WFMW: The Special Plate

I love celebrations. 

And not just for the cake.

Although.... never mind.

I love nurturing my family. It's one of the greatest joys I find in being a mother and wife. 

But I don't leave the celebrating just for birthdays and anniversaries. I pull out the You are Special Today Platefor regular days, days I want to make special. Days that involve awesome test grades, Boy Scout badges or little personal victories like not talking in the school hallway four days in a row. (Not that my kids talk in the halls!)

I inherited my lovely red plate at a Family Reunion from a relative and thought it was a rare family heirloom from Germany. I was surprised to discover you can buy them on Amazon! How sentimental of them!

Toaster waffles and macaroni on a special plate just scream, "I love you. Keep up the good work!"

I love waking up to find my Mother's Day breakfast on our special plate that normally hangs on the kitchen plate rack. Because, well, even Mommies and Daddies need extra special attention.

These plates make fantastic gifts for yourself or friends, but you don't even have to buy one! Just take an ordinary plate and decorate it with colorful porcelain markers (bake the plate according to directions to set in the ink permanently).  Or you can assign the honor to a unique plate you already own.

It's not really about a plate. 

But you know that don't you?

Making my people feel special works for me!

{Thank you for joining me for my first hosted WFMW! I'm so glad you're here. You can read the guidelines here. You will find they are exactly like Shannon's from Rocks in My Dryer. I'm excellent at copying and pasting. Some changes may occur in the future, but for now, the host is the only difference in this carnival.}

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Living with Lindsay said...

I absolutely love that plate! When my son is a little older, I'm definitely going to get one for him. How neat!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Love the plate idea - especially making your own! Congrats on hosting your very first WFMW!!!

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

I'm so excited for your FIRST Works for Me Wed!!! How fun!! And I'm in the top 30... that's a first for me ever. ha!

Okay... I need to make one of those plates. Great idea.

Rebecca said...

We got a "You are Special Today" plate as a wedding gift . . . and have never used it. Maybe I should take it out of the basement, dust it off, and let it fulfill its destiny: making people feel special.

Thanks for hosting WFMW!

Kirsty said...

Thank you for taking on WFMW! I don't know what I'd do without it. Looking forward to getting to know your blog better, it's been a ton of fun so far :)

Kristen said...

We have a plate with a patriotic theme and stars all over it. When one of my children gets the star plate, everyone at the table has to say something they like about that said person. It is always an exciting meal when that plate is on the table.

Dave @ Home School Dad said...

The kids painted Amy a plate at one of those paint your own pottery places a couple christmases ago. We will sometimes use that plate to point out somebody special.

Kaycee said...

Thanks for hosting WFMW. I love the plate idea.

Amy said...

We had that plate when I was growing up too! I think my parents still have it... I might have to ask them to send it my way.

Thanks so much for hosting WFMW!

Amy ~ The Salty Momma

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Kristen, Congrats on the new gig!! I was so excited for you. I know you be a great WFMW hostess!! Great idea to have a special plate. Thanks.

Tara said...

Thanks for hosting WFMW! I really have enjoyed participating this last year! Glad you were willing to take this on :)

Holly said...

I made a similar plate at one of those Paint your own pottery places. Unfortunately, I don't always remember to use it.
Thanks for taking on the hosting duties!

Raise Them Up said...

Thank you so much for taking WFMW on!

A special plate is such a simple thing, yet such a great idea! I'll have to look through my cabinets!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Congrats on the new gig! You'll be great.

Audrey said...

Congratulations on your first WFMW!

Kirby3131 said...

I have been wanting to make a plate for my nieces - we have a paint your own pottery place right across the street. I should just go right over and do it!

Thanks for hosting! I would have truly missed WFMW & now I get to come to your place more often!

I'm around #60 at the moment - Fabulous Felt ideas.

Carolina Mama said...

You're doing it... Nice!

If you have any prayer needs, come join us on Pray It Friday. Answered prayer - Mr. Linky is working. :)

Gennaro said...

