picnic

  148. Jean F says:

    I like the Girls Night Out theme

  149. Lisa W. says:

    My entertaining on a budget is TARGET. I love to go and get awesome deals the day after xmas sale and FREE stuff. Xmas bulbs are great to use in floral vases to add color or spread around a table. The FREE stuff are great 3D frames that are 36×24. They were used for their displays. I used it for a “New Year ” banner. The other great freebie was a 2 xmas present boxes that was 3ft. tall. I’m going to use it for `a great centerpiece on a xmas buffet table. Can’t wait!

  150. Sylvia Belle says:

    The red theme is great. I would have to have a Valentines Day party.

  151. Geri Wolf says:

    TIP: Make sure all elements of your party has multiple purposes.

    I look at food presentation as part of the decor, entertainment and nourishment. i.e. a square vase of wheat grass with fruit skewers stuck in it works as a great centerpiece. The fruit skewers look like fresh flowers growing in the fields.

    Presenting food nicely makes it look like you spent a lot on rather inexpensive hors doeuvres. It also acts as a nice ice breaker for guests who don’t know each other all that well.

  152. Michelle Shaw says:

    I love the girls night out set

  153. Patti Sherman says:

    I like the Hollywood Glam as I am a glitz person!

  154. Linda Lansford says:

    Thanksgiving Harvest is my choice

  155. Casie says:

    My favorite party theme is the Mexican Fiesta!

  156. Shellie Seering says:

    Our friends always do a potluck get together. The reason to party is to be together, not to “break the bank” entertaining.

  157. Kate says:

    My favorite budget friendly entertaining idea is to not be afraid to say “yes!” when people ask if they can bring something.

    If someone offers to bring something, i ask them to bring a bottle of wine – it’s easy and an extra bottle of wine never goes to waste!

  158. Melissa says:

    My fave is the Preppy Party theme! I would to win the red candelabra! It will be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  159. Christy says:

    I love An Asian Affair. But, I would love to win the modern red.

  160. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I really like the “Hollywood Glam” party theme. Thank you!

  161. LaRae Davenport says:

    My favorite theme is hollywood glam! It’s inviting, cozy, and dreamy with an ethereal feel. It would be a wonderful “girls night IN” option. If you’re striving for a relaxing, soothing evening–this would be fabulous!

  162. Sara says:

    My favorite has to be the Retro Chic party. I love the bright colors!

  163. Jill says:

    i love the red party theme a LOT! i think i might need to repaint my dining room area so this would match better! i also really love preppy party, outdoor party, can’t wait!

  164. tracy davis says:

    My favorite ENTERTAINING on a budget would be having a POTLUCK..

  165. Shaunna says:

    I love love love the Hawaii Five-O! The bright colors are so cheery. It makes me look forward to warmer weather so I can throw a tiki inspired party.

    As many people have already recommended, thrift and dollar stores are excellent resources for budget find decorations.

  166. Sharon Harmon says:

    Asian Affair is very festive, eye-catching and true to the beauty of Asian decor!! Thank you for the contest!

  167. Susan C says:

    My favorite theme is the Mexcan Fiesta. Mexican food is one of my favorite foods to cook and it would be fun to surprise my family with a fiesta!

  168. KDK says:

    My favorite theme is definitely Red and Black. It is my alma matter’s colors so the combo can look fun and spirited, sexy when used at a dinner for two and classy when hosting a group gathering for dinner.

  169. Caroline says:

    My favorite party theme is the preppy party!

  170. Trish says:

    Pasta is a real budget minded meal. I make Linguine with Clamb Sauce or Spagetti with a meat sauce and all you really need to go with it is a tossed salad, some garlic bread and grated cheese and so easy to make. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  171. Jaime says:

    Oh, it’s hard to pick just one…I’m a big fan of Halloween, so I love that theme. Both the Black Vine and Red Dinner Party would look great in my black-and-red dining room!

    Thanks for the contest!

  172. Jessica says:

    My tip for entertaining on a budget is to provide finger foods and mixers but ask your friends to bring drinks of thier choice to help stock the bar. We always end up with more than enough liquor.
    Also, a great idea for a quick recipe is to buy a frozen cheeze pizza and make it gourmet by adding ingredients such as feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, bacon, etc. then pop it in the oven.

  173. Arlene Anthony says:

    I love the girl’s night out set. The pink and black duo make it very fancy.

  174. Beth says:

    The favorite for me is the Girls Night Out…for everything else Black Vine. Beautiful! Thanks. Beth W.

  175. karin says:

    I love the red set , my tip for entertaining on a budget is making appetizers with bread, slice any cheese that would melt, pop in the toaster oven and sprinkle with cayenne pepper or paprika. It looks and tastes good. and easy. My go to appetizer for unexpected , last minute guests.

