Nothing says afternoon tea like a three-tier stand. Here are my picks for three-tiered trays that are pretty, functional, and in a range of prices.
3-Tier Cake Stands
If anything represents afternoon tea, it’s a 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!
Afternoon Tea Tip: 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.
What to Look for When Buying a 3-Tier Cake Stand
- White or light in color
I like a white or light pink cake stand 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.
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.)
Think of the size of your table when buying a cake stand. Remember that a teapot, tea cups, and small plates also need to fit 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.
My Pick for Best 3-Tier Cake Stand:
Other Recommended Cake Stands:
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Questions You May Have
2-tiered stands are cute, but they don’t hold everything you need for a proper afternoon tea service which is made up of 3 courses.
I find that once you put food on a glass plate, it starts to look messy.
Serve breakfast or lunch buffets with different food options on each plate. It’s great for holiday parties since it saves space. You can also use it all year to hold fruit.
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