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Layer Up: 10 Tiered Servers

My blue three-tiered server has fans. Without fail, each time my sister hosts a party, I get the call. Would you, um, mind bringing that over? I’m serving ___. It doesn’t really matter what finger food she’s preparing; the piece can accommodate it all.

The tiered server, while nothing new or particularly special, is the workhorse of serveware. Versatile, space-saving and usually portable—as many sport a handle at top—they come in all materials, a variety of shapes and heights, and with both shallow/flat and deep layers. Vintage versions abound.

Although they have roots in tea service, tiered servers are more than just a platform for scones, tea sandwiches and petit fours. They offer an easy solution for separating different varieties of the same food—vegetarian puffs one top, meat ones in the middle, gluten-free at the bottom—and are the perfect ome for the ubiquitous cupcake or less expected toppings (place cards for a dinner party? Party favors? Cutlery roll-ups?) Thinking about it now, I’m motivated to break mine out for a big batch of sweet potato shooters served in plastic shot glasses. (Now I just need an occasion…)

I’m a big fan of functional serveware that can stand alone as attractive décor or be used for non-party purposes: a bedroom display for jewelry, perfume bottles or brightly colored nail polishes? A great tip if you have heirloom china you love or just want a customized look is to make your own. In the meantime, check out 10 of my favorites below. 

  Rachel Bilson for Edie Rose Peacock two-tiered server (available at Macy's).


MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check tiered server (available at Neiman Marcus).


Tower of Mod (available at One Stop Modern).


Mod Hostess Stand (available from Etsy's High Tea for Alice).


Galvanized metal three-tiered server (available from Pottery Barn).


Mariposa Bird and Branch tiered server (available at Tabula Tua).


  Koziol Babell Tri-Coloured 3-Tiered cake stand (available at Broadway Cookshop). 


Horchow 3-tier acacia wood server. 


Footmen by Jorine (available at The Future Perfect).



Interior Decorating and Design by Christine Sisson
Part of the Second City Soiree Monday Contributor Series. Christine is on Twitter @WordsOnStyle. Read her full bio here.

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