The Birthday Plate Tradition

This Site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Many years ago, my mother-in-law made us this Birthday Plate, and my kids love the tradition of pulling it out on their birthdays to eat their meals. It’s a fun and simple way to help them feel extra special on their birthdays.

party celebration

This post isn’t really about how to make the plate, as much as it is about sharing the concept idea. I was actually going to make a plate with sharpie’s, kinda like the sharpie mug ideas that have been floating around blogland. I’d read that there were non toxic markers out there, but the guy at the craft store said that non toxic and permanent don’t go hand in hand. If anyone knows any different, please let me know!   I heard about this pen, but  it’s only in black, and I like colorful.


{Let me also say that these amazing pictures are taken by my awesome husband on his iphone, as I was suggesting varying angles through text, then on the phone. I took a bunch of pictures of this plate before I took a trip, though I put them on my computer, and when they weren’t there, asked my husband to look on our home computer for me. When they seemed to have just vanished into thin air, I persuaded him to snap a few for me. I just HAD to share about the birthday plate during my birthday week! It was actually supposed to be in Wednesdays posts, but I shuffled things around a bit!}

I found a kit on Amazon by Makit Products which is similar to what my Mother in law used, and we’ve made a bunch of plates this way.  You order the kit, color a design on paper, then send it into their company to make a plate and it will ship back to you.

Here are a few more picttures taken by my husband:


Do you have a birthday Plate? I’ve heard others use a special red plate, but it’s fun to spice it up a bit more, I think!  Anything is great, I love traditions, kids love it, it’s a great way to have some fun on birthdays in your family!

Have you seen the others posts I’ve shared as part of my Birthday Week Celebration?? All about birthdays, click on the image below to see the fun!

birthday gift ideas

Join The Discussion



  1. Carla+Hundley says:

    How fun for someone on their
    birthday! Enjoying all your
    articles for your birthday
    this week.
    Carla from Utah

  2. Elizabeth Williams says:

    My in-laws did this for their kids growing up and have given a birthday plate to each of the kids when they started a family. Great tradition.

  3. This is a great tradition to have!

  4. My mom always had the red plate for us on our birthdays and we loved it but this one is SO cute!! I need to get on that quick since my just-turned-4-year-old will be picking up on our family traditions soon! Thanks for the inspiration, friend!

  5. We do have a Birthday Plate tradition! In fact, I shared it and a DIY tutorial on my blog at the beginning of this month. My family loves pulling it out each birthday.
    I love yours too!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks for sharing your link, excited to check it out, it’s such a fun tradition!!

  6. I love the metal copper, and slveir is pretty too.Especially Icelandic slveir,I’m not allergic to it nor pure gold.I have a problem with wearing a belt,because of my allergy to alloy. And I’m The blue jean queen and love wearing a smashing belt to keep them up.Do you have any advise for me?

  7. I really couldn’t ask for more from this article.

  8. Arael says:

    I love this idea and plan to adopt it, my oldest is 4 so there’s plenty of time for the tradition to develop =). I’m considering doing a paint-your-own-pottery one. It’s a great option to diy a cute plate but then I’m worried it’d get broken some day and I’d be crushed… Maybe a kit for a plastic one is a better idea?