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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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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A cool Ice-Cream cooler!

Want to keep your ice-cream cool throughout your entire party?  

Like to turn a simple tub of vanilla ice-cream into a center piece and topic of conversation?

Interested in hearing plenty of ooh's and ah's?

It is very easy to make a stunning ice-cream cooler!  

Follow these instructions for a single ice-cream cooler:

  1. Choose a container that can fit into your freezer that is big enough to hold your tub of ice-cream and has sides that are as high as the tub of  ice-cream.
  2. Partly fill it with cold water.
  3. Add the tub of ice-cream.
  4. Add ice around the tub of ice-cream (you want to use ice rather than water so that the ice-cream doesn't begin to melt.)
  5. Add fruit that matches the theme.  I added strawberries and blueberries.  
  6. Weigh down the tub of ice-cream with something heavy.  I used another tub of ice-cream as I have limited freezer space, so used what needed to stay in the freezer in any case.
  7. Leave overnight to freeze well.  
  8. Transport to your party location in the container and then run some warm water on the outside of the container to melt the ice a little bit.
  9. Place the solid block of ice with the ice-cream tub inside it on a dish or tray that will be able to hold the water as it slowly melts.
  10. Voila!  You are all set and guests can serve themselves throughout your party without your having to run backwards and forwards to your freezer in an effort to keep the ice-cream cool!

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