  176. Cristin says:

    They are all so cute – but I LOVE the Girls Night Out – reminds me of my bachelorette party!!


  177. Maria Catalano says:

    I LOVE the theme “Little Bohemian” My daughter went with the Candyland theme on HWTM, but had I seen this 1st, it would have been Bohemian all the way.
    LOVE it!

  178. Janelle says:

    Wow! I love the red set! So cute for Valentine’s day!

    Hard to choose with party theme I like best from Social Couture, but the Princess Party really caught my eye! I love the glass slippers and feather boas! Would be super cute for my niece’s Birthday this summer!

  179. Heather C. says:

    Black Vine is one of my favorites for a dinner party. I love the simplicity of it. The patriotic party is great for the 4th of July, I may try that one out this year!

    I love using 12×12 paper as placemats for dinner parties to add some pizzazz and you can use just about anything for cute napkin rings, from wire and beads to ribbon. Flowers can go a long way if you purchase them from Costco or Sams.

  180. Karen P says:

    How romantic for Valentine’s day!!!! I want everything!

  181. Nora says:

    Hollywood Glam is my favorite.

  182. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE the “Black Vine” theme! It’s so sophisticated and simple! I LOVE THE MODERN RED PARTY SET! You could use all of those items for so many different themes!

  183. Melissa P says:

    Party for a Cure

  184. chris swan says:

    My favorite party theme is Moms night in. With pedicure kits, wine, chick flick, hair dodads…fun!

  185. Jason Nickolay says:

    My trick is use imitation crab in my dips and cakes to save a few bucks

  186. Ashley says:

    I love the Mexican Fiesta party theme. Margaritas are always a big hit among my friends. This red party set would definitely make a Valentines dinner more special!

  187. Jennifer says:

    I like the Asian Affair theme.

  188. Laura G says:

    Black Vine is my fave with Modern Red coming in a close second.

  189. Melanie says:

    I love the Colorful Christmas theme on Social Couture! It’s Christmas, but not in the traditional way. There’s red and green but not the traditional tones and they blend wonderfully with all the other colors.

  190. Trisha says:

    i ask the guests to bring an item and it cuts the cost of the party!!!

  191. Melissa says:

    I would have to say that my favorite is Winter Wonderland, so chic!!

  192. Kathryn says:

    I love the Princess theme for kids and the Girls Night Out for adults. What a great site!

  193. Mia J. says:

    I love the Little Bohemian theme. It is so fun and colorful.

  194. Tarah says:

    WOW! That site is amazing, I’m bookmarking it to help plan my next party! I think the Retro Baby Shower theme is really cute! Maybe I’ll hint to my sisters what a great deal it is!

  195. Jeff Ballard says:

    I love to throw mexican fiestas. I make the best qucamole this side of the Mississippi. (Louisville Ky).

  196. nicci says:

    On a budget – I like to keep it simple, use things from around the house and outside that I already have. Ge one nice thing to jazz it up at home goods you can always find a table cloth for cheap there. This way you can spend a little extra cash on the food!!!

  197. Alicia says:

    So pretty! And what I love about Social Couture’s party themes is that they are simple, have bright colors, and aren’t overdone.

    I think the Children’s Holiday theme tickled my fancy the most!

  198. Aniela R. says:

    I really like the Mexican Fiesta theme (the baby themes are all really cute too).

  199. Angela J says:

    Use fresh fruit in season in a pretty bowl or basiket for a centerpiece.

  200. whitney g says:

    When I entertain inexpensively, I always visit thrift and dollar-type stores (as well as garage sales, auctions, etc), buying things that I can use to decorate with, combining them with nice things I already have. You can do a lot of good with a can of spray paint, or other slight improvements. I spend way less than most anyone I know on these type of events, yet many people compliment my sense of style, and ask me for decorating/entertaining help.

  201. Susan says:

    When I see something super cute on clearance…I just buy it knowing I will use it for some get together.

    Great giveaway!

  202. Valerie says:

    Girl’s Night Out

  203. Lisa says:

    I think it is nearly impossible to pick one favorite party theme design, however, I will say ONE of my favorites is the Princess Party. It just looks so fabulous for a girl. :)

    And I do have an entertaining budget tip. I just heard that if you serve your food on Red plates that people will take and eat less. I find that to be interesting.


  204. MANDY SISSON says:

    go to wholesalers and buy more for less!!!!1

  205. Carrie says:

    Over the years, I’ve invested & collected a bunch of clear, inexpensive glassware – plates, stemware, serving pieces, etc. I can ues them with anything. They always match, I can dress ’em up, and they’re all reuseable.

