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5 tips for classy, frugal holiday fun

Display food and beverages with flair
Display food and beverages with flair

You don't need caviar and champagne to impress. Simple and inexpensive ingredients such as raw vegetables can make a big impact.

"It's all in the presentation," says Andrea Correale, founder of Elegant Affairs, a caterer based in New York City and Glen Cove, N.Y.

Veggies with dip on a big platter? Ordinary and boring, says Correale, whose company has hosted events at the historic club The Players in Gramercy Park and the mansion that houses the Nassau County Museum of Art in Long Island.

But take those same ingredients and place them in individual glass votive candleholders that people can pick up and carry while mingling "and you've got something special," she says.

"It's the little details that make it look trendy and appealing," Correale says.

No need to break out the filet mignon if you want to serve more substantial food; cheaper cuts of meat can be presented with flair. For example, you can braise beef in a casserole and serve it in sourdough bread bowls, she says.

"Whatever you serve, kick it up a notch," she says.

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