Cake Stand Made from a candlestick and charger plate

Sweets Bars and Buffets make an impressive display at any event.  They serve as decor, dessert, and even favors.  Today the types of bars and buffets seem endless, you can take any food and turn it into a self-serve bar or buffet.  The standard old candy and dessert bars have been joined by cupcake bars, s’mores bars, donut buffets, cookie buffets, pie bars, and more.

The main thing all bars and buffets have in common is presentation.  You can take store bought Oreos, display it nicely and you have an impressive cookie buffet.  Serving a store bought cake on a pretty cake stand looks more appetizing than serving a homemade cake in it’s baking pan.  Presentation is everything! It goes without saying that everything presented should be delicious!

When organizing your sweets bar, or any bar for that matter, pay close attention to your display.  Use clean pretty serving dishes.  Add interest by varying the heights, shapes, colors, and textures of your serving containers.  Decorate your table with fun items in your party theme or color scheme.  Buffet cards are a nice touch, they let guests know what everything is.

You don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on serving dishes.  I buy many of mine from discount stores like Ross, TJ Max, and other outlets.  You can also create unique serving dishes and bowls from garage sale finds, dollar store bargains, and things you already have in the kitchen.  You can take mismatched china, glassware, and candlesticks and turn them into pretty cake stands, serving trays, and more.  You’ll be amazed at what a tube of glue, some screws, and a can of spray paint can do.

So clean out your pantries and hit garage sales, get ready to make pretty serving dishes. Here are a few DIY Sweets Buffet Stands to inspire you!

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I made this tall bowl from a metal candle stick and bowl I found on the clearance rack at Home Goods.  The cake stand pictured above is made from a candlestick from Home Goods and a charger plate I found in my mother’s kitchen.

I glued them together with E6000 craft adhesive available at craft stores and on

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I love using candlesticks because they come in different heights.

This cake stand by Chicabug is made from a tart pan and candlestick purchased from the Dollar Store.

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This Pottery Barn inspired 3 tiered stand by The Crafting Chick is made from thrift store finds costing her $6, a major savings, the Pottery Barn version is has a $69 price tag.

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This assortment of cake stands and pedestals found on Inspiration Cafe uses items crafter Sherry of Thrift My House found at thrift stores.

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These colorful stands by Sweet Sugar Belle would make eye catching dishes for any buffet.  They’re made from thrift store finds, E6000 adhesive, and spray paint.  You can make them in every color you want!

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For more ideas follow my board on DIY Tiered Stands on Pinterest!