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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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!

Reply 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!

Reply 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.

Reply 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!

Reply 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!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Carolyn G SAYS:

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

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm

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.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm

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!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Ellie SAYS:

I love the Retro Chic theme!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm


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

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm

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!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm

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

Reply January 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm

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