When you're having a party, it's easy and fun to buy some less-expensive wine and serve from decanters, which you may already own. You can get a basic but elegant Riedel Cabernet Decanter (shown here) from Target under $20, and many wine retailers sell decorative decanter tags that you can use to label them. So decant a white, two reds - a Merlot and a Zinfandel, for example - and let your guests pour for themselves. Do make sure your decanters are immaculately clean and rinse them with very hot water to eliminate any soap reside. Second suggestion: Get some good bubbly that isn't "Champagne." Prosecco is my favorite among the non-Champagne sparklers, and good bottles often go for no…

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