August 5, 2013
A Martha Stewart Cake Stand Breakfast (With Cronuts!)
Please enjoy this guest blog posting by Darcy Miller, our Weddings SVP Edit Director
Two weeks ago, I hosted a small breakfast that showcased fun and creative ways to entertain with cake stands. We displayed four different scenarios: ‘Wedding Shower’, ‘Baby Shower’, ‘Back to School’, and ‘Summer Entertaining.' Each scenario featured our Martha Stewart for Macy’s cake stand collection in ways that are not necessarily as conventional as they are functional and charming. Have you ever decorated a cake stand with party favors before? It’s such a fun way to thank guests for coming to a celebration and is also great to leave by the door for friends to grab from as they go. If any of you are thinking about wedding registries, deciding how to decorate an upcoming celebration, or even just want to find more ways to use your cake stands at home, take a look at some of the photos of the breakfast and please let me know if you have any other cake stand ideas!
I’ve found that cake stands are often one of those misunderstood, overlooked items in the kitchen, only taken from the cupboard for special celebrations or for the occasional dessert; they really are more versatile. You can use them over and over for all different occasions, filling them with various items—edible or decorative. What better way to treat your kids or guests than surprising them with their favorite snacks in a cake stand? (Our Martha Stewart for Macy’s black ceramic cake stand looked so sweet with stacked chocolate chip cookies inside!)
I hope that our cake stand ideas inspire you in your entertaining and day-to-day decorating.
1 Wedding Shower: Lisbon gold cake stand and dome with paper flowers (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, $90)
2 DIY favor boxes, from the cover of Weddings' summer 2013 issue, in Lisbon gold cake stand (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's)
3 Dessert for Breakfast: Red velvet cake (from $35, Billy's Bakery) in the embossed cake stand and dome (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, $75)
4 Summer Entertaining: Scalloped cake stand and dome (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, $85)
5 Summer Entertaining: Assorted fruits and succulents in the scalloped cake stand and dome (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's)
6 Summer Entertaining: Chocolate mice favors (Burdick Chocolate) and cheeses in a scalloped cake stand and dome (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's)
8 How-To Station: DIY favor boxes using a Martha Stewart Crafts circle cutter and detail scissors (Michaels). Favor boxes featured on cover of MSW Summer 2013.
9 DIY caterpillar and leaves using gummy worms and vellum paper
10 Back to School: PB & J sandwiches topped with raspberry skewers in black ceramic cake stand with dome (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, $80)
11 Back to School: Chocolate chip cookie stacks in black ceramic cake stand with dome (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's)
12 Back to School: Pink lady apples with handcrafted leaf and caterpillar decorations in black ceramic cake stand & dome (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's), mini milk bottles with farm fresh milk
13 DIY Mimosa Bar: Freshly squeezed juice for breakfast mimosas. Guests chose their own combination and even combined juices
14 You guessed it! The highly sought-after Cronut from Dominique Ansel Bakery
15 Favors: handcrafted boxes filled with chocolate balls, mini Champagne bottles (Chandon Brut Classic, $7)
16 Baby Shower: Sterling silver baby cup (Reed & Barton) filled with striped candy (nycake.com) featured in bird dome with cupcake stand (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, $40)
17 Baby Shower: Sugar flowers in the bird dome cupcake stand (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's)
18 Breakfast chat with Darcy Miller, Rebecca Gruber from Lil Sugar, left, and Catherine Kast from People, right
19 People editor Catherine Kast used a beautiful cake stand to show off a blueberry tart at her shower this past weekend.
20 Guest author/blogger Leeann Lavin's home-inspired vignette with silk flower in the Gold Ruffle cake stand (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, $44.99) See more of Leeann's ideas on Twitter @chefsgarden and @gardenglamour
21 Guest blogger Leann Lavin's inspired cake stand using raffia and mini potted plant in Gold Ruffle cake stand (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's)