1) a coffee butler or carafe
2) bag clips (for chip bags, etc)
I attended an event recently where the party hostess, for lack of a coffee butler, used a THERMOS. Brilliant! I have one of those! Okay, it's not showy or glamorous, but it's a free coffee butler that keeps coffee or tea warm.
One of the guests received clothespins as a prize. Her response was "Oh good! Chip clips!" ... Brilliant!! I'd never thought of that! ... of course, when I expressed my excitement, people who'd used them this way for years looked at me like I'd been living under a rock. Maybe I have :)
I guess now I can take those items off of my shopping list! Thanks ladies, you saved me some money and helped me to become a little more thrifty!