Party Panache, Playing with Dishes

I am a confessed dish-a-holic…. I can’t resist them  😰

In an effort to contain my addiction, I decided to have some fun creating new ways to use things I had…

Once I got started, it was hard to stop! Endless possibilities!

Let’s start with Easter  🐇


Easter serving stand


A small cake stand, perched on a larger ruffle edge cake stand, inside a fluted quiche dish, on a purple charger




With a compote on top


cake stand stack

Here the quiche baker is inverted and used as a pedestal, works either way


Easter Dessert Collage


A crab mug topped with a salad plate and set inside a large shallow bowl would be great for serving shrimp or crab legs, place the seafood on the plate and discard shells into the bowl


stacked dishes serving idea


I found things that were sturdy enough once stacked, that there was no need for securing, but to be on the safe side you can use double sided tape, stick-on velcro strips, or floral sticky putty

If you are totally committed to your creation, make it permanent with E6000 clear adhesive.  This is a great craft glue, widely available, at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or here



crab server collage


A “one of a kind” cup and saucer pairs with a plate for a make-shift breakfast muffin stand



breakfast server


muffin breakfast station


Transform a place setting by inverting the cereal bowl on top of the dinner plate and top with the salad plate and cup or mug


fish dinnerware stack


Fill the cup with dip or salsa and arrange cut up veggies and crackers or chips on the plates


fishy dinnerware stack collage


You can create the dish stack based on the foods you will be serving


stacked server


This server is composed of a fish platter, with a votive candle holder, topped with a ceramic crab wine bottle coaster, holding a shallow bowl



seafood server Collage


Multi level serving pieces are great space savers on the buffet or table also.  With stacked platters you can serve several things in the same amount of space as 1 platter

It makes the buffet visually more interesting too, with varied heights and elements


fish platter stacked with glasses


These two oblong fish platters are placed on a long wood serving board, with the top platter supported by small juice glasses



fish platter stack


Take a look around and see what you can come up with!


Easter treat serving station


stacked dishware server collage


Juicy Details and True Confessions

Home Goods, Pier 1 and Hobby Lobby are my favorite stores for dishes and accessories.  Pieces still available from other stores are sourced below

large Sardinia platter/ Anthropologie

ruffled cake stand and quiche baker/ McKenzie-Childs

I did recently purchase the lettuce pitcher from  In my own defense, I put it on my wish list for at least 2 weeks before purchasing,  showing great restraint  😳

HOP! sign tutorial here


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs

Celebrate and DecorateRustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&J, The Scoop, Something to Talk AboutA Stroll Thru Life 

Crafty Staci,   Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday

Full Plate Thursday, Share Your Style, Work it Wednesday

Home Matters, Idea BoxGet Your DIY On, 


24 Responses to “Party Panache, Playing with Dishes”
  1. Jodi says:

    Such a cute dishaholic you are!!! 😉

  2. Emily says:

    hi Jenna, I see we have this is common, I have such a weakness for dishes! I love all the pretty ways you combined your colors and patterns. You have so many, where do you store them all? I have run out of space!
    Happy rainy Friday…………..

    • My little beach house is about maxed out,Emily! I do have a large armoire that is packed full of all my play things, and is handily located in the great room, but I don’t think I can squeeze another thing in there…Most things I have are not whole sets, but 2s and 4s, so require less space… >

  3. Mary says:

    Jenna, I love your quiche dish inverted as a colorful pedestal. Your MacKenzie-Childs pieces with their pastel jelly bean colors are perfect for Easter! I have used Fixodent Denture Adhesive Cream as temporary “glue” to secure a teacup as a pedestal to serving plate. 🙂

  4. You are truly an artist. Your creativity is amazing even stacking just the right combination. Your colorful dishes are all so much fun. I understand your love for dishes because I have it too. Be glad you have two houses to store them. I’m am in big trouble because my space is maxed out.
    Great post

  5. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Jenna, what great ideas! And so timely. When I have the family over for holiday dinners I always have trouble with the area I serve appetizers: now I am going to try the double platter idea to give me some more room on my counter! Thanks to Mary, too, for the temporary adhesive idea. It’s so nice to know there are fellow tablescapers who understand the true love of dishes!!!
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  6. Kim says:

    Your dishes are just lovely! I see so many pretties when I’m out and about, but storage is my issue. I wish I had a place to keep them all when display was done!!

  7. Such a cute idea, love those little crabs. I too am a dishaholic! I keep finding them in thrift stores, and I have had more complete sets bought and sold than I can say.

  8. This is a great way to make something old something new again. I am drawn into thrift stores like a magnet and working to keep my collection from looking like a junk pile. Thank you for the ideas!

  9. Miss Kitty says:

    Such great ideas for using what we already have to make them more interesting and functional.
    Thanks for all the time I’m sure this blog post took to arrange the dishes and photograph them. I saw your post over at Metamorphosis Monday party.

  10. Rhonda says:

    You have such an awesome, unique collection of dishes! To see how you use and pair them is always a delightful treat! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  11. Jenna, I have the same obsession…it is so hard to resist the temptation! What a fun and creative post with inspiration galore. I love all your MC pieces!

  12. CraftyHope says:

    Oh, so many possibilities!! These are cute, cute, cute. Thank you for reminding me to try to use what I have. Despite my want to reuse and upcycle I still like to shop. While you haven’t cured me, you’ve reminded me to take another look at what I have on hand. 🙂

  13. JESS44903 says:

    Aww….everything looks so cute! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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