Create ambience with candles, scents
For lighting ambience, use candles everywhere, says Phyllis Cambria of Coconut Creek, Florida, 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 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.