  206. JKK says:

    I love the Red Dinner Party the best!

  207. Jessica Verdin says:

    My favorite theme is Mexican Fiesta. I love anything Mexican themed.

  208. cheryl f says:

    My favorite theme is Little Bohemian! Thanks

  209. Holly says:

    I love the Asian theme

  210. Amanda says:

    Budget Tip: For parties/showers, I like to make things from paper to go along with my decor. Paper is very inexpensive but you can do so many cool things that will wow your guests, such as making paper flowers to hang from the ceiling or using tissue paper to make a topiary. Those are just a couple of ideas. If you stick with a color theme, it’s easy to pull other items you’ve made to create a whole color scheme and decor. Your guests will be impressed that you’ve spent the time to create such a masterpiece!

  211. Kate says:

    The Retro Chic is my absolute favorite- it is SO me!

  212. Ashlee C. says:

    I love the red theme dinner party these items are featured in. I have been thinking about having a Red Party since it is my favorite color. The white roses looked great in the red fishbowl vases.

  213. KIm says:

    I love the Girls Night Out party theme because who isn’t looking for an excuse to have some girl time!!

  214. Valerie says:

    Little Bohemian is pretty cute! I would love to win the red set, though. It would look fab all set up in my dining room for a party!

  215. Teresa says:

    i like the girls night out party theme

    :) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

  216. Claudhopper says:

    I loved the idea of using the rub-on transfers on wine glasses to make them unique for each party!

  217. Aggie says:

    Since most of my ideas are stolen from this blog, I would go with Social Couture’s Preppy Party. Very simple yet elegant.

  218. karissa says:

    I say make some chili have a nice big salad and ask each person to bring a drink of choice or make one special drink , so there is no open bar.

  219. Stephanie Flies says:

    I LOVE the “Black Vine” theme! I’m a bit of a black and white kind of girl.

  220. Lucy Andonian says:

    I love I love the Princess Party theme because I think this theme could be used for a baby girl shower or a a girl’s 1st bday. Its a universal theme for all girls. who doesnt want to be a Princess.

  221. Kathy S says:

    Ask everyone to bring an appetizer

  222. January says:

    Oh my word…they are all so amazing. I love love love Hollywood Glam though. Ahh I love glitzy things :)

  223. Megan says:

    I love Mexican Fiesta–as a san diego girl in DC it reminds me of home.

    My tip-share hosting duties! Hosting with a friend not only eases the budget but it eases the stress!

  224. jayne burchfield says:

    My favorite is Winter Wonderland. They are all so beautiful!!

  225. Dora says:

    Oh My Gosh!! I love, love, love the SPRING FLING party theme. And I also adore the Asian Affair one also. But totally SPRING FLING!! Thanks for all these resources, I can get ideas to throw parties like these too!!! YAY!!


  226. cat says:

    When we have a party with our close friends, each couple brings an appetizer. It makes our life much easier to just concentrate on dinner. Some bring dessert instead.
    We are having a Valentines Dinner with our sweethearts and friends and the “Red” themed dinner party supplies would be perfect.

  227. Shanea says:

    I oove the Spring Fling party! How bright and cheerful what an awesome way to welcome Spring.

  228. Jan says:

    if doing a party on a budget, i think the food is the most vital part, so i’ll do what i can with decor with what i have in my house, but the food must be fabulous. mediocre food is never desirable. if you must skimp don’t put chargers under the plates.

    also use cloth napkins, they can be picked up on sale and reused and reused just make sure to iron them and they actually work!

  229. Myssie says:

    I love, love the retro chic. Soo cute! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  230. Colleen S says:

    Ive learned that there are many ways to strech the main course with fabulouse but lesser expesive sides. So if you make the food the star of the party, everything else falls into place (a couple of bottles of wine helps, too!!)

  231. Jess says:

    My favorite tip? Make icebox cookie dough rolls and gougeres ahead of time, then freeze them. That way you have lots of food handy that just needs to go in the oven, and you’re not out buying more food you don’t need.

  232. Lyndsie says:

    i’d have to say as far as a tip goes…just go with the flow. being uptight only creates a stressful, tense environment…and that’s never fun for anyone!!

  233. Samantha S says:

    My favorite get together on a budget is a potluck with a theme. Everyone brings a dish from the country of their ancestors, or a certain time period or region. It’s awesome, and sometimes frightening, to see what friends come up with!

  234. Dree says:

    I love the Girl’s Night Out.

  235. Carla Pullum says:

    Preppy Party!!!

