A true all-rounder is hidden behind the cake stand. Because it can be used practically anywhere in your own four walls. Whether on the table or as a decorative element in the bathroom. Both sweet tarts and hearty finger food find a nice place on a stylish cake stand. If you are still looking for a stylish storage for your jewelry or perfumes, then a cake stand is also a nice alternative to classic boxes. Our interior experts will give you great tips on how to decorate your cake stand in a particularly beautiful way!
What is the cake stand?
The term etagere comes from the French (étagère) and means something like “rack”. It has classic white two to three levels or floors and is made of porcelain. The levels are connected in the middle and become smaller at the top. Nowadays, there are also etageres in oval or angular as well as made of wood or metal. And now there are no limits to your imagination!
The DIY cake stand
You don’t have a cake stand yet and would still like to try out our ideas? Then we have two ideas for you!
- The cake stand made of cake platters: Simply place two different sized cake plates on top of each other. Then it says: decorate!
- The tiered cake stand: Choose plates in three different sizes. Put the largest one out and put a bowl upside down or a candlestick on it. Then you can place the next smaller plate on it and place an inverted bowl or a candlestick on it. Now crown your DIY cake stand with the smallest plate. Now you can start with the etagere decoration.
3 ideas from Delia for decorating a cake stand
Decorate the cake stand with food
Yummy! A cake stand is the perfect companion for an afternoon coffee. Or just the right place for the finger food for the next birthday party. On this, for example, the Sunday breakfast can also be served in bed in a particularly noble manner.
In addition to cupcakes, meringues, cookies and other sweet pastries, savory snacks can also be staged on the cake stand. Make sure you decorate from large to small. In other words: the heavy groceries come to the lowest level of the cake stand, the lighter delicacies are best found at the top. This also ensures a harmonious overall appearance.
The cake stand should not only be taken out of the cupboard on special occasions. If the kitchen helper is not directly in use, you can populate the cake stand in the kitchen, on the dining table or on your chest of drawers with delicious fruit. This not only looks great as a table decoration or on the counter, but also reminds you every day of eating a healthy diet. Bananas, citrus fruits, kiwis, grapes and pears are particularly suitable. However, you shouldn’t combine apples with other fruit on your cake stand. This can speed up the ripening process of the individual fruits.
Decorate the cake stand seasonally
A decorative surface for candles, lanterns, balls or other elements – depending on the season, a cake stand can be equipped with the most beautiful decoration. In addition to edible treats, the cake stand also offers imaginative and enchanting uses for special occasions. Whether Easter, Christmas or New Year’s Eve, depending on the season, decorations can be designed with a variety of materials.
Decorate the cake stand in spring and Easter
In spring, for example, colorful flowers such as tulips and moss are suitable. Colorfully patterned feathers, delicate branches and self-painted eggs are modern decorative elements for your Easter cake stand. But butterflies, small rabbits or animal figures such as chicks can also decorate your cake stand at this time of year.
Decorate the cake stand in summer
In summer, a maritime style with shells and fine sand is particularly popular. In addition, like in spring, flowers or artificial flowers are still a nice decoration. A fresh, summery idea is fruit in bright colors, which you can arrange on the cake stand.
Decorate the cake stand in autumn
In the fall, a cake stand with leaves, twigs, pine cones or fruits from the forest will win you over. You can also use Halloween for inspiration for the cake stand. Decorate your cake stand with mini pumpkins, if necessary also with carved faces. You can complement the whole thing with other decorative objects in the autumn colors red and brown to taste.
Decorate the cake stand in winter and at Christmas
In winter you can use Advent and Christmas as a model for your stage. Place small Christmas baubles with fir branches and tea lights on your cake stand. You can also combine the whole thing with some artificial snow or glitter. Or you can place your favorite Christmas sweets on it and arrange a tray with Christmas decorations next to it.
Decorate the cake stand with jewelry
In addition to sweet treats from the kitchen, a cake stand can also be staged in a different way. And for once that has nothing to do with food:
Use your cake stand as a fine display case for your favorite jewelry or for particularly beautiful perfume bottles. Your colorful nail polish collection will also find enough space on the stylish home accessory. This is not only quite practical, it also brings an overview and order to your jewelry or cosmetic selection.
Find the perfect place for the cake stand decoration
The advantage of an etagere is obvious: By stacking levels you save a lot of space and can drap your dishes clearly and originally. But where is the best place for the decorative element?
If you use your cake stand as an organizer for jewelry, perfume or nail polish, the chest of drawers in the bedroom is a suitable place. The all-rounder can also be wonderfully integrated into the bathroom. In “damp” rooms, however, you should rather use a metal or plastic cake stand, as these are not as sensitive.
If your cake stand is used as a mobile coffee bar, you can decoratively drape the it piece next to the coffee machine. It looks absolutely stylish! Slightly larger shelves are even suitable as a kind of side table in the living room. Candles and drinks can be stored here wonderfully.
Of course, you can also use your cake stand in the classic way for pastries or fruit. The must-have feels pretty comfortable on the coffee table in the living room or in the middle of the dining table.