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Atypical Type A - cake stand tutorial

Want to whip up a cake buffet like the one I did for my Mum’s ‘let them eat cake’ party but don’t want to shell out for a whole table full of new servingware? Neither did I, so I hit up my local op shops and hardware store for a DIY option. Check your cupboards first though, you may already have some seen-better-days pieces lying around that would be perfect for this project.

You will need:
Second-hand plates
Second-hand candlesticks
Spray paint


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1. Clean the plates and candlesticks thoroughly. Work out which bases suit which plate.

2. Fill the opening of the candlestick with putty and allow to dry completely (if it is a large hole like the one pictured, for best results fill in stages and allow to dry between each stage). This will give you a nice flat surface for the glue to adhere to.

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3. Turn the plate upside down and glue on the base. Allow to dry.

4. Apply two coats of spray paint. Instead of laying down newspaper, I recommend using a cardboard box for a more effective way of containing overspray.

I was unsure whether the spray paint was food safe, so I erred on the side of caution and made sure there were doilies or cupcake liners between the plate and food. It was an easy project that really tied together the colours of the cake buffet. The best part is that you can simply re-spray if you want a different colour for your next occasion.


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cake buffet labels

I hope you liked the cake buffet that I showed you this morning. As promised, I am providing the scalloped labels as a free download.

cake buffet label vanilla wafers Atypical Type A - cake stand tutorial

cake buffet labels coconut macaroons

1. Download the font and PDF template.
2. Type in the names of your sweet treats.
3. Print on thick, textured cardstock (I used 300gsm watercolour paper).
4. Punch out circles using a craft punch (I used Friskars 2″ / 5cm scalloped circle punch).
5. Attach to ribbon using double-sided tape, or insert into holder.

Use as gift tags (punch a small hole and thread through string or ribbon)
Use as favour labels (print onto adhesive paper instead of cardstock)

No idea what I’m talking about? Get up to speed with the cake buffet and invitations.

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cake buffet 

As I mentioned yesterday, my family and I threw a surprise birthday for my mum last weekend. With the ‘let them eat cake’ theme of the invitation, a cake buffet was a must!

cake buffet 

cake buffet 




Oh, macarons, where have you been all my life? 

I’d like to think that I’m a half decent cook, but baking, well that’s a completely different story. After a bit of trial and error, I got there in the end and am really pleased with how everything turned out (especially my first-ever batch of biscuits – yay!). The cupcake decorations were made using silicone moulds that I bought on Etsy. The crowns and fleur de lys fit the Marie Antoinette theme perfectly. 

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It was held at beautiful Auchendarroch House in the Adelaide Hills. We knew it would be the perfect venue since it features loads of original William Morris designs, who Mum is certifiably obsessed mildly enamoured with. Check out those curtains! 



Mum’s present, with more William Morris goodness on the card. 

The surprise went off without a hitch, Mum didn’t suspect a thing, I reckon we could have scraped her jaw from the floor after she walked in!

Venue: Auchendarroch House
Flowers: Alyssiums
Apothecary jars: Mary & Gabrielle Events
Macarons: Pastille Petite Desserts
Food labels: Akimbo
Photography: By me and my brother Liam

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