15 Fun + Festive Ways to Use a Cake Stand

Proof that cake stands can go beyond the kitchen.

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Snow Globe Scene

Add instant space for holiday decorations by repurposing a clear glass or acrylic cake stand as a makeshift snow globe. Arrange different holiday figures with moss or faux snow to create the look of a winter scene.

Brushed-Up Addition

Using a bold, non-traditional color palette, turn mini bottle-brush trees into a magical holiday centerpiece. Simply stack the glittered trees on a cake stand and detail with fresh wood discs and jingle bells to create the perfect holiday scene.

Tiered Ornament Tree

Create a holiday tree that doubles as a centerpiece by stacking three cake plates then layering ornaments on top. Keep them in place with double-sided tape, and add an extra layer of sparkle with cascading ribbon.

Personalized Gift Set

An excellent gift for new homeowners is a kitchen essentials gift set. Pick up basic kitchen supplies ranging in height and shape, and arrange them on top of a cake stand. Add small seasonal accents for color and texture. Finish the look with a small chalkboard or gift tag for the recipient.

Candles + Greenery

Brighten up your holiday tabletop with lots of white accents. Gather a grouping of white cake plates and fill them with white pillar candles and a variety of fresh greenery.

Gift Display

Put tabletop surfaces to good use by placing bundled gift boxes on top of cake stands. For a perfectly balanced look, group several stands ranging in height to create highs and lows.

Rustic Centerpiece

Add a rustic touch to your holiday table with found objects, candles and ornaments for an inexpensive and easy Christmas centerpiece.

Mini Bar

No room for a full bar? No problem! Flip a clear cylindrical stand upside down, fill it with seasonal decor, then top it off with a small tray. Next, layer spirits and glassware on top to create a makeshift tabletop bar.

Stacked Ornaments

This sparkly cake stand is the perfect showcase for pretty ornaments in coordinating hues.

Elevated + Upcycled

Looking for a frugal way to set up a show-stopping holiday table this year? Use leftover decor, wrapping paper and other small items you've already got on hand. Top cake stands with glass apothecary jars filled with walnuts, strands of garland and greenery to pull in traditional holiday hues.

Mod, Gifted Centerpiece

Gather three white cake stands of varying heights in the center of the table. Wrap simple, white boxes for each cake stand using coordinating or matching ribbon. Place boxes on the cake stands with a few coordinating ornaments.

Napkin Display

As you prepare to serve guests buffet-style this season, consider creative ways to put practical items such as napkins or towels on display. A cake stand topped with bundled rolls of cloth napkins adds quirky seasonal flair to the dining space.

Organic Style

An outdoor dining area is packed with texture, shape and contrast with a mix of found organic accessories paired with a clear, glass cake stand and black dinnerware.

Sparkle in Seconds

Add height and shape to the center of your holiday tablescape with a conical tree centerpiece. Pick up a simple tree sculpture from a big box retailer, place it on a cake stand, then add an extra layer of interest with greenery. This can instantly bring seasonal flair to any table in the house.

Gingerbread House Centerpiece

Turn this season's gingerbread masterpiece into a chic centerpiece for your holiday table. Let the kids help decorate it with candies and printable party circles, then place it in coconut "snow" atop a pretty cake stand.