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making fancy serving dishes

If all of this virtual tea partying has gotten you thinking that you need to host a real life tea party, then April has just the thing for your next event!

Hi everyone! It’s April from A Little of This and That.

So, you’re throwing a fancy tea party and you slave away in the kitchen all day to make beautiful and delicious tea cakes, petit fours or even cupcakes to serve to your guests. But don’t you want your serving pieces to be just as pretty as what you’re serving? I mean, cupcakes can be cute…but not if they’re sitting on some paper plate, right? YES!

But unless you’ve got the big bucks or you’ve inherited some super-fancy serving pieces from your Great Aunt Bootsy, you most likely don’t just have fancy serving pieces lying around the house.

Well, why not make your OWN serving ware from inexpensive plastic pieces purchased at the dollar store? You can wash and re-use them or toss them afterward…but at a buck-a-piece, it’s not really that bad.

Here’s what you’ll need:
A hot glue gun (and hot glue sticks)
Plastic serving ware from the dollar store or discount store (serving platters, vases, wine goblets, tumblers, bowls, etc)

Here’s the skinny on making them:

A few tips for you creative crafters:

Now, plastic dinnerware is seasonal and can be found in lots of colors and prints, so if the clear thing isn’t for you, then you’ve got options.

Mix up different bases for varying heights. Try plastic wine goblets or plastic tumblers turned upside down.

Make your own trifle bowl with a plastic serving bowl glued onto a skinny plastic flower vase.

Vary the top pieces. I’ve used bowls, round platters, square platters, rectangular trays and even large dinner plates.

Anything goes when you’re doing this…just make sure you don’t put anything TOO heavy on these pieces…they are made of plastic after all!

These work for more than just tea parties, too. Bridal showers, luncheons, birthday parties, even dinner parties…they could all use some serving beautification!

Thanks, April! I can't wait to make some of these in bright colors!


  1. This is such a great idea!

  2. thank you so much of the great idea! Why didn't I ever think of it? I will make a serving platter as well.

  3. LOVE IT! I did this with real plates!
    You have such a great site!


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