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Passing Along the Tradition

I want my children to remember special events in our family life. The Red Plate is only taken out for special occasions. I’ve wanted to pass along this tradition to my nieces and nephews as they start their married life. FROM: MS, Algonquin,...

The “Magic of the Red Plate”

It was a time honored tradition among early American families that when someone deserved special praise or attention they were served dinner on the red plate. Today, this custom, so dear to early American families, returns to remind us that a simple reward can mean so...

Share Your Red Plate Story

In every family that has a red plate you find stories. Stories about birthday dinners, special events, triumphs and tragedy. Stories about how the simple act of setting the “You are special” red plate at a place at the table communicated, joy, love,...

Its Memories Cannot Be Broken

My wife has had the “You are special today” red plate her whole life. It was used for everyone’s special days. When we started living together Jessica inherited the red plate, it quickly became our family tradition also. We make everyday special, and...

Love from Grandma “Sugar”

FROM: MBB, Aliceville, AL When I was a child, my grandmother (we call her “Sugar”) would let me eat off of the “Special Plate” for lunch when I came to visit her. This truly made me feel like I was very special, and it was one of the many...

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