How to Decorate with a Cake Stand

I love my cake stands! A cake stand does the same thing for a simple pie, as high heels do for a girl!  

  • Elevate that peach pie on the cake stand and it is time to party!  
  • Place a cupcake on a cake stand and you have a celebration!

If you have extra money in your budget, buy yourself a simple cake stand.  You will add fun and pizzazz to every day meals and you'll use it over and over for celebrations and special events.



  1. A cake (now that is a surprise!)
  2. Special desserts that deserve VIP treatment such as macaroons
  3. Cupcakes and petit fours- they can even be used instead of a wedding cake
  4. Fruit- fresh berries are beautiful for a brunch
  5. Hard boiled eggs- I add my bird salt and pepper shakers
  6. Seasonal decorations-Easter lambs, fall pumpkins and gourds, Christmas decorations
  7. Flower arrangements- add a few blooms to your favorite tea cup and set it up high
  8. Salt, mini lights, some greenery and a little bird for a winter scene (check out the instructionalvideo here)
  9. Ribbons, feathers, souvenirs from your travels, books piles on the sides with spines showing
  10. A couple of framed photos of your honored guest can be placed in the centre of the table

The simple act of serving a cake on a cake stand makes the entire event feel more special.  

I served my friend from India a simple birthday cake on one of my favorite cake stands and he was so delighted and appreciated it so much.  Look at his face!

Heartistry Tip:  I used a bundt pan and then put a single bloom in the middle of the cake and added some candles. Very easy, yet effective.


Just for a laugh! Look at my online order that arrived!

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I would love to hear how you use your cake stand.  Please share comments below.  You are welcome to post photos on our Heartistry Facebook page too.

Appreciation Dinner-Valentine's Day or any day!

Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to host an appreciation dinner to encourage and honor your family and friends.  A couple of years ago, Valentine’s Day fell on the same evening as the routine meeting of our prayer group, so I decided to host a dinner for them. It was a great success! 

Welcome activity:

Even adults can have a lot of fun doing an activity or craft.  It may bring back memories of kindergarten but will lead to lots of good laughs!  Put out paper and supplies and as people arrive, ask them to make a couple of Valentine’s Day cards. You will use these later for an activity.  It is great for people to have something to do while waiting for all the guests to arrive.

The Table:

I decorated the table using a white table cloth with a strip of tulle (ballet dancer's fabric) with little, white LED lights under it.  It looked so festive.  I added red and white heart napkins/serviettes and used shop bought cookies as part of the table centerpiece. I arranged the cards that had been made on the side table.


I chose pink and red food to tie in with the theme.  Check out the Easy Valentine's Day Dinner blog for all the details and a video that shows step by step what to do.

Affirmation Exercises:

After dinner (or in between the main course and dessert), ask people to take 5 minutes and write a note of appreciation for someone else at the table.  Give them prompts such as, “Write about the character trait that you appreciate about them or how they have touched your life in some way.”

If everyone knows everyone else, have them write a card for the person to the left of them, or you can draw names.  If people do not all know each other, pre-decide who should write about whom and let them know.  Encourage people to be quiet and stay focused while they write.

After everyone has finished writing, give them the chance to read the card out loud to the person before giving it to them.  Encourage the person receiving the affirmation to listen quietly and soak it in just like a sponge. You will be amazed how deeply people are impacted by hearing powerful and loving words being spoken over them.

Second Activity:

Give everyone a number of small pieces of paper, equivalent to the number of guests.  You can also give heart shaped pieces of paper if you have the time to make them.

Get everyone’s attention.  Explain that you will call out one person’s name and then everyone will write the first thing that comes to mind that they appreciate about that person on a piece of paper.  They will only have a few seconds to do it. Once they have written the word, they will hand it to the person face down.  That person doesn’t read them but just leaves the pile of words in front of them.  You randomly call out name after name until people have written one word for each person.  Then give people time to look at their words.  Many times people begin to laugh (and sometimes even cry) as they read what people have said.  Then go around the table and have people read out loud what others have said about them.

As people declare out loud the truth of who people see them to be, they feel encouraged and strengthened. 

(I have even done this exercise with executives in a start-up company in San Francisco and seen the same powerful result.  When I asked one of the women attending, she told me in front of everyone, that this had been one of the most significant moments of her working career.  How much we need to hear encouraging words, even from our colleagues!)

I encourage you to host a special dinner and spend the time affirming one another.  It will be one of the most meaningful evenings ever!

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Setting a Surprise 6 Minute Christmas Table

My husband Brett and I are staying with friends in South Africa.  Christmas doesn't seem quite the same here as it is the middle of summer.  I decided to set a simple but festive Christmas table while my friends were out, using what I could find in their home.  I added in a table cloth I had with me (I had bought the fabric to use as a large picnic blanket during the Heartistry Experience) plus one of my favorite decorating items, my lights.  I just love my little strings of mini-LED, battery operated lights and they travel with me in my suitcase.  I have used them over and over to turn a normal meal into a celebration! (You can purchase the lights at a hardware store such as Orchard Supply or buy them on  Look for string of battery operated LED lights.)

I picked some greenery from the garden to use as the centerpiece.  The searched through my friend's cupboard and chose two vases.  I partially filled both of them with water, added the greenery to the smaller one and put it inside the larger vase.  I added cherries to the water of the larger vase.  I would have liked to use fresh cranberries but didn't have them due to it being summer here in South Africa and I was using what I could find in the fridge!

I added the pretty napkins/serviettes that I had brought my friend earlier in the week and strung the little lights around the vase and along the length of the table.  I added the silverware and glasses, and voila, the table was set!  Surprise!

Watch this short video to see how to set a simple and hurriedly thrown together table!  Please SHARE with friends and check out our Heartistry Youtube Channel.

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