by By Jonathan Vatner | July 16, 2009

cherry trees The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. (202-835-0500;, put on a classy cherry-blossom-themed event this year on a slim budget. Table centerpieces were miniature cherry crème brûlées, cherry tarts and cupcakes with cherry-blossom decorations. This not only saved money on décor, it also sped up service toward the end of the lunch, so the keynote speaker could begin on time.