Simple & Pretty Holiday Ornament Display: A Clear Cake Stand!

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While I am all about coordinating colors and design to make things pretty, our Christmas tree is a design-free zone - it is filled with mismatched (and sometimes tacky) ornaments that hold so many memories for each of us, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! This year we realized we had way more ornaments than would fit on the tree, and we almost threw some of these metallic ball-shaped ones away.

As I was cleaning the kitchen, including our clear cake stand (that doubles as a punch bowl, hello!), I couldn’t help but think about a fun way to display the ornaments that didn’t make the cut on the tree - so I placed them inside the cake stand! It turned out to be a pretty little display case to add a pop of color in the living room :)

Now that I did this, I’m thinking of all kinds of other things you could store - leftover garland and red bows, silver tinsel, fake snow and trees - the possibilities are endless! So what do you think? Yay or nay?

  • Missy says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    Super creative! I love it!

  • Faith says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    i say yay! yay! yay!
    so pretty! love it!

  • bethany says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    100% yay! I always wind up stashing extra ornaments in decorative bowls, and if they’re plastic, along window ledges or bookshelves. Its better than letting them sit in a dusty box all season, right? :)

  • Laura *You Stir Me* says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    so much yay! I have a trifle dish that I always do this to during the holidays! It’s so pretty and such a quick statement to add to your decor:) And I support the design free zone with the Christmas tree..ours will always be one too:)

  • Ariella says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    Cute! This is the kind of stuff my mother is great at thinking of. I, on the other hand, wouldn’t have thought of it if I didn’t see this post.

  • Michelle says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    YAY! I love it. Curious how it is also a punch bowl?!

  • Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    Perfect little accent of Christmas :-)

  • valery says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    oohh! Great idea. I always see those coordinated ornament sets (like scenes from nutcracker, or 12 days of christmas) and want to get them but display them together and this would be perfect!

  • shawna says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    Jacin! This is so cute. I just did the same thing in my house buy upside down, using the bowl! SO CUTE!

  • birdie to be says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    What a cute idea! Love the colors!

  • Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    Fabulous idea! I love it!

  • Lena says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    How darling–I love it!

  • Leah says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    Definitely YAY! My roomates and I did this in a bowl on our living room table this year..it’s so cute! I can’t wait for ornaments to go on sale after Christmas so I can do it again next year! :)

  • Aleah + Nick says on December 15, 2011 Reply

    Loving that color combination - how stunning!

  • Diana says on December 15, 2011 Reply

    LOVE!! I love the colors of your Christmas ornaments!! We had some old ones that I was going to get rid of a few yrs ago and put them in a vase and one of those Christmas cookie tins! :) Merry Christmas!!

  • The Demoiselle says on December 16, 2011 Reply

    Simple and Easy & SUPER pretty! Great idea!!

  • Orange County Wedding Photographer | Lori Anderson says on December 16, 2011 Reply

    LOVE this idea! We added some ornaments to an old hurricane vase for our table this year. But I have a cake stand we can do this with next year!

  • Rycrafty says on December 17, 2011 Reply

    Love it! I have a tray of glass ball ornaments on my coffee table.
    I have to say, as much as I think styled trees in magazines are gorgeous, I love it when home trees are just a mish-mash. There is no order or theme to ours, it is just all our favourite ornaments. Handmade, storebought, fabric, plastic, glass, clay…. it’s everything and I love it!

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