One thing that should always be a staple at any party are cake stands. They are soooo not just for cakes! I use cakes stands for everything. I stack them to make a tiered stand to fill with cupcakes, cookies, appetizers, or gifts. I decorate them with gourds, Christmas ornaments, wildflowers, potted plants, and candles. Or use them in your kitchen to hold spices and oils, or in your bathroom to hold perfume, jewelry, or make-up.
The one downfall to cake stands is that they are so very often a bit pricey. So, why not make your own? It's so easy it's ridiculous. And by making your own you can add your own personal style. Me, I absolutely love vintage anything, but you can use any plates and candlesticks you like. Just make sure the candlesticks are sturdy (tall skinny ones won't work that great). Search Etsy or local antique / thrift shops for some plates and glass candlesticks, and once you have found some favorites simply glue the two together with some Loctite glass glue, which you can pick up from Home Depot. Leave the stands upside down for 24 hours for them to completely seal and dry. It's THAT simple.
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:
Bottom plate image via 1StopRetroShop.com