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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
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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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

391 responses to “SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Social Couture”

  1. Shelley K says:

    My favorite party theme is the Hawaii Five O. What a GREAT web site. I am definitely going to bookmark this one as we are planning a big party this year and instead of hiring a party planner we can do this ourselves.

    Thanks for a great giveaway (and referral!!)

  2. Whitney says:

    love the “asian affair” party theme! orange is totally my favorite these days.

  3. Raspberry Light Bulb says:

    For my daughter’s 12th birthday I decide to throw her a luau. I wanted it to be really impressive because it was her first b-day party in a new city. However I was on almost non-existent budget. Yet I still have people talking about the “great” display that was on the main table. I did it for practically nothing. I went to a local dollar store and bought all the the supplies. I covered the table in a plastic sea-blue table cloth and poured a big, solid circle of sand in the center. I then added lots pale orange votive holders with a white hibiscus print on top of the sand. I used cheap tea lights for the holders and added shells to the sand. I then lit all the candles and added various accents around the rest of the room. It turned out great and I was out less than $10 bucks for the whole thing!

  4. Sandy S says:

    Planning a baby shower for my daughter, I needed to find vases for the centerpieces (that were affordable) I bought ceramic tissue holders for $2.50 a piece that when turned upside down will hold an arrangement of artificiial flowers. I got the look of a chunky vase at a price I could afford . I also use 3 pieces of glass and 3 martini glasses to create a 3 tiered plate for desserts. I always like to think outside of the box when doing a party …

  5. adrienne Gordon says:

    the black vine set rules!

  6. Heather Jordan says:

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

  7. mirabelle says:

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

  8. 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! ;)

  9. Bethany Morford says:

    I absolutely love the Valentines theme! So beautiful!

  10. 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.

  11. Wendy Wallach says:

    I liked the ” Girls Night Out: items.

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  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. Rachel says:

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

  15. Ivy says:

    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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. Joanna says:

    Hawaii Five-o for sure!

  22. Tracey Byram says:

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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….

  25. 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!


    Black vine, definitely

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. joni chadwell says:

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

  30. Winnie says:

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

  31. 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.

  32. Denise says:

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

  33. MARILOUISE says:

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

  34. says:

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

  35. 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!

  36. julie g says:

    I love the black vine:0) Very Chic!

  37. Rhi says:

    I love the Preppy Party theme. SO cute!

  38. 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!

  39. Jen H. says:

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

  40. 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.