Basically, the idea is that the red plate gets to be used by a member of your family on their special day. So, when it is your birthday, you got a good grade, you got a promotion at work, you win a soccer game, etc, you get to feel special by using the red plate! It's a way to recognize and celebrate special days in your family and a simple, extra way to highlight big events!
I think this is a great gift for a wedding or new baby. Both are big milestones and a great time to start new traditions. Since I was my sister's maid of honor and was attending several different showers, I knew I needed a few smaller gifts to bring. I know I didn't have to, but felt like I should bring a little something to each shower. I had this in the back of my mind as an idea and thought it would be something cheap and easy to be one of my "little" gifts. Well, when I saw the price of the "official" Red Plate, I got discouraged. With a regular price of $39.99, there was no way I could afford that in addition to a nice (larger) wedding gift (which ended up being the Dates for a Year Basket). However, I still had my heart set on giving a Red Plate and initiating a tradition for Kim & Larry.
So...time to improvise! Surprisingly, it was VERY cheap and easy to come up with my own version of the Red Plate, and I think, actually better! I started by heading out in search of a red dinner plate. It was more difficult than I thought to find a single, plain, red plate. I finally found one in the discount aisle at Tuesday Morning for a cheap price! The second thing you need is a glass paint marker that will write on glass, ceramic, etc. and stay permanently. I used this Pebeo Vitrea 160 marker, that I got from Michael's. You can get them in almost any color!
Instead of writing on the front, where I was worried the marker might chip or come off, I chose to add some personalization on the back. This was my first time using a glass marker, and I wasn't sure as far as health and sterilization if it would be okay for a surface where food would be eaten from. I am a pretty simple person, so I didn't do a whole lot of detail. Actually, all I did was write "Knox" (their married last name) and Est. 2011 (the year they got married).
I also printed this poem on some card stock and enclosed it with the plate. Kim LOVED it! This was so much cheaper than the actual read plate and added a personal touch of personalization. You could customize it for any couple or family. Maybe even create a special red plate for each member of the family!
I hope someone else can use this idea. Anytime you can save money AND personalize a gift, I think it's the better option!