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You Are Special – Red Plate

I am so excited to finally be able to show you that I’m giving ‘The Red Plate’ tradition as my friend gifts this year! They were so easy to make.

Basically how the tradition works, is that you use the ‘You are Special’ red plate at meal time when someone accomplishes something, gets a good grades, has a birthday, etc.

I made it out of a red charger and vinyl lettering, so you can’t eat, dishwash, or microwave this one. But it was easy on the budget and a wonderful tradition I’m excited to start with my family.

I made these cute red and white place mat purses to put them in. They were so easy and only $1.97 at Walmart. You can print out the directions for the place mat purses and the ‘The Red Plate for free on Tip Junkie printables.

I feel like I’m giving more than a gift this year. I’m giving warm memories, and hopefully, a tradition that will last generations to come.

I hope you’ll pass on this special tradition as well. Merry Christmas!


  1. Jenny

    Hi. I have friends that use the ‘special plate’ idea. They also record in a journal the reason for its use each time.

  2. YETTE

    hello! just dropping by… i think this is a wonderful idea. =D

    take care!

  3. Amy

    I love this idea!! and very cute packaging too…

  4. Ribbon Rock Star

    I love this idea!
    Thanks for sharing!!!


  5. mckay

    What a great idea! I am going to use this one for sure! I especially love the bag you made!

  6. ReminisceHeirlooms

    Laurie I love this so so much! I am moved in and you can reopen my store. HUGS!

  7. Karri

    Very Cute. I love that idea.

  8. Laura

    My family used this for birthdays when I was growing up. We loved it! What a great idea!

  9. Kesterfam

    Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Where did you get the cute plate hanger??

  10. Michelle

    So cute – where did you get the plate holder?

  11. Laurie

    Hmm… That’s a good question. I bought it years ago I believe at Linens N Things. (Maybe Bed Bath & Beyond but I think it was Linens N Things.)


  12. Melissa

    How do I get the lettering for $2.00? I clicked on the link and it took me to another project, albeit beautiful too, but not the vinyl lettering. Also, I got some plates on ebay. LOVE LOVE LOVE your ideas!

  13. Holly

    How can I get the vinyl lettering for the You Are Special red plate….the link doesn’t get me to the right place.

  14. Tracy Kendall

    I have a plate just like this, I purchased mine through a home party…I use it for birthdays, accomplishments, any special day for a special occasion. My children love it.

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