I’ve always been a fan of footed dishes and cake stands and, when setting up for a party, often end up wishing that I had a few more. Many years ago Marcie created a 1950’s-looking footed compote for a tablesetting story by hot-gluing a simple white plate onto an inverted white bowl. I've kept her idea in the back of my head as a solution for my tablesetting woes. After collecting a mix of inexpensive tabletop items, I decided to give it a try. I found plain white plates and bowls, restaurant supply shop basic white cookware like ramekins, quiche pans, blue and white vintage and Asian patterned bowls, teacups and plates and both new and vintage enamelware all from Chinatown shops, IKEA, or online. Inspired by Nymphenburg Porcelain, I also decided to play with adding vintage flowers, birds and ceramic fish that I found online on Ebay and at Pearl River. The results are in “Make a Stand” on page 83 of our September issue.
Ceramic fish-shaped chopstick rests from Pearl River and tiny birds found on eBay. (used on edges of the stands in top photo)
I stacked two stands to make a tiered cookie plate. The tiers can be glued together--or use poster putty for a temporary bond.
The stands can be used for organizing--here on a kitchen counter.
You can also find enamelware at camping stores and websites. This store has very classic enamelware and will ship to the US.
Bowls and tumblers, which I found on eBay and Etsy, make great bases for the stands.
The enamels stands are sturdy and lightweight--perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Vintage birds and rose candleholder--all found on eBay for a few dollars apiece.
Floral and gold bowls and plate--also found on eBay.
The bowls and plates with bases made from orphaned teacups, bowls and mini sake cups and dressed up with the found knickknacks.
Next time you're having a party, take a look around your house and see what you can find to create these easy footed dishes!