Using doilies has got to be one of the cheapest, yet most elegant ways to decorate your parties. I bought a 32 pack of 8 inch doilies from my local dollar store.
You can simply tie a piece of twine, ribbon or thread through one hole of the doily and hang it on the wall as a backdrop.
Here's a simple garland to make that can be hung also as a backdrop or taped to the front of the table.
One way that gets overlooked easily is the method of "collaging" your doilies to make a pretty table covering. (Is "collaging" a word?)
Here's one of my favorite ways to decorate with doilies: Paper clip doilies to a simple paper bag. This can be a pretty wrapping for party favors or to hold sack lunches. You can even use these to line a sidewalk to show guests the way to the party or reception.
I'll be back tomorrow with even more ideas on how to decorate with doilies!