by Lisa Grimaldi | August 01, 2007

Stunning decor, singular centerpieces, exquisite food and drink, and fabulous gifts typically come with equally impressive price tags. What to do if you and your client or organization have Neiman-Marcus tastes but a Target budget? Following are suggestions for stylish yet affordable alternatives to elegant meeting and event elements. (Note: Prices are estimates and might vary by season, location and other factors.)

Saint-Hilaire sparkling wine

Fine French champagne, perhaps Moet & Chandon Vintage Rose 1999, about $100 per bottle
vs.
A French sparkling wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, like Saint-Hilaire 2004 Blanquette de Limoux Blanc de Blancs Brut, left, about $10 per bottle; www.wine.com

Jumbo shrimp, starting at $2 apiece
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Scallops, about 50 cents apiece (caterer Bill Hansen recommends serving them on a seashell and garnishing with seaweed salad and soy sauce)

prime ribRolled chicken breastFor buffet carving table: prime rib, left, about $9 per pound
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Rolled chicken breast, stuffed with cranberry and sage, right, about $4 per
pound, from Barber Foods,
(207) 482-5500; www.barberfoods.com

HydrangeasRosesFloral centerpiece with packed roses, left, about $160
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Floral centerpiece with packed hydrangeas, right, about $80, from Planet Flowers, (011) 44-131-539-7781;
www.planetflowers.co.uk

Illuminated barIce barIlluminated bar of carved ice with logo, left, about $2,000
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Illuminated bar of acrylic with logo, right, about $800, from Atlanta Arrangements Inc., (404) 443-5944;
www.atlantaarrange.com

Bliss Spa treatment roomSpa kitGift certificate for a treatment like the Super Blissage massage, $195 at a Bliss spa
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Best of Bliss set of spa products, $45 per kit, (888) 243-8825; www.blissworld.com

White suede cloth-backed chairFanfare chairWhite suede cloth-backed chair, about $22 each for rental
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Fanfare chair, $9.75 each for rental, from Chameleon Chair Collection, (310) 973-8200; www.chameleonchair.com