Easy & Pretty Handmade Cake Stands

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Here’s a recent idea I found for an upcoming shower… I’m so excited to give these a try. I have a special affection for all things cake stands, especially pretty ones that make lovely silhouette shapes in my kitchen shelves!

Handmade cake stands are simple and easy, here are two tutorials that outline the step-by-step directions for (1) an eclectic vintage mix and (2) a lovely all-white dessert buffet:

Handmade Cakestand Vintage

Kate’s recycled cake stands (shared on design*sponge back in 2008) make the perfect eclectic tea party addition. These would make beautiful table centerpieces for an outdoor shower as well.

DIY Cake stand Hand Made All White

I originally found this classic white dessert bar tutorial on Weddings & Cookies, but Renee’s creations are featured here on design*sponge as well! I love the clean, crisp look of all white – it would make a lovely dessert buffet for a wedding or party.

These would also look perfect lined neatly in a buffet cabinet or on floating shelves in the kitchen/dining room (for a fraction of the price of a store-bought collection!)

Can you believe they started as this?

DIY Cake Stand Before

Before we jump into the How-To, be sure to check out great Etsy artists like Burlap & Blue as an easy alternative if you’re looking for an option to purchase.

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More pictures (and the How-To) after the jump!…

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Congrats, Valentine’s Tablescape Winner!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Valentine’s Dinner Tablescape Giveaway! It was so wonderful to hear the special stories of your favorite Valentine’s Day memories, all of which made me smile and made my day. And the conversation heart sayings – loved them all! ‘Page Me’ and ‘Fax Me’ has dated our generation in an amazing way {can you imagine getting a little love note via fax at work or home?} and do you remember ‘381’? {wink wink}


Congratulations to Ms. Anne, who shared:

“Best conversation heart: Hug Me!

Best Valentines: Dont tell the boyfriend but the best Valentines was when I was 22, broke, in college, living in a house with 20 girls, sharing one room with 2 other girls.

On Valentines day, we woke up to tons of N’sync Valentines taped all over our room, ceiling and one of the girl’s bunk beds (22 and broke). The girls who played the prank stayed up all night and wanted for the 3 blind bats to put their glasses on before showering the room with the rest of their valentines cards. classic.”


Anne, please contact me at: morgan@pepperdesignblog.com!

A Pink & Grey Valentine’s Dessert Party

Valentine's Day Dessert Buffet Inspiration: Pink & Red

Amy Atlas recently designed and shared this dessert buffet: the perfect reason to host a Valentine’s Day party for friends & family {how delicious!}. This makes me want to throw on the apron and get to work asap!

Bubble gum pink and grey in a quilted diamond pattern set the tone for Amy’s “Love is the Key to My Heart” table theme. The quilting is repeated in the backdrop, on the key cupcakes and all over the custom paper products (beautiful!).

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A macaroon tower, ruffled buttercream cake, strawberry milk served in “Be Mine” glasses, heart cookies and custom chocolate bars are just a few of my favorite confectioneries. Mix in pounds of pink candies (in every shade) and you have the perfect girl’s night, too!

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I love the thoughtful details of paper flags in cups of strawberry milk… If you’re planning on a special evening for two, choose your favorite desserts and deliver in a simple to-go box to make your sweetie smile {strawberry milk in thermos optional!}. Amy’s little pink boxes tied with a light grey ribbon make a pretty little delivery package….

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