Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

DoitYourself

Go the DIY route for festive decor. Vases, wreaths, pine cones, and ribbons can be purchased at discount stores, Butler says. "For centerpieces, get the small winter white trees and spray them with a gloss or glitter to give the icy look.  Or fill clear bowls with ornaments and candy from your local dollar store." Also, candles are an inexpensive way to add a special allure and set the mood. "You can find votive candles for as little as 50 cents," says Pariser. Add a special touch with a table runner. Get sparkly cloth from a fabric store and drape it across tables to add that holiday flair, Pariser adds.

Go the DIY route for festive decor. Vases, wreaths, pine cones, and ribbons can be…