If you are entertaining for the holidays and needing china, glassware or silverware one way to save money from paying retail is checking out thrift stores or resale stores. One local place that is great is Heirlooms. Heirlooms is an upscale resale store, where the proceeds supports the Hospice of the Red River Valley. It is located at 1617 32nd Ave S, Fargo. They have a room of china, glassware, silverware and table linens. Some thrift stores may also have these items at a good price.
If you decide to serve it buffet style, one idea is to put boxes, blocks, etc under the table cloth to place your items at different levels to add interest to your table.
If you need a cake stand or stand for other items it is easy to make your own. If you have extra pieces or you can find some at thrift stores. You can make a stand by gluing together cups and plates, glasses and mirrored pieces or glasses or vases and plates.