  236. Marjorie says:

    Simple stuff works well, white candles on a dark table cloth and a sprinkling of something sweet and magical like GlamourDust, or glitter. It catches the candlelight and adds a magical look. Then you can concentrate on the champagne bubbles and a simple well-cooked food. Add that red magic on offer for true style!

  237. Sandra @ Ribbons and Favors says:

    With Christmas just past and Valentines on it’s way, red is still on my mind. So my pick, of course, is the lovely RED theme. The table setting is beautiful.

  238. Leah says:

    I love a tiki party theme, with colorful decor and great drinks.

  239. David Bertolo says:

    My party on a budget tip is for everyone who attends the party bring a bottle of wine or a appetizer.

  240. Tiffany says:

    Having 4 kids of my own, the kids themes Monkey See & the Princess Party caught my eye. What a great site!

  241. holly says:

    My best tip is to ask everyone to bring either an appetizer or side dish

  242. Damla says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! I like the Hollywood glam party theme.

  243. Sara B. says:

    I love Social Couture’s Mexican Fiesta theme.

  244. Elizabeth says:

    I Like Hollywood Glam!

  245. Maggie says:

    Black vine is my favorite by far. I used the same color scheme for my wedding and it looked amazing!

  246. Sharon Jones says:

    My favorite party theme by far is the Party for a Cure! thanks for offering this

  247. Kelly V says:

    When I got married, I didn’t limit my shopping to bridal shops. I also used Kinko’s to have some of my paper printed. If you can use food as a decoration, there will also be less waste and it will save money. Forgoe the flowers and get a great cake instead!

  248. Megan says:

    I think my favorite is the either the preppy party or the red party.

  249. David Clark says:

    Entertaining on a budget may mean asking friends to help with the preperation instead of hiring help.

  250. amber says:

    Id love to win! My favorite party theme is their preppy party theme!

  251. Melissa F. says:

    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!!

  252. ALVA MARTINEZ says:

    My favorite budget tip is to plan ahead. If you plan ahead you can find deals using things that are in season or that you already have.

  253. Stacie V says:

    I love the Asian Affair party theme.

  254. Beckie says:

    What a fabulous site. I would have to go with “Parties for a Cure.” I have hosted a fundraiser like that before, but this would be the perfect backdrop.

    Thanks for the opp.

  255. Cori Westphal says:

    My best tip for having a great dinner party for less is the ask each guest to bring something. If you end up only paying for the main dish, you can save tons of money. And I don’t think anyone minds pitching in for a free meal!

  256. Jennifer Hedden says:

    Princess Party

  257. Tori says:

    My favorite way to entertain on a budget (but still set an impressive table) is to be eclectic. You can mix-and-match dinner plates, linen napkins etc. to set a fun table top for a dinner party.

  258. jeri says:

    The Princess Party is delightful! And the punk bur around the soda bottle necks…clever!

  259. sally wess says:

    my fave party theme is black, silver, and crystal– everyone invited to wear only those colors, and everything to eat, drink, and extras are that theme.

  260. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I love the Halloween theme party favors. The bat and spider name holders are great

  261. Laura says:

    I like the bridal shower theme, getting married soon… thanks.

  262. Nellie says:

    Let your talents entertain your guests or better yet let your guests shine by having them provide the entertainment. No need to hire or buy entertainment.

  263. Vicki B. says:

    Pot luck is always the best way to entertain on a budget, but when you don’t want to do that, use things that you already have in a different way…like serve breadsticks inside a funky vase.

  264. Lindsay says:

    My favorite is the red dinner party theme! I was just thinking about planning a couples dinner for valentine’s day! this would be PERFECT!

  265. Sharon Seneker says:

    The black vine theme is something I would love to recreate! Great giveaway1 Thanks!

  266. Patricia says:

    One could easily adapt for Christmas!

  267. Amanda says:

    I’ve learned the hard way that the best way to keep to a budget is to not try and make everything yourself! Now I focus on only making one outstanding thing — be a dish, special centerpiece or drink — and buying the rest from the store. No one cares that I didn’t out-Martha myself, and I’m a lot more relaxed when party time comes. Oh, and I always make a day-of timetable so that I’m finished three hours before the party begins and I’m relaxing with a cocktail and listening to music when the guest arrive.

  268. Tina says:

    One of the best idea’s that I have used is to use scrapbooking paper (have it laminated) as your placemats. I decorate a Christmas tea table that sits 8 quest every year at our Church. The theme and color’s are always different. Less expense than buying a different placemats every year. We have used them at baby showers , small family get togethers. It’s fun and allows you to be very creative.

  269. erika Olson says:

    budget tip: throw a brunch party rather than a dinner party – much cheaper and just as fun

  270. Nancy says:

    My favorite is the Social Couture “Bridal Shower”! The great thing about this one is that it goes with every event! However, I do love them all =)

    They also have great customer service as well.

