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by Jonathan Vatner | June 14, 2010

broadway hat centerpieceFor a recent event in New York City, Karen Shackman, president of Shackman Associates New York (212-753-5900; shackmanassociates.com), decorated tables with Big Apple memorabilia (Statue of Liberty replicas, Broadway show hats) instead of using pricey flowers. The pile of items gave the event a true New York flavor, and afterward, attendees were able to take the trinkets home as gifts. Try the idea in any major city.