Sunday, 26 September 2010

tiered cake stands from vintage china and party food

I made these tiered cake stands for Cyan’s Alice in Wonderland birthday tea party from a collection of vintage china teacups, plates and saucers. Some pieces I already had, I bought a couple of lots on ebay and the rest were found in charity shops.

I was inspired by this one made by Anji (yes – the same name as me!) of multi-purpose wings, the first time I had seen this idea. I used my hot glue gun to stick them together so it should be possible to take them apart later, as per this very helpful tutorial from Sherry of Creations From My Heart. Actually I am so pleased with them, I don’t know if I want to take them apart now! Not sure what else to do with them though..?

Here they are in action..

Filled with sweet treats..

Cupcakes with toppers I designed..

Jammie dodgers, jam tarts (pastry by my Mum and baked by Karl), and mini jammie dodgers.. grapes and mini marshmallows on sticks in a sugar bowl..

More cupcakes, marshmallows and marshmallow mushrooms; and the two-tiered stands in-between held sandwiches and carrot and cucumber flowers..

We had mismatched vintage china teacups and saucers for the kids to drink out of – which they loved – and not a single thing got broken!

Tea was served (apple juice tea or orange juice tea!) in two little teapots from our play tea-sets..

Sharing at some of the fabulous link parties in my sidebar, go check them out..


  1. So so so cute! Well done, I love them!
    I use mine in my studio to keep buttons and stuff. I also thought it would be a cute jewelry catch all in my girls bed room.

    Such a sweet party!

  2. I so love this!!!!
    I love your cute stands! I think if you have enough room to store them - which would be a huge problem in our house - you could just keep them as they are and use them for serving muffins and cupcakes ...? Or put one in the bathroom for putting jewelery or hairbows on it - or make-up utensils ... I have a tiered stand in the bathroom -unfortunately not a teacup-one - and I like the kinda unexpected look ... :-)
    Basically you could put them anywhere as a collector of little things. Like if you have a crafting place you could put small stuff like ribbons or thread or buttons on it ... I simply never have enough space for that kinda thing! :-/

    I will put a link to your great party and to your post about the cakestands on the link list that I will create for the tea lovers roundup! Gorgeous!!!

  3. Great way to recycle those pretty china pieces. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)


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