I have always loved cake stands. They are vintage-y , tragically girly and just plain adorable! Pair that with my (also un-healthy) obsession with Pinterest and you have a potion for dozen of creative uses; other than holding yummy cakes, of course.
I received my first cake stand from one of my besties, Leah, last Christmas. We had been shopping at Marshalls and *gasp* I saw “it”. A darling cake stand with cut outs to thread ribbon through; granted, the ribbon on it in the store was AWFUL, but even that couldn’t disguise the beautiful porcelain! It had a ruffled bottom on the stand and I instantly fell in love. I picked it up, held it, and then put it back on the shelf. *groan* It was only $15, but I was determined to pay off my last credit card with a balance, and every penny helped. Well, Leah went back and bought that beautiful cake stand, replaced the dreadful ribbon with a beautiful eggplant purple one and surprised me for Christmas! Now for the part that still makes my stomach sick… one week later, I watched it slip off my kitchen counter and smash into a million pieces. I was distraught… yes, I know it is a “just” a cake stand, but it was the thought, money and love that Leah put into it that meant so much to me. I called my mom and cried and then called Houston (whom I had only known for a couple weeks) and bawled my eyes out. I begged the employees at Marshalls to call me if they received anything similar and I saved the gorgeous ribbon.
Cake Stand number two was a labor of love and hours of internet scouring. After I called Houston and made an absolute fool of myself crying about a cake stand, he searched high and low for a replacement for me. The cake stand he found is IDENTICAL to my Leah’s stand. He had them even put in a polka dotted ribbon and I could not thank him enough! He is just awesome like that. It sits on my kitchen table – away from any ledges!
On my birthday, my Mom gave me cake stand number three. It is a square with detailed edges! It is different and pretty and I leave it on my kitchen counter – generally it has a loaf of bread or a bag of lemons on it! Perfect for keeping things “off” the counter.
I have a WONDERFUL boss. Her name is April, and she has the memory of Fort Knox. She gifted me with a cake stand this Christmas, because she remembered that I had broken one last year (yes, I told EVERYONE my sad, sad story) and she tried to find something like what I had described. Gold star April!
Natalee also gave me cake stands numbers four and five this Christmas – probably because I was so envious when she got some last year! They are dainty and so sweet looking! I love that I can stack them to display yummy snacks or use them separately. I am contemplating using the smaller one in my bathroom – a Pinterest idea, but I haven’t yet decided.
What a quirky thing for me to collect, since I don’t do a lot of hosting, but I adore them! Hopefully when I have a home and not a 600 square foot apartment, I can host some parties and incorporate my collection into the mix!