LUXE: $70 per vase.
These ceramic vases, handmade in Canada by artist Michel Hervey, perpetually hold their perfectly crumpled form. The large size is 13 inches tall; the small version ($35) is 7 inches. Just add water and the blooms of your choice. uncommongoods.com
LESS: $25 per centerpiece.
Real paper bags filled with paperwhites or other inexpensive blooms add simple elegance to events. (An inner vase provides water and shape.) Flowers by Alma crafts these sweet country centerpieces. flowersbyalma.com
LUXE: $150 per tin.
Marky's Osetra Caviar Malossol -- sold per ounce, starting with the one-ounce tin -- is the real thing, imported from Russia, straight from the Caspian Sea. markys.com
LESS: $68 per tin.
For those on a beer budget but with caviar taste, Sterling Classic Caviar, farm-raised in California, has a nutty flavor and texture likened to higher-priced imports. Tins start at the 30-gram size (shown), slightly more than one ounce. sterlingcaviar.com