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The Red Plate

The Story of the Red Plate

It was a time-honored tradition among early American families that when someone deserved special praise, they were served dinner on the red plate.

When some of the first immigrants to America arrived from Europe, they often carried with them few personal belongings. It was common to have very little in the way of formal dinnerware, with the exception of maybe one beautiful, brightly-colored plate, which soon became a prized possession.

This is where the red plate tradition began. Since this “special” plate was reserved for special occasions, it became a way to mark life’s important milestones. 

Today, this custom reminds us that a simple reward can mean so much. By using the Red Plate, any meal becomes a celebration, honoring a special person, event, or deed. It is a visible reminder of love and esteem, a way of showing someone dear that they are appreciated and remembered. 

This beautifully glazed, red ceramic plate is designed and crafted to become a family heirloom, cherished and passed from one generation to the next. Make it a tradition in your family, symbolizing the good and happy times. It will speak volumes of love, when words just aren’t enough. 

Here are some of the many reasons to use the Red Plate:

  • Birthday
  • Engagement
  • Wedding
  • Graduation
  • Good Report Card
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Anniversary
  • Homecoming
  • Old Friend’s Visit
  • New Baby
  • Housewarming
  • Job Promotion
  • Won the Big Game
  • Simply say "You Are Special Today"

Share with us: What’s your Red Plate Story?