8 Ways to Decorate With Cake Stands That Don't Involve Food

There are endless ways to give classic cake stands new use, from clever gift presentation to a makeshift cocktail bar.

Kitchen Essentials

A handy gift for new homeowners is a kitchen essentials cake stand presentation. Pick up basic kitchen supplies ranging in height and shape, then arrange them on top of a cake stand, combining small seasonal accents for color and texture. Use a small chalkboard or gift tag to address the recipient.

Arts and Crafts

Keep your craft supplies within 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 that get lost easily. Keep spools of ribbon or thread in the center, then use the top tier for items you may need easy access to such as pens and paint.

Dish Towel Tree

As you prepare to serve guests buffet-style this season, consider creative ways to put practical items like napkins or dish towels on display. To add color and pattern to the serving area, a cake stand topped with bundled rolls of cloth napkins adds fun seasonal flair.

Makeshift Cocktail Bar

No room for a full bar? No problem! Flip a clear, cylindrical stand upside down, fill it with seasonal items, then top it off with a small tray. Layer spirits, glassware and cloth napkins on top of the tray to create a tabletop cocktail bar.

Animal Safari

Put a youthful spin on cake stands by showcasing children's toys. Here, molded plastic animals are arranged as a safari scene, allowing the toys to double as art.

Tiered Gifts

Use tabletop surfaces to display gifts by placing bundled boxes on top of cake stands. For a perfectly balanced look, group several stands together that range in height.

Tree Centerpiece

Add height and shape to your holiday tablescape with a conical tree centerpiece. Place a simple tree sculpture atop a cake stand, then embellish with fresh greenery. This will instantly bring seasonal flair to any table in the house.

Board Game Stand

Encourage interaction among guests this holiday season by setting up board games on cake stands. As friends and family gather around the table, present them with a message made from game tiles and classic favorites to choose from.