  271. Allison says:

    Potlucks are a great way to delegate both effort and food costs. I like to give my potluck guests a theme and some guidance to engage their creative minds. They’re usually all anxious to show their stuff!

  272. Marcy says:

    What a great website! My favorite party theme is the “asian affair.”

  273. Tiffany Hulbert says:

    The “Retro Chic” dinner party theme would have to be my favorite! I would love to win this – we recently bought a house that is perfect for entertaining and we have had a few parties, with many more to come!! This would be so great to win!! :)

  274. Michelle says:

    Hollywood Glam looks like it would be a lot of fun.

  275. Roseanna Cannaday says:

    I love the Girls Night Out theme!

  276. Debra F says:

    The “Black Vine” theme is my favorite and very cool. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  277. Mel says:

    I love the “black vine” theme the mostess! :)

  278. Cheryl Smith says:

    I like the Hollywood Glam.

  279. Emily Bohman says:

    My favorite is ‘Asian Affair.’ We’re going to have a Chinese New Year party in a couple weeks. The guests are going to split up into random teams to make the side dishes (lettuce wraps, spring rolls, ect.) together. Each team will be responsible for a certain dish. It should be interesting to see what happens!

  280. Tara says:

    I like the Bridal Shower. It’s really pretty and elegant.

  281. Heather Hopkins says:

    About once a month my girlfriends and I set up a dinner party with our families. There are five of us. To make it more affordable we divie up the meal. The hostess of the month provides the main course. An appetizer, sidedish, dessert and wine are provided by the guests. We have such fun :)

  282. Leigh Nichols says:

    Black vine is very nice :)

  283. Samantha Pruitt says:

    Retro Chic is really cool! i’d love to win this set.

  284. R Hicks says:

    my budget tip is to be liberal with the chips and serve less expensive wine

  285. Jamie W. says:

    Besides hosting a potluck my tip is to borrow serving pieces. Between my mother and my mother-in-law I never have to buy anything new!

  286. JESSICA TRIMBLE says:

    i like the monkey see for kids

  287. Kristin T says:

    what a fab party planning site. I love them all I think, but the Red Dinner Party you feature is my favorite. (for now, lol)

  288. Linda says:

    I like the Red Dinner Party theme! I like this theme because I believe it to be used for many different occasions such as the upcoming Valentine dinner or party or a New Year’s Eve celebration or Christmas and don’t forget the patriotic holidays or red white and blue are so popular. You could integrate a little bit of blue for the Fourth of July etc.

  289. Abby says:

    I did a theme of Animal Crackers for my daughter’s one year birthday party. It was so much fun and I gave everyone a box as a goody bag on the way out!

  290. Samantha Miller says:

    I like the Hollywood Glam themed party.

  291. Heather Sebastian says:

    I absolutely adore the Preppy Party theme!

  292. Daphne R says:

    If every day was just the same
    that would be just fine,
    If every day was my favorite theme:
    Happy Valentine!


  293. hazel hunt says:


  294. Jennie Smith says:

    My favorite budget entertaining is having a party with food that people make their own dish, such as pizza, tacos, burritos or tostados.
    I have a number of different ingredients for each one. It seems like it causes people to relax and to relate to one another faster.

  295. Erin Daly says:

    The Asian Affair style is really amazing!

  296. Jeannine says:

    Mexican Fiesta Party Theme.

  297. AmandaK says:

    I love the Girls’ Night Out party theme. It’s chic and just cool!


  298. Kristen says:

    My budget-friendly tip: stock up on plain white, reusable serving pieces and dishware that you can customize with linens, centerpieces, etc. to fit the theme of the party. Saves money in the long run, and more environmentally friendly!

  299. Jessica MP says:

    My favorite is Hollywood Glam!

  300. Heather McCormick says:

    potluck entretaining is the way to go

  301. carol says:

    Why not Hollywood Glam?

  302. C Hoffman says:

    I absolutely adore the Vintage Baby Shower!

  303. Sherry R says:

    I really like the Spring Fling!

  304. gina snow says:

    make your own centerpiece

  305. athena Kramarius says:

    Foam core! when I was in architecture school we had to build a self supporting chair of foam core. I’ve since learned that it’s good for just about anything else. You can cover it with fabric, wallpaper, decorative paper, and cut it very smoothly with an x-acto blade…you can even sandpaper it! For our son’s Hulk themed 4th birthday we cut out a 4ft beefy hulk and spray painted it to look like Hulk! We cut out a hole for the children’s faces and it was an equal hit with the adults.

