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 plain 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 pack 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 costly premade potpourri, Correale says.
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