Plume Perfect

feather-filled centerpieceFor a big visual impact, ostrich feather centerpieces add height and unexpected flair to a sit-down reception. Plus, they're easy to craft yourself. Start with 24-inch "Eiffel tower" vases (about $7 each) and add 20 ostrich plumes (about 15 to 20 inches long, $2 each). Use a foam bouquet holder (about $4) to keep the feathers upright in the vase. Cost: about $55 per centerpiece. Feathers: (818) 528-7431;; vases and foam bouquet holders: (888) 985-6925;