  306. Andrea C. says:

    My favorite entertaining on a budget is DOLLAR TREE or other “Everything’s a dollar” store! Where else can you pick up glassware, dinnerware, favors, or other cute extras for a dinner party for six and only spend $20?

  307. Andrea C. says:

    I also love collecting pretty non-seasonal rolls of wrapping paper that’s on sale and choosing one for a table runner. Walmart had some lovely flocked wrapping paper in silver and black damask, gold and block and white and black. Instant, cheap style!

  308. Tanaz says:

    i love love love love the Girls night out theme…

  309. Preethi says:

    I have two beautiful daughters (ages 3 & 1) who share birthdays in June. For my older daughter’s first birthday, I didn’t want a theme so I used lots of color (colorful tablecloths, plates & utensils, ribbon, balloons). For the centerpieces I had painted the tin cans of formula that I saved and put tissue flowers in them. Also, I printed out and cut small cards out of colorful stock paper with cute questions about my daughter’s first year (ie what was her first word, her first food, etc.), and tied a ribbon on top of them. I placed these at each seat and this gave the guests(mostly adults) something to talk about and reminisce over. I got so many compliments on this party and the photos came out brilliantly because of all the color that we used to decorate our old church hall. Last year, my daughters painted little baby food jars that I had washed and saved. Inside we put their favorite candy and passed it out to each guest. For the goody bags, we gave out something that is special to both the girls that the other kids would enjoy (for instance, my oldest likes play-doh so we gave play-doh and cookie cutters and my youngest loves books so we added a ‘golden book’ in there as well.)

    So, my ‘budget’ tip, is to use color and use things that pertain to the guest of honor (ie baby food jars, formula cans, etc.) in a creative and handmade way. This doesn’t need to take a long time, esp. for those working moms or stay-at-home moms who have their hands full all the time!

  310. Catharine R says:

    I like the Retro Chic theme … what a great site!

  311. Regina says:

    Potluck is always a good idea when on a budget.

  312. Chrissy says:

    Red Dinner Party is my favorite. You can use if for numerous occasions: Valentine’s Day, Single Girl’s Night Out (on Valentine’s Day), Christmas, or a dinner party anytime.

  313. Julie Devaney says:

    My favorite tip is have the adult party one night and then let the kids have friends over and use the rest of the party food for a kid’s movie night. You get two parties for the price of one.

  314. Kim H says:

    I love the “Party for a Cure” theme on Social Couture. It is a great way to both celebrate with your friends and raise donations and awareness for such an important issue.

  315. lindsey e says:

    i love the classy party – the black vine dinner party. it is so simple yet completely elegant.

  316. Angela says:

    My favorite has to be the red party theme, it’s my favorite color!

    And as for a entertaining on a budget tip, make your party a potluck! I’m having a birthday brunch soon, and everyone has agreed to bring some sort of brunch food.

  317. Michelle Carter says:

    My tip is try a potluck party it gives u nice food with out a lot of expensice

  318. Amber says:

    I love preppy party! So fun and girly!

  319. Jody says:

    We always do a bring your favorite snack to our football parties…always end up with plenty of food. Save decorations from previous parties and add a couple new each year.

  320. Chrysa says:

    My favorite set is the Spring Fling!

  321. Tammie says:

    I “encourage” the guests to bring their drink selection(s) – saves time, money & guesswork. :)

  322. Kathryn C says:

    I love the Hollywood Glam theme!

  323. Lindsay says:

    I really like the Black Vine

  324. chastidy says:

    If there is a budget, assign items for people to bring. Like plates, cups, napkins, drinks, food, every little thing adds up.

  325. jennifer gersch says:

    black vine set

  326. Sarita Chaudhari says:

    I really like the Hollywood’s really nice.

  327. Patty H says:

    I love the Hollywood Glam set with the mirror balls and the feathers. I would just love the red candelabra and have been wanting one for a long time!

  328. Jessica L. says:

    I really like the Retro Chic party theme!
    I’m glad I found this, I’d never heard of Social Coture before and they have a lot of cute things!!! Thanks!

  329. Lori C. says:

    Our #1 budget tip is to just keep things simple, not too elaborate and to ask friends and family to bring a little something to the party.

  330. Genevieve says:

    The Hollywood Glam is awesome, it is so cute with the feathers and the mirrored balls! But the red dinner party set would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day Dinner Party I am having!

    Thanks! :)

  331. Rachel says:

    My favorite budget trick has been to purchase (and then re-use and re-use again) a 20 clear dishes at a craft store. They are so versitile and go with just about any scheme. I’ll even print a design on card stock at home, trim, and stick to the bottom of the glass for a plate design!

  332. Katherine Frazier says:

    I like the Retro Chic theme.

