Search your grocery store baking section for a mini cake with white icing. Style the cake on a small cake stand. Create a quick DIY cake topper by sticking roses and baby’s breath right into the cake. A beautiful way to update an inexpensive store bought cake.
Create a tall grim centerpiece by filling a three-tier cake stand with various Halloween decor. HGTV fan Tamgypsy filled the centerpiece with glittery skulls, bones, spray-painted Christmas ornaments and a silver witch's hat. She placed miniature skulls on the plates and brought crystal elements to the table with candle holders and wine glasses.
Here's a great tip for adding an aromatic touch to your table: As dinner is wrapping up, bring hot pies out to the table on cake stands and cut the first slice while the pie is still hot. The scent of the pie will work as a candle, teasing guests' palettes for what's next on the menu.
As you prepare to serve guests buffet-style this season, consider creative ways to put practical items such as napkins or dishtowels on display. To add color and pattern to this serving area, a cake stand topped with bundled rolls of cloth napkins adds seasonal flair and also serves as a conversation piece, striking up conversation among guests.
Add height and shape to the center of your holiday table scape with a conical tree centerpiece. Pick up a simple tree sculpture from the holiday aisle of a big box retailer, place it atop a cake stand and then add an extra layer of interest with garland. This can instantly bring seasonal flair to any table in the house.
Keep your range of height flowing so that the highest elevated items sit towards the back of the table and the smaller, squatty dishes sit towards the front. This will allow you to place any condiments or accoutrements below and in front of the elevated dishes so guests can garnish them once they're pulled off of cake stands or risers.
Keep your arts and crafts supplies within arm’s reach and neatly displayed by arranging them on a tiered cake stand. Dedicate the lower stand to glass jars for housing buttons, tacks and other embellishments which get lost easily. Keep spools of ribbon or thread in the center and then use the top tier for things you’ll need easy access to such as pens and paints.
An unexpected dessert to add to your holiday brunch this season is a New Zealand classic known as pavlova. After beating egg whites and salt to a rigid consistency, pavlova is made by folding in corn flour, vanilla, caster sugar and white vinegar, then slow-baking the mixture until it takes on a meringue-like appearance. It is then garnished with fresh fruit, usually cranberries, and served on a cake stand.
Carving pumpkins is one of the most interactive Halloween activities, so throw your own party filled with delicious treats and whimsical decor. Korinne Seel of Swank Sweets set a playful spider web tablecloth as the backdrop and enhanced it with inexpensive paper Halloween fans. All the edibles are from the local supermarket and customized with party printables by Anders Ruff Custom Designs. Set the pumpkins on cake stands to make them the focal point of the table.
Everyone loves cupcakes. Bake your favorite recipe at home or buy from the store and dress them up with paper cupcake toppers and wrappers. Print the cupcake topper template and use a craft punch or scissors to cut them into rounds. Then, attach the paper shape to a four-inch lollipop stick using tape or a one-inch white circle label. Cupcake wrappers are easy to make from decorative paper to match the theme. Displayed on a pretty cake stand, these cupcakes are hard to resist.
With a fun, "bright pastel” theme for her holiday decor, Amy Weir of Delineate Your Dwelling got to work making mini bottle-brush trees into a magical holiday centerpiece!
“I believe you can incorporate the colors that make you most happy into all seasons, so I created the glitter trees in non-traditional colors for my holiday table,” Weir says. Stacked on a cake stand and detailed with fresh wood discs and jingle bells, these little trees are a big hit on the holiday scene.