I saw these adorable cupcake stands ages ago (ages ago in Kara time translates to a few months ago). I've been collecting plates ever since. I had the worst luck in finding the appropriate candlesticks, so I ended up using cups mostly, plus one vase, and a 5-minute epoxy.
We used two of them the other day for family party, and they worked great. We had M&Ms in the top bowls, cookies around the sides and donuts and peanut butter bars on the bottom. They could also work great for cupcakes, or even veggies and dip. I'm sure we'll be using them a lot.
I picked up the plates and bowl for the blue ones from Walmart on clearance, and they were $1.50 each, with the glass coming from the dollar store. Total cost was $5.50.
These plates came from Savers for $1 each, and the glass from the dollar store. Total cost was $3.
These plates and the glass also from Walmart on clearance at $1 each, for a total cost of $3.
I think this is my favorite. The everything came from Savers. The plates were a dollar each, as was the vase and the little metal cup on top, for a total cost of $4.
The 5 minute epoxy was about $4. I also used it for something else, so I'm calling it an average of $4 per cupcake stand. That's a whole lotta cute for $4.