The tiered cupcake stand is the standard style that is used for almost any event that has cupcakes. There are a few other styles of cupcake stands, but they usually aren’t as stylish and effective. As for the styles of tiered cupcake stands, there are quite a few and I want to examine the pros and cons of each in this post so that you can make a good decision on which you need for your event!
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Flat Tier Cupcake Stands
These are the most universal and versatile style of stands out there. They come in 3, 4, 5, and 6 tiers, and have a flat surface on each tier. If you plan on getting multiple uses out your stand, this is the way to go. Since the tiers are flat, they are flexible in the number of cupcakes they can hold. You can load them full, or with less and fill the empty space with decorations.
Many large tiered cupcake stands can hold upwards of 150 cupcakes, and there are smaller ones that will hold two dozen or less. If you are looking for a size that you can get a ton of use out of, a mid-sized 3 tier cupcake stand is perfect for that. A stand that will hold 36 to 48 cupcakes and has flat tiers will get the most use.
Wire Cupcake Stands
Wire cupcake stands look really cool and have “pseudo tiers” that make it look more like a tree than a stand. Whatever you call them, they fall into the tiered category! While these look really cool, they are designed to hold a specific number of cupcakes. In the case that you need more or less cupcakes than the stand holds, you’ll need to get something else (or just host parties that are always the exact same size!).
Even if you might only get one or two uses out of the stand, wire ones are still really cool to use. I love the way that they look, and so do many other people. They work great for kid’s birthday parties since those tend to have a smaller number of attendees. If you need something that is easy, good looking, and doesn’t need any other decoration the wire stand is a great choice.
Styrofoam Cupcake Stands
If you’ve read our other post on the Sweet Server Cupcake Stand, you probably know that we’re not a huge fan of styrofoam. That doesn’t mean that they might not work out well for you. The biggest problem that you’ll run into with this style of tiered cupcake stand is that they break very easily.
On the good side, they are very affordable and can be recycled in some areas as soon as you’re finished. Just be sure to also check out cardboard cupcake stands as a “greener” alternative to styrofoam.
As you can see, tiered cupcake stands are everywhere and are the standard style. There are a ton of choices out there, so figure out how big yours needs to be first, then start narrowing down the field until you find the one that suits all of your needs!