  333. Ingrid J. says:

    My tip is to use an inexpensive table centerpiece right out of your yard such as a clipping from a tree, ivy growing wildly in my backyard and arrange around a candle that you may or may not want to light.

  334. Brandy K says:

    There are so many to choose from! I love the preppy party and the girls night out! I love them all!

  335. Adrienne says:

    I have a great set of white dinner plates that I use. Then for any party, all I need to do is change up the accessories, and everything coordinates! I also keep everything from previous parties and try and reuse things. I love the Theme for New Years Eve on Social Couture! I am a big fan of the pops of pink!

  336. Jessica says:

    Our favorite budget entertaining tip is to connect our food/menu. For our new years party, we made a great (and very light) roasted tomato bruschetta and paired it with a white bean soup/dip that we were then able to also serve with toasted pita triangles, which we could also serve with homemade hummus. It was a very warm, but very lite palette and everyone raved about it.

    I’m excited at the chance to win!

  337. Veronica Garrett says:

    Asian Affair is my favorite theme.

  338. tanya says:

    I love the Asian Affairs set! Thanks for the great giveaway and Happy New Year!

  339. Ky says:

    looove black vine….so cute and pretty much the style of my upcoming wedding this year! but i could have tons of fun with a red party! so fabulous! thanks!

  340. Stephanie L says:

    I love the Hollywood Glam! It looks really nice.

  341. Maggie says:

    Budget Tip:
    Use candles…vigil candles. You can buy them for $1 each at grochery storees in many different colors. red, blue, white, amber, cream…
    they make a huge statement and can be use over and over again on a table, walkway, mantle

  342. Willow says:

    I tend to think people assume you have to spend a lot of money on drinks when entertaining. My mother-in-law, Alixe Lischette, was just featured on a morning news channel saying sparkling wines from Europe are a great inexpensive way to entertain on a budget. Here’s the link of her spot.

  343. erin says:

    i think my favorite is asian affair… but i’d also love to win the red dinner party… perfect for valentines and christmas!

  344. Leanne Prewitt says:

    BUDGET TIP:: Start with what you have and work backwards. For example, you have some red envelopes left from your christmas cards and your standard white cloth napkins. Now look around and add something you have (or can purchase inexpensively) to make a theme. Like a package of chopsticks, some fortune cookies and some images and patterns from the web that would make a great chinese garden dinner party. No one will know you started with “leftovers!”

  345. Cassandra says:

    I like the Girl’s Night Out theme–fun and over-the-top!

  346. susan says:

    the preppy party is so me! and I love the red!

  347. Kim Davis says:

    Asian affair is my favorite. These items could also work for Chinese New Year!

  348. Dyane says:

    I am throwing a cookie tasting for my neighbors on the 14th of Feb. Sweets for Sweeties is the theme. Following on the cookie swaps for xmas ideas i thought this would be a great opportunity for people to get together. Everyone will bring different types of cookies or homemade candies. I will have packaging material so folks can make gifts for their love ones. Also I will have a cookie decorating table for the kids.

  349. BRENDA says:

    I try to be prepared and get as much ready as I can ahead of time. Also my wonderful husband helps me!!

  350. Kate says:

    I <3 the Little Bohemian girls party. The colors and textures are so rich and vibrant!

  351. Kathy says:

    Don’t worry so much! We get so worked up in the details we begin to dread the actual party and can’t enjoy the company of our friends!

    I often use clear or solid plates/forks with fun napkins that I buy on clearance after the season has past. I just scored Christmas napkins for a quarter!

    Potluck is always fun- add a special touch by offering the recipes to your guests. I love to discover a new dish at a party and the hostess follows up to send me the recipe.

    Having a signature drink for the party is economical or everyone bring their own is an excellent choice.

  352. Katie says:

    I love the black vine set! chic and elegant for any event

  353. Jillian Veit says:

    Have everyone bring something different

  354. Kelly says:

    I love Preppy Party! How great would it be for a brunch with the girls?! Mimosas would look perfect on that table.
    Thanks for this great promotion!

  355. Bree says:

    I would pick the Retro Baby Shower or the princess party. Both are adorable.

    My tip: Buy white candles and dress them up with whatever style fits, (holly for Christmas) then take it off and add something for the next holiday. White goes with everything.

  356. Marcy STrahan says:

    I love the Mexican Fiesta!
    All the bold bright colors are zesty & wonderful.
    Plus, we just love mexican food!

  357. natalie says:

    oooh i love black vine!

