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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Heather Jordan SAYS:

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

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm

mirabelle SAYS:

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

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm

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! ;)

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Bethany Morford SAYS:

I absolutely love the Valentines theme! So beautiful!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Wendy Wallach SAYS:

I liked the ” Girls Night Out: items.

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Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:31 pm

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!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm

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.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Rachel SAYS:

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

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm


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!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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.

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm

apparentlyjessy SAYS:

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!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm

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!

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:47 pm

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

Reply January 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

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