Best 3-Tier Cake Stands for Tea Time

Nothing says afternoon tea like a three-tier stand. Here are my picks for 3-tiered trays that are pretty, functional, and in a range of prices.

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3-Tier Cake Stands

If anything represents afternoon tea, it’s the 3-tier cake stand. With each tier filled with savories, scones, and sweets, it’s a delight to behold.

Invite family or friends over for a cup of tea and serve small bites on a 3-tier stand and watch their eye light up!

If you want to serve afternoon tea properly, use each of the tiers to hold a course. Start from the bottom and move up. Savories at the bottom, scones with cream and jam in the middle, and sweets on top.

RELATED: Afternoon Tea Course Order

What to Look for When Buying a 3-Tier Cake Stand

  • White or light in color
    I like white or a light pink cake stands since you can use it over and over again without getting sick of the color or pattern. Plus, the blank canvas lets the food take the spotlight.
  • Sturdiness
    You don’t want anything that is unstable so look for one that can stand on its own without wobbling. (Note: the card stock paper stands are always a little less sturdy.)
  • Size
    Think of the size of your table when buying a cake stand. Remember that a teapot, tea cups, and small plates also need to go on the table along with the cake stand so don’t get one that’s too big.
  • Top tier shouldn’t be too small
    I’ve seen some cake stands with tiny top tiers and they’re not very functional. Make sure the top tier can hold food.

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My Picks for Best 3-Tier Cake Stands:

For Tea Time for Two:

For More Than Two People:

Other Recommended Cake Stands:

 

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8 Comments

  • Miyuki Kuwahata
    10 months ago

    Where can I buy three tires of afternoon tea? l’m looking for pineapple three tires.

    • Oh, How Civilized
      10 months ago

      Hi Miyuki, I haven’t seen a pineapple one but you can try a search on Amazon.com.

  • Vanessa Johnson
    7 months ago

    I need 12 (3-tier) servers for a church tea. Having a difficult time finding good pricing. Please help

    • Oh, How Civilized
      7 months ago

      Hi Vanessa, a lot of the 3 tiers I have in the post are around $20 – $25. I would suggest not doing a tiered stand and putting the food out on pretty platters.

  • 6 months ago

    I am trying to find the price and possibly order the ring cake stand. The click goes to a dysfunctional page.

    • Oh, How Civilized
      6 months ago

      Hi Irene, which cake stand exactly? I checked all the links and they’re going to the correct sites.

  • Rebecca Emmons
    2 months ago

    I’ve used my 3-tiered stands for small buffet tables but am uncertain how to use when 6 or 8 are seated at the table. Do they each reach for their goodies, or do you pass each plate off the stand, or pass the whole stand?? Surely not the latter?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      2 months ago

      Hi Rebecca, ideally, you don’t want to take the plates off the stand and pass it around and you don’t want to pass around the stand either. If you can, place multiple stands within easy reaching distance for each person. For a table of 6-8, I would place at least 2 stands so that everyone can get food off the stands without reaching.

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