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by Edited by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 26, 2011

Rocks centerpieceLong tables look dramatic and elegant, but there's a downside: more space to decorate. To trim costs, use a few single floral stems of a standout variety (like cymbidium orchids, pictured) and fill in with river stones, moss and candles for a garden party-esque feel, minus the steep centerpiece bill. "Real washed moss and river stones can be found in most craft stores for under $5," says Ricky Eisen, founder and president of New York City-based Between the Bread (betweenthebread.com).