They’re like a work horse for your tables. Throw a cake stand, tiered platter and some silver trays out and your presentation goes from drab to fab! I’m telling you (if you don’t know already) these guys make for lovely little ditties on your tables…be it centerpieces for your wedding, a buffet for your shower, or a cutie display on your counter. Adding variety in height will add interest, depth and makes your display look professionally designed.
: : Miss Cakestand : : Here, in pink splendor. Photo below by the ineffable Cooke Studio.
: : Silver trays : : easier to find that you think. I’ve picked up five similar to this at thrift stores in my local area. Don’t be afraid of the tarnish! They shine up pretty easily with a little silver polish and some elbow grease. I’ve never paid more than $25 for one.
: : DIY : : I’m always on the look out at flea markets, antique shops and thrift stores for vintage finds so I can add these pretties to my hostess arsenal. However, if you’re coming up dry, you can always make a cake stand out of some vintage plates and candle sticks. Design*Sponge featured a “how to” on this great project here.
: : Shop Online : : If you don’t feel like trolling around the city for used items, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars. You MUST go to Feather Your Nest. The pictures below are a few of my favorites from her shop. I think I’d like one of each item from her shop, please. In every color.
Look at these cake stands:
: : Vintage Scale : : If you’re feeling a little vintage inspired, how about using this for display? I can just imagine the cute stationery, bunch of fresh rosemary or favors that you can put in here.
: : Variety : : Don’t be afraid to vary your centerpieces. As long as you have a consistent look and theme that pulls the look together, variety can add texture and a point of interest to your tables. Footed bowls, like the ones used in this display, are another heightening element that sophisticate anything you put them around.
: : Footed bowls : : Sherbet, anyone? Ummm…can it get any cuter?
: : Martini Glasses : : Not just for Cosmopolitans. Use them for dessert, appetizers (bruschetta, anyone?) or even dolled up mashed potatoes. Cooke Studio photo below.
: : Buffet Table : : If you’re planning on having a buffet at your wedding, don’t be afraid to ask your caterer about their presentation. They’ll usually have photos of displays, and you can always ask them to utilize some of these presentation elements…rental companies have most of the items I’ve listed, and caterers make use of them all the time.
I’ll leave you with a little goody from Martha, who uses cakestands, egg cups and a whole bunch of yellow for a too good to be true spring table. Happy hunting and happy hostessing!