When I received the package inside the box there were various pieces of styrofoam besides the cake set. It wasn't visible what was what until each piece was taken out. Only then did I see that the extra pieces were left over from when the block of styrofoam was cut. It was not necessary to be there, but once I made the dummy cake, those extra pieces can be used to extend the bottom tier by about 2 inches if wrapped correctly before constructing the cake.I was disappointed in the quality of the styrofoam. It..