You can even take something as classic as a cupcake stand and not use if for cupcakes at all! Instead, use it to add more color to a dull corner.
We all know ornaments are for trees, but they have so many more possibilities! Add them under the bowl of a wine glass or inside a punch bowl! You can even turn your food into an ornament (source) or fill your ornaments with food! (find out how,here!)
These are just a few ways to do decor differently. And there are new ideas coming out all the time. For the next party you have when you are looking at the same pile of stuff from the last time remember, think outside the box!