The Red Plate and Bowl

Sometimes you have original ideas for family traditions and then other times you notice a tradition that someone else is doing and then add it to your family's culture.

I'm not sure where my wife saw the idea (I guess I could ask her, but she's not with me while writing), but we began a "red plate" and "red bowl" family tradition.

Knowing her, she probably got the idea from one of her two favorite online hotpsots, a "mommy" blog or from a posting on Pinterest.

If you're not familiar with how this tradition works, here's my simple explanation.


1) The family purchases a really nice red plate and/or bowl

2) Whenever there is a celebration-worthy occurrence like a birthday, graduation, baptism, etc. the honoree gets to use the plate/bowl

3) The red plate/bowl is not to be used for other occurrences like someone deciding to fix themselves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This makes it even more special when someone is actually able to use the special dish(es).

In our case, my wife purchased a really nice red ceramic plate and a nice red bowl that were bright enough and nice enough to make sure that they stand out from the rest of the dishes that are being used for our meals.

Once we washed the dishes and added them to our collection, we told everyone who was old enough to understand that those are special dishes that are to be used on special days.

This is a tradition that we hope they will carry on to their children and grandchildren as well.

A few days ago, as I was browsing through my Facebook timeline, I noticed another couple that we know using a red plate to recognize their daughter during her birthday meal.

I guess we aren't the only ones who picked up on the trend and it is pretty cool to see other people doing things that your family does.

This isn't our only family tradition, but it is one that was a good addition to our family culture.

The latest tradition that we have added is a monthly Sunday dinner with relatives who live in our city. We do a potluck and the location rotates based on who is able to host it. This month's dinner was at our house and the food was delicious.

Perhaps if we have cause to celebrate a specific person for their birthday or other accomplishments, we can bring the red dishes along to recognize that person at the Sunday dinner.

Question: Does your family have a tradition similar to the red plate/bowl tradition? I'd love to hear about it.