Monday, September 9, 2013

They Take the Cake...And a Whole Lot More!

I recently made some cake stands out of found items from the thrift store (plates, candlesticks, etc.) and put them, along with some vintage traditional stands, at Mr. P's.  A couple sold right away, which got me thinking about their versatility.  Then I remembered this post I did when I first started my blog and I had about 10 followers. Chances are you never saw it, so I thought I'd run it again! 
I hope it gives you some ideas!


I love cake stands.  I started collecting them for my wedding; instead of one traditional big cake I set up a variety of different cakes for our guests to chose from. Now, even though I already have a collection of different sizes and styles of cake stands, if I see one at a great price I can't pass it up.  They are just so versatile ... as long as you think outside of the (cake)box!

I recently picked these beauties up from a garage sale and one of my favorite thrift stores.  New and vintage cake stands can cost you anywhere from around $20 up.  I didn't pay that for these though!

This blue china stand is so sweet.

The crystal one is pretty classic.

And I love the edge on this large milk glass stand.

In addition to looking great on a buffet table ...

Design Sponge

They make pretty candle holders.  I love this idea!


Look at this centerpiece idea from wedding and event designer Preston Bailey:

Preston Bailey

Or this one holding a beautiful flower arrangement.

Tie the Knot

I like to use a cake stand as a holiday centerpiece.  I put a large fat pillar candle in the middle of it and surround the candle with some of my vintage holiday ornaments.  I've also used them to hold hand towels in the bathroom and a collection of bracelets in my bedroom.

Wouldn't you feel elegant with a dressing table set up like this?


Apartment Therapy

Use one in the bathroom to corral toiletries.

Of course they make great candy, cookie or appetizer servers.  Pair one with a tall compote.

Pottery Barn

And this is a great idea for the kitchen! You could also use one to hold your spice containers near your stove.

Apartment Therapy

So if you have a few cake stands around you might want try one of these ideas! 

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  1. Great ideas; love cake stands for candles. You found some great treasures!

  2. Great ideas for using cake plates. I love the pretty blue and white one . . . so pretty :)

  3. Aren't cake plates just the cutest? I especially love the pink floral arrangement and the bathroom display - so pretty! A good reminder to use things in unexpected ways!


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