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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Joanna SAYS:

Hawaii Five-o for sure!

January 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Tracey Byram SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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. http://www.dawnypoo.blogspot.com

January 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

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….

January 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm


Black vine, definitely

January 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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.

January 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm

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.

January 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm

joni chadwell SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Winnie SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Angela Alston SAYS:

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.

January 8, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Denise SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm


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

January 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

maritessb.blogspot.com/ SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 3:04 pm

julie g SAYS:

I love the black vine:0) Very Chic!

January 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm


I love the Preppy Party theme. SO cute!

January 8, 2009 at 3:06 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Jen H. SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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.

January 8, 2009 at 3:42 pm
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