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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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.

January 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Tracy SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm


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!!

January 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Katie SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm

ashley SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 3:53 pm

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

January 8, 2009 at 3:54 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm

susan varney SAYS:

i like the girls night out party

January 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm

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.

January 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm

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.

January 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Audie SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm

karen SAYS:

i love the spring fling party. so fresh!

January 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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!

January 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm


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

January 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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.

January 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Nikki SAYS:

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

January 8, 2009 at 5:08 pm
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