Cereal, rice, oatmeal, or other boxes
Decorative paper or cloth
Tape or glue
A Styrofoam block to hold the cake pops, a wire rack to hold bags of popcorn, a tiered stand for the cupcakes – it gets to where there’s more involvement of stands and holders than actual foods. You’re still going to need those holders for the guests’ treats but you don’t have to shop online and pay 20 bucks or more to have a stand for party food. Just look to your kitchen cupboards to find what you need. A cereal box, rice box, or other container, will work fabulously to make an eye-appealing table arrangement where all of the foods are presented nicely.
When you use something like a cereal box as the stand on a table you can make it much prettier by simply covering it with paper. Wrap it like a gift and tape it closed at each end. Then, use a glass, cookie cutter, or something similar, to draw holes. Cut out the holes or other shapes. Cut tiny holes and you can slide in the sticks of cake pops. Make the holes much larger and you can present cupcakes in the cereal box. There are many different arrangements that you can craft when you use boxes and other containers for party treat stands.
Even though a Styrofoam block holds cake pops steady, the same can be said of an oatmeal canister. Cover it – and the lid – with pretty paper or cloth. Poke holes down the sides of the canister, as well as in the lid, to hold many cake pops. Roll an old towel up, and put it in the canister, and the pops will not fall out, lean down, or otherwise move.
Glue the flaps of a rice or cereal box down and cut the front panel off. Line the inside of the box with cloth or paper; do the same to the outside so that no one can tell it’s a food box. Use it to hold cupcakes, sandwiches, finger foods, and more. Make it into a tiered arrangement by gluing each box onto a disposable cup.
There are many boxes and containers from the kitchen cupboards that can be transformed into pretty holders for foods at a party. Use a saltine cracker box, a taco kit box, a popcorn box or others. Cover a gelatin box and use it as a single cupcake stand. Cover a 12 pack soda box and make a center-of-the-table cupcake display.
Things that aren’t boxes, but are still food containers, can also be food holders at a party. Try a Pringles can for a cake pop tree, a canned nut container as a single cupcake stand or a cake pop stand. You’ll never have to buy party food stands again!