Read your earlier post about pizza so my link is to the best pizza in NYC. A few yummy pics too.

Innkeeper Seely said...

Have fun with the new feature, and thanks for taking it on

Sandy said...

yay, i'm so happy for you. you are PERFECT for this :)

Anonymous said...

I made special plates for both of my children to use on their birthdays! I also made a special plate for Santa's Cookies. Makes special occasions even more special!

Congratulations on receiving WFMW! What an honor!

se7en said...

I love WFMW and can't wait to get started here! Thanks for picking up the torch for all of us!

Col @ life by muse said...

Welcome to your new hosting gig! I remember your blog as somewhere that I always laugh and smile ... so nice to come here again!

Colleen said...

Welcome to your new hosting gig! I remember your blog as somewhere that I always laugh and smile ... so nice to come here again!

Linda C said...

I love this idea! Makes everybody feel special!!:)

Thanks for taking on WFMW! This is my first time joining in! And I look forward to learning all kinds of new things:)!

Linda C

JanMary said...

Love the idea.

Thanks for hosting WFMW - is it fun or stress or both?

momstheword said...

What a great idea and what a fun tradition for your kids to pass down to their own family someday!

Dutchnic said...

Congratulations on hosting WFMW!
The plate idea is neat. I did wonder... did you really think it was German, since the text on it is obviously English? Or was that a joke and am I being gullable?

Broke but Happy said...

Hey, "THAT family!" Nice to join in with you! Wishing you all the best as host of WFMW.

Kate said...

Thanks for taking this on! I love your blog, and the idea for the special plate.

"Which Proverbs 14:1 Woman?"

steadymom said...

Thanks for the plate idea - I've been meaning to get one of those!

Mary Ann said...

Thanks for hosting!

Raising Olives said...

My first WFMW and your first, cool.

Rebecca said...

I don't often play at WFMW, but I came over to see how many folks came over. Yay for all the folks who linked in. I'm sure this will be a HUGE success here. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the idea! So special!

A happy heart at home said...

Thanks so much for hosting this! There's always so much to learn from the other posters, and it's a lot of fun, too.


The Happy Housewife said...

We had a "special" plate too. It was just a plastic plate I decorated one year in a birthday rush. It was really special for the kids. Finally the decorations wore off in the dishwasher I will have to make another one.

Julie from Inmates said...

Cute idea!!! Luv it.

Julie From Inmates said...

Shoot! I forgot to add what my post was about. Can you delete my first entry... GRRR!!!

Sandy Toes said...

We have a Special Plate too! It got a little chip in it but we are still using it...I can't imagine getting another Special plate!
~Sandy Toe

Anonymous said...

Love the plate!
Thank you for being hostess for WFMW!
Happy Hump Day!
Robin Rane'
All Things Heart and Home

Jean Stockdale said...

Thanks for hosting this event. Your idea is great. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

Janet said...

You've inspired me! I'm going to brainstorm other ways to make "my people feel special," too. Thank you for sharing the great plate idea!

Andrea said...

I forgot to put in the link that my WFMW is Birthday Celebration. Thanks for hosting!

Amber@theRunaMuck said...

I am doing a dance for you right now - the dance of joy. You're a great hostess!

Roan said...

Thanks for being the new hostess!

Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home said...

The special plate is a great idea! Thanks for hosting WFMW and keeping a great thing going!

Leanne said...

Congrats on your first WFMW and the idea of a special plate is great. Thanks.

Jeni said...

I love that plate - what a great idea! I haven't seen that before, but I can easily imagine it just making a kid's (or adult's!) day to be served pancakes on that plate before heading off to school.

The next time I'm at one of those paint-your-own pottery places, I'm going to try to remember that idea!

Suz said...

Love the idea! Seen it before but since forgotten about it. Our toddler is just old enough to understand the significance now, so might be worth my looking into.

I actually may go down to the pottery shop (about an hour away) and have him help me make one we can use. That would make it extra special & make for a fun afternoon together! :)

Thanks for the idea!

