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5 tips for classy, frugal holiday fun

Decorate with natural elements
Decorate with natural elements

Don't buy expensive holiday decorations for a party when there are plenty of free raw materials in your yard.

For example, evergreen shrubs or trees, such as boxwood or holly, can be snipped to make garland and wreaths. If you don't have a yard, ask for donations from neighbors or friends.

Correale likes to use Styrofoam cones to artistically display evergreen clippings and make a centerpiece tree.

"At a florist, this would cost you $40 or more," she says.

She also takes real fruit -- apples, oranges, pears -- and spray-paints them gold for centerpieces.

"There are many things in your home (that) can be transformed into something that is suitable for holiday decorations," Correale says.

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