Monday, February 2, 2009

Ruffle a Few Feathers

Graceful and poised, and first introduced some 300 years ago, footed servers have officially made their comeback—and show no signs of waning in popularity.

Use a ruffled, Potluck Studios’ stand (from $35; Feather Your Nest) as a charming platform for prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe wedges, bunches of green and red grapes, or a bevy of mild cheeses. This charming ditty reminds me of the edge of a perfect pie crust and its subdued, feminine style speaks cheeky ’50s.

You could also create a diminutive natural scene with by encasing a bird’s nest (complete with robin’s eggs), a bouquet of pheasant feathers, or a pile of colorful seashells on the stand, with in a clear glass bell jar or cloche. Think of it as a DIY showcase that discourages dust—the added coverage also conjures up some serious curiosity-shop wonder. For a perfect fit, the dome’s diameter should be about ½” smaller than the size of the base. Anchor Hocking makes simple, inexpensive cover-ups (along with servers) of varying sizes. Obviously, cake stands aren’t just for tarts. A.

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