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5 tips for classy, frugal holiday fun

Ditch the paper plates
Ditch the paper plates © llaszlo/Shutterstock.com

Ditch the paper plates

Party hosts often find it easier to use paper plates, napkins and plastic cutlery. But they also can cheapen the occasion and -- ironically -- add to your costs.

Instead, break out the real stuff: Gather all your plates and flatware.

"They don't need to match," McBride says.

Real plates add a touch of class to your affairs without busting the party budget. You can even take this back-to-basics approach one step further, McBride says.

"I like to use a collection of vintage handkerchiefs in lieu of paper napkins," says McBride.

The key is to remember that making a big impact doesn't require a huge amount of money, Correale says.

"It's all about taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary -- simple food plus big visual impact makes a party to remember that won't break the bank," she says.

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