DIY Tiered Plates Fit for a Tea Party

September 11, 2013

Every other week, Anna Hezel talks about the innovations, decorations, and other quiet touches that make a party memorable.

Today: Turn mismatched plates and candlesticks into props for your next tea party.

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Tiered plates are hard to come by these days, but they make so much sense -- they save tabletop space, feel nostalgic, and look pretty. A few months ago, a friend told me that she had made her own tiered plates for a party, using some china and old brass candlesticks. This struck me as a pretty genius way to turn household odds and ends into some good-looking party props, so I gave it a try myself.

The results were fit for a cozy early-autumn tea party -- the perfect vessels for tomato sandwiches, stonefruit, ginger cookies, and rosemary shortbread. If you find yourself craving a bout of baking and entertaining as the warm weather wanes, I would urge you to do the same.

If you're really ambitious and can get your hands on the right equipment, give Apartment Therapy's tutorial a try. Otherwise, pick up a few $.99 plates and platters from Fishs Eddy and gather up some old candlesticks you have lying around.

More: 12 quick breads, muffins, and scones to put on your new tiered trays.


- plates in a few different sizes
- brass, wooden, or iron candlesticks
- super glue


1. Apply a little bit of super glue to each end of a candlestick.

2. Carefully set it down in the very center of a larger plate. Set a slightly smaller plate at the top of the candlestick, making sure that it is centered before you allow the plate to make contact with the glue.

3. Place a heavy book on the top plate, and allow the glue to dry for at least an hour. If you'd like a plate with three tiers, repeat with another candlestick and another plate that is smaller yet.

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Kitchen B. September 12, 2013
Great tips....will try. Thank you
mrslarkin September 11, 2013
love this! if you want to use your own plates and household items again, that squishy stuff for wall posters is pretty strong, removable, and reusable.
Anna H. September 12, 2013
That's a brilliant idea—I'll have to try that!