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.