Sheila said...

Congratulations on your first WFMW!

I love the plate idea, too. I try to do something special for breakfast or lunch with each of my kids every few weeks, just to remind them they are precious.

We had a teenage boy who lived near us commit suicide last week, and another froze to death in the woods outside because he was afraid to go home. Kids are just not happy these days because they don't feel cherished. So I want mine to now they're loved!

Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

melissa said...

I love the idea of a special plate. I am really not with it today. I came back with a permalink, but then forgot to say what it was for. So, I you get a minute, could you delete my first one. Thanks, and sorry to be a pain! Thanks for hosting this now!

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LFinn said...

Thanks for taking over WFMW! I painted a special plate for my family after my first child was born, but it was broken in a move. Your post reminded me that I need to paint or find another plate! Thanks for sharing.

nicole said...

That is a great plate and a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with us. Yea for your first WFMW.

tidymom said...

Congrats on your first WFMW!! I LOVE the idea of the special plate!


oh amanda said...

Great idea! I made a plate for my daughter's 1st birthday--for her to use every birthday. But a fun plate for other special occasions would be great, too!

Organizing Mommy said...

We use the "special plate" all of the time at our home. A first time a guest visits or a birthday or whenever they do something special.

Rona's Home Page said...

I think it's sweet that they passed on the plate to you. You're definitely putting it to good use.

The Frugal Angel-Guided Psychic said...

What a neat idea!

Tracie said...

I'm sorry it took three tries to get my post to work. I do love the plate idea and actually have a special plate like this from my childhood.

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

This is my first time participating. What fun.

The Halbert Home said...

I really like that you've set it up for the link to change colors if we've looked at it. It really helps me remember the last thing I clicked on.

Carolyne said...

When I was a kid, our family had a special plate like that. It made me feel so loved and appreciated as a child.

-Julie said...

Great idea!

Anonymous said...

That plate is so cute. Love the sentiment. Feeling special always WFM! Sharing blessings and simple celebrations connect us to every victory. What an awesome idea for children!

Happy hosting,

kcjayhawk said...

sorry, i'm one of those people:)

i forgot to put what my link was about for #231 (feel free to delete it) so i redid it as #232.

Missy said...

Happy "first time hosting." I enjoy Wednesdays! Thanks!

Jerralea said...

What a great idea. We definitely need to celebrate the little things as well as the big things.

aliann said...

I had some friends whose family did this years ago. I'd forgotten about it, but what a special tradition. There's going to be a run on those plates at Amazon this week!

Jenny Lynn said...

So glad that you could take this on!

I'm excited that the tradition is continuing. I always learn great ideas through WFMW!

Reflections in My Mirror said...

I love the plate idea! I will look for one to use for our "special" days. Might even get creative! What A thought!

Amanda said...

I just bought myself brand spankin' new red dishes... and this plate will match them!!! I love this idea!

And I LOVE my new little keepsake heart box from Things Remembered that I received in the mail yesterday from you! Thank you!!!

Amy@ MomsToolbox said...

Thank for being our new hostess!

And I love your idea. I have been meaning to make celebration plate for, oh about 3 years now. My next door neighbor has a kiln IN HER GARAGE so I've been meaning to get a group of girls together to make our plates for awhile now. (You aren't the only one with a super cool neighbor.)

MY SIL, (Happy Housewife) who met you at BlissDom, said you aren't too far from me. Maybe you and your neighbor could bring some cookies and supervise. :)

Katie @ said...

What a great idea. We need to have a "you are special" plate. Hmm...

Leo's mom said...

I grew up with the same red plate and tradition. I want to do something similar, but I'm thinking maybe each person will decorate a plate at a pottery place, so on occasions like Christmas *everyone* has a special plate. Not sure yet, but I'm thinking about it. Didn't know Amazon sold it.... Thanks! (And thanks for taking over WFMW.)

Anonymous said...

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Love your blog!

We are THAT Family said...