  358. jjean says:

    I find the wackiest and coolest table dressings in the clearance section of TJMaxx. They are so cheap and have always found something that works for my party. Once, I got some bamboo placemats, which have now been used for several Asian themed parties, a Survivor finale party, one with a Hawaiian theme and another that was for my “green” theme. Being creative you can get a lot of mileage out of some unique basics.

  359. kathy pease says:

    ask each guest to bring a dish for dinner then all the burden isnt on just you :)

  360. Lara says:

    of course my favorite is party for a cure! We do lots of great breast cancer fundraising events every year, and this would be perfect for it!

  361. Kellie says:

    The “Black Vine” collection is definitely my favorite, and happens to be the same color scheme for my upcoming wedding! My fiance and I are actually modeling our colors and decor after the HWTM post of Jennifer Skog’s bridal shower (black and white damask with lime green). Black and white are stunning by themselves, but throwing in lime accents brings the palette to a whole new level. Love it.

  362. Lyanna says:

    My favorite one is black vine! so chic! =)

  363. Tami says:

    I love to go for a fondue party as something different.Let eveyone bring a couple of things that they want to dip and you make the fondue dips!

  364. Ashley Pahl says:

    My favorite theme is absolute the Red Dinner Party theme. Red looks good any season, for any reason. Always a classic.

    My favorite dinner party tip on a budget is to do all the decor yourself. Wrap pillar candles with 3″ ribbon in your color of choice, and use the same color ribbon to tie together silverware in place of napkin rings. Candles and ribbon are SO cheap compared to fresh flowers, and can be used again for other occasions.

  365. Mandi says:

    I love the preppy party! Pink and green is one of my favorite color combos :) It looks classy, fun and oh so preppy!

  366. Lauren says:

    A good budget tip for parties is to opt for a “dessert” party or an appetizer party- going for one part of the meal can save you money! With Valentine’s just around the corner- go for a theme that invites chocolate lovers to share their favorites!

  367. Kim Miller says:

    Preppy Party and Asian Affair

  368. judy chapman says:

    Hollywood Glam would be my pick.

  369. Danielle says:

    Girl’s Night Out theme for sure!

  370. Frances Watson says:

    LOVE the black vine set

  371. TiffanyO says:

    Potluck is my favorite way to entertain on a budget!

  372. Breena says:

    Black Vine is definitely my favorite party theme.

  373. oona baker says:

    I love the Retro Chic party theme, it would be lovely for a backyard soiree! (The colors make me wish it was summer already!)

  374. Alleen says:

    What a lovely way to start the new year! As a mother of two little ones I find myself thinking of my job as being a human napkin! As a result, I crave any opportunity to dress up! My favorite package is hands down the Hollywood Glam! With my Erte prints and this package my house is almost as decked out as I am! Thanks so much for offering this giveaway! Happy New Year!

  375. Candie L says:

    I like the Preppy Party styles

  376. Susanne Troop says:

    Asian Flair if my favorite!

  377. Carole Ann says:

    My Favorite Party Planning tip on a budget is: Craete a centerpiece with items you have around the house. EX. Lots of Pillar Candles and tea lights. Or Take your favorite vase and fill it with fruit or fun themed trinkets!

  378. Tamara Burks says:

    I really like the Asian Affair.

  379. alice says:

    black vine is my favorite.
    budget tip – have everyone byob.

  380. Heather C says:

    LOVE the Mosaic Plates from Retro Chic. So cool!

  381. Michelle H. says:

    I like the “Hollywood Glam” party theme.

  382. Janet says:

    I heart the Preppy Party! ty 4 the awesome giveaway and entry!

  383. Donna K says:

    I like the Mexican Fiesta theme

  384. Suanne Giddings says:

    My favorite theme is the Hollywood Glam. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

  385. JP says:

    I love the Mexican Fiesta theme… CHA CHA CHA!!

  386. Lily Kwan says:

    My favorite party theme design is Red Dinner Party.

  387. Jen & Liz w/SSE says:

    We love the Hollywood Glam Theme! It’s totally us, and such an inspiration to throw a fabulous PAR-TAY!!

  388. Charlene Kuser says:

    For appetizers count 4-5 per guest before an early meal, 6 or 7 before a late meal and 8-9 if no meal is planned.

  389. vanessa hunter says:

    The best tip that I can give is ……Chicken! It is less expensive than most meats, it is filling and goes a long way.

  390. Audrey Waldron says:

    Entertaining on a budget: Glass jar + glass marbles + candles + twine = the most beautiful outdoor lighting that will enchant and brighten any outdoor party on a budget. Put the candle in the jar first, then add the marbles, tie the twine around the mouth of the jar and hang from trees, awnings, etc. Light the candle just before your guests arrive and you have a beautiful, on a dime decoration. Change the color of the marbles for the theme of the party.

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