08 Jan

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Social Couture

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!

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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)

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HOW TO ENTER:
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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Carolyn G SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm

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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.

January 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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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.

January 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm

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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!

January 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm

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Ellie SAYS:

I love the Retro Chic theme!

January 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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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.

January 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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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.

January 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm

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Val SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm

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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!

January 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm

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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

January 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm

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Megan SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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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 !

January 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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Courtney SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm

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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!

January 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm

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Steph SAYS:

My favorite party theme design is Spring Fling.

January 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm

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Ariane Griffiths SAYS:

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”.

January 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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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!

January 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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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.

January 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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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.

January 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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Tere Given SAYS:

Preppy party is so me. I love the colors!

January 8, 2009 at 12:44 pm
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