If your link was deleted, please check out this link for an explanation and how to link up correctly:

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Anonymous said...

I've loved your blog for months and am excited to see that you are the new host for WFMW!
I have always wanted one of those plates, I thing I just need to fork out the cash and buy one before my kids are too old to appreciate it.

Susie said...

That's a great idea:-)

new diva said...

Congratulations on your new hosting gig! Love this plate idea and look forward to more great hints in the weeks to come!

Annikke said...

I was at the thrift store one day just wandering with no particular thing to get and this red plate caught my eye! It was buried at the bottom of all this stuff and I had to dig it out. I had been wanting a You Are Special plate for a long time.. and BINGO there it was on the shelf, not marked. I took it to the register and she said $0.50! So with tax I paid fifty three cents! I was SO excited!

Amber @ Classic Housewife said...

I've always wanted a special plate! Maybe I'll get around to it one of these days. I have a lot of stuff to get around to....

Congrats on the big debut!

Maria D. said...

I absolutely love the fact that the links on your page change color once you've clicked on it. That definitely helps me to know which WFMW posts I've already read!

Trish said...

I love the plate idea. That sounds like a good excuse to buy a pretty plate that I find a good deal on, but don't know what I'd do with one plate that didn't match anything else.
Thanks for taking over WFMW!

flowerpot said...

My MIL has one of those plates and I love it. I need to put this on my wish list. And BTW, thanks for hosting WFMW!

flowerpot said...

My MIL has one of those plates and I love it. I need to put this on my wish list. And BTW, thanks for hosting WFMW!

Joy said...

My mom-in-law has that EXACT SAME PLATE! She gets it out for birthdays. I wonder who will get it next Sunday..?

My birthday is Saturday, my husband's bday is a week later, and my sis-in-law is 9 days after mine. We're all having a birthday lunch at the same time! We shall have to duel over it!

Wendy said...

I love this idea. My kids would love this...especially for the random, you-made-it-special days!

I'm new to this, and I accidentally linked myself twice (301 and 302)...sorry. I'll get the hang of it!

Jennifer said...

I have a plate that I bought to use for special occasions. I just don't use it as often as I should. Thanks for the reminder!

Holly Noelle said...

Finally! I've been wanting to participate for a long time but kept forgetting my ideas for WFMW posts!

Anonymous said...

I hope I put the link in correctly this time! Sorry, I didn't know!
Robin Rane'
All Things Heart and Home

Debbie said...

I don't know if you accept Awards but I am a fairly new follower of your blog and hope to someday be a member of That Family Tree. I have a couple of That Family posts that I want to do.

I gave you an award. Come to my blog to see what you are supposed to do to claim it, if you want.


Alicia said...

My mom had that same red one for our family when we were growing up. She usually pulled it out on birthdays and report card days. What made it so special was that she didn't give it to the child who'd had the best report card, but the one who'd worked the hardest or made the biggest improvement. She passed it down to me when I got married, but I had forgotten that I had it until I read your blog. Thanks for reminding me of the simple ways to bless your family and the fun memories you can create so easily.

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

Love this idea!

Hollie said...

wanted to participate but got here too late dang! My blog post for today will still point here.

RootsAndWingsCo said...

I love the red plate idea! My Mom did this for us growing up. Then, as adults she even gave us each our own red plate to use in our own families! Funny that it's even the same color as yours! I have added a second, smaller plate. And we went with blue. I found that sometimes the red plate was just to massive for whatever we had planned. I also found that sometimes there were 2 kids involved in the thing we were celebrating and so I wanted both to get the special plate at the same time. Not only do we use ours for things we want to celebrate such as a raise, new job, A on a test, etc but we also use ours when we catch the kids doing something awesome like sharing or cleaning on their own! My kids love it so much that they will see their sibling do something and tell me that their sibling needs the plate for what they had done! I love that it's turned into a way for us to "catch" each other doing great things! I am so a Pollyanna type of girl and love that my kids are looking for the good in each other!

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