The 3-Tier Tray: Benefits of This Must-Have Serving Piece - The Brooklyn Teacup

The 3-Tier Tray: Benefits of This Must-Have Serving Piece

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 pastries and croissants served on a 3 tier tray made from blue and white fine china for brunch

Not so long ago, the 3-Tier Tray was almost exclusively associated with afternoon tea and the precious, delicate cakes and goodies served on the different levels. But today 3-tier serving pieces are enjoyed in a variety of contexts. Why do we love this versatile tabletop powerhouse for more than just afternoon tea? Keep reading to find out!


The Benefits of a 3-Tier Tray

1. Makes Any Occasion a Special Occasion

There’s a reason royalty has been using 3-tier trays for hundreds of years:  they're just plain classy. And fear not, you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to make something worthy of plating on your chic tray. The multi-level design creates a striking silhouette that can make even the most last-minute snacks and accents look effortlessly elegant.

2. Dresses Up Ordinary Snacks

Wine and cheese easy entertaining outdoors. Three tiered serving tray displays cheese, charcuterie, grapes, & crackers along with rose wine.

A 3-Tier serving tray makes it incredibly easy to transform store-bought snacks into something more gourmet. Forget about spending hours in the kitchen.  Grab some cupcakes from the store, pop them on your tray, and voilàan elegant display that's ready for a celebration, or for when you just want to zhuzh up a weeknight meal.

3. Effortless Presentation, Stat

3-Tier Stand Assembly with three blue and white vintage china plates and cake stand hardware

Just learn you have guests dropping by? No problem! Use your trusty 3-Tier serving tray to create an effortlessly chic grazing board in no time. With just a few twists of the wrist, you can assemble your tray and also put together an impressive and inviting spread.

Shop our ever-changing selection of 3-Tier Serving Trays and Display Stands made from vintage china. 

4. Saves Space on Your Surfaces

3 tier serving tray at potluck. Serving baked goods on 3 tiers. Saving space thanks to vertical plates

A 3-Tier serving tray simplifies your spread, giving your buffet area or dessert or coffee station an elegant and tidy look that's sure to impress your guests. This statement piece is especially useful for those who entertain in small spaces, as it saves valuable counter space.

5. Separate Levels Can Help Guests with Food Sensitivities

The multi-level design of a 3-tier tray is perfect for showcasing an assortment of snacks while also providing clear visual distinctions between different foods. This is especially helpful for guests with food sensitivities. Unlike a single-level cheese board, a 3-tier tray allows you to keep gluten-free crackers separate from the regular ones, and to isolate a strong-smelling cheese from the rest of your offerings. By doing so, you ensure that even your pickiest guests can find something they'll enjoy, and they'll appreciate your thoughtfulness and consideration for their needs. Basically, you'll be the ultimate hostess with the mostest.

Not Just for food! 3-Tier Trays as Event Decor

6. An Eye-Catching Alternative to Floral Centerpieces

3-tier trays are not only versatile for dining and entertaining at home, they can also help set a festive and sophisticated tone at an event. No matter the occasion, use as a centerpiece to enhance your tabletop decor, using anything from tea lights and flowers to tinsel and ornaments to set the tone. For inspiration related to decorating your tiered tray, check out our Tiered Tray Styling Tips Board on Pinterest.

7. Pretty & Practical Display Stand in Every Room3 tiered jewelry stand on bedroom dresser made from floral vintage china.

3-tier trays also shine outside of dining and entertaining. On a dresser or vanity,  why not use one to showcase your favorite pieces of jewelry? Instead of keeping them hidden away in a box, keep your sparkles where you can see and enjoy them. Plus, it'll make accessorizing your outfit that much easier!

tiered plate stand made from vintage lenox china. Used as a catchall for loose change, subway cards, etc.

Don't limit yourself to using 3-tier trays only in your bedroom or bathroom. They can also be used in your family room or entryway to replace uninspiring and bulky catchalls, valets, or bowls. These trays provide a stylish and functional storage solution for all those miscellaneous items, such as keys, sunglasses, and loose change, while also adding personality and charm to any surface.

A Timeless Gift:
The 3-Tier Serving Tray

8. The Perfect Gift for Those Who Love to Entertain

three tier cake stand made from delicate fine china wrapped as a wedding gift in cellophane with a pink bow.

If you're looking for a thoughtful gift for someone who loves to entertain, a 3-tier serving tray is a fantastic choice. These versatile pieces are not only practical and beautiful, they add character to any surface. It's the ideal wedding or housewarming gift they never knew they needed, but will appreciate for creating memories and special moments for years to come.


In summary, here are the main benefits of using a 3-tier tray:

  • Makes any occasion a special occasion, adding a touch of class and elegance.

  • Dresses up ordinary snacks, allowing you to transform store-bought items into gourmet displays effortlessly.

  • Provides effortless presentation in a snap, creating chic grazing boards with just a few twists of the wrist.

  • Saves space on your surfaces, simplifying your spread with a single 3-tier tray instead of multiple plates and platters.

  • Can be used as a decorative centerpiece at your next gathering or holiday. Incorporating elements like tea lights, candles, flowers, or other decorative accessories can easily elevate your tabletop decor.

  • Is not just for food, as it can be used to showcase jewelry or as a catch-all for loose items in the bedroom, bathroom, family room, or entryway.

  • Makes for an excellent wedding or housewarming gift, providing a practical and beautiful addition to the recipient's entertaining repertoire.

Shop our stunning collection of 3-Tier Trays at
The Brooklyn Teacup and see the benefits for yourself.

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