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Party Planner says: 3 Tiered Stands are Great for Party Buffets

Updated on January 19, 2014

A 3 tired server is one of my all time favorite items to use on a buffet table at a party or event. The menu can be anything from appetizers to main course to desserts. It's so versatile. It holds the food for your guests but a whole lot more, too.

They are also great from a design standpoint. They allow you to put into practice 4 of the most common decorating basics:

  • Varying Heights
  • Layering
  • Textures & Colors
  • Use Odd Numbers

Vertical Height -

Go Up! If your buffet table is small, using vertical space will allow you to get all the food on the table but still accessible to your guests.

You can utilize the space under the 3 tiered server as well. Fill it will more food options, greenery or florals or other decor that goes along with your theme or color scheme.

It's also pleasing to the eye to follow lines that go up and down.

Layering -

With these stands, I can layer items easily. The concept of the stand already has a base of layering in that you place a plate or platter over the metal stand. This can be carried further by adding decor, fabric or more foods at the base of the stand.

Textures & Colors -

My stand is made of metal while the plates I use are glass or ceramic. These are two different textures and colors already. By changing up the color of the plates to go along with your theme or color scheme, I am adding another element from design basics.

Fabrics or greenery at the base of the stand with decor or food added also gives me more colors and textures.

Odd Numbers -

Somewhere, a long time ago, it was determined that odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye. These 3 tiered stands are a perfect way to incorporate that design/decorating guideline.

With something as simple as a 3 tiered stand, you can make your party buffet or candy table stand out and be remembered. I use mine all the time! (See the pictures below).

It's definitely a piece a go back to party after party. They are wonderful gifts, too. For weddings, housewarmings, bridal showers, birthdays and more!

My 3 tiered stand is old so it doesn't have the awesome bling the one on the right has. But, I don't know what I'd do without mine, I use it so often. Do you have a favorite 3 tiered stand?

Godinger Dublin 3-Tier Server
Godinger Dublin 3-Tier Server

The style of this 3 tiered server is both modern and traditional at the same time. The rectangle shape of the plates makes it more modern while the swirls of the metal work gives it a more traditional look.

 
4-Piece Stacia Serving Bowl Set
4-Piece Stacia Serving Bowl Set

Sometimes, you need a bowl rather than a plate. I use mine for chips, dips, crackers and even shrimp and cocktail sauce!

 
Creative Home 73044 3-Tier Dessert Plate Rack, 18.5-Inch H
Creative Home 73044 3-Tier Dessert Plate Rack, 18.5-Inch H

Other times, you just want a traditional 3 tiered plate stand. They are actually very versatile. Plates, pies or party platters look very nice displayed on a rack like this.

 

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Pinwheels on a spring buffet. I used clear Fostoria plates here. Note the greenery at the base of the 3 tiered stand.Same 3 tiered stand now taking on a patriot style! I used white plates for this red, white and blue affair by the pool!This vintage Halloween buffet table used the 3 tiered stand to hold luscious brownie bites. I used clear plates again here to not interfere with decorFor this tropical themed buffet, I used a different style stand with fixed tiers. Still looks great!Sometimes, you just need a bowl. I use this stand for chips, dips and even shrimp and cocktail sauce!
Pinwheels on a spring buffet. I used clear Fostoria plates here. Note the greenery at the base of the 3 tiered stand.
Pinwheels on a spring buffet. I used clear Fostoria plates here. Note the greenery at the base of the 3 tiered stand.
Same 3 tiered stand now taking on a patriot style! I used white plates for this red, white and blue affair by the pool!
Same 3 tiered stand now taking on a patriot style! I used white plates for this red, white and blue affair by the pool!
This vintage Halloween buffet table used the 3 tiered stand to hold luscious brownie bites. I used clear plates again here to not interfere with decor
This vintage Halloween buffet table used the 3 tiered stand to hold luscious brownie bites. I used clear plates again here to not interfere with decor
For this tropical themed buffet, I used a different style stand with fixed tiers. Still looks great!
For this tropical themed buffet, I used a different style stand with fixed tiers. Still looks great!
Sometimes, you just need a bowl. I use this stand for chips, dips and even shrimp and cocktail sauce!
Sometimes, you just need a bowl. I use this stand for chips, dips and even shrimp and cocktail sauce!

What do you think? Can 3 tiered serving stands add to your buffet table?

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Love the tiered dessert and food stands!

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      DecoratingEvents 3 years ago

      @favored: You are so kind! Thank you!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      You always have such beautiful ideas for the perfect gathering.

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      DecoratingEvents 3 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: So very true, my friend!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Wow! What a beautiful 3 tiered stand and server! I absolutely love it! It would be so beautiful on any table or buffet and it doesn't hurt one bit that it help organize and save space :) Just goes to show, utilitarian does NOT equal ugly.

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      DecoratingEvents 3 years ago

      @Ruthi: Never heard that! LOL

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      DecoratingEvents 3 years ago

      @sousababy: Never! I'm sure you're a wonderful cook! I agree though, the step or swings are my favorite too. Though, I have used the stacked to hold plates for guests -- real and paper.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      I really like the kind that have an option to "swing out" (tiered stands, that is) or even the "step" style stands because I find that with the stacked tiers people don't eat the stuff in the middle (as much). Of course, it could be my cooking.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Interesting the 'odd number' thing in party design! I wonder if that applies to the guest list too?