By going to thrift shops you could make your own inexpensive cake, cookie, cupcake stands that looks very elegant and gives that dessert buffet a romantic vintage feel. :) I found this idea on http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/vintage-cake-stands-make-your-own/.
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Don't want to fork out big bucks for vintage cake stands? Make your own! Here's the complete tutorial!
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Make your own cake stand.