Create party ambiance with candles, scents
For lighting ambiance, use candles everywhere, says Phyllis Cambria of Coconut Creek, Fla., co-author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Throwing a Great Party."
If you don't have enough candleholders, use simple glasses and teacups. You can also turn glasses upside down as a stand for pillar candles.
"These will look terrific when they are displayed in a group in varying heights," Cambria says.
You can also fill glasses with sand, cat-box filler or decorative rocks to hold taper candles in place.
For inexpensive holiday scents, set some apple cider, fresh cloves and cinnamon at a simmer on your stove instead of buying pricey premade potpourri, Correale says.