Make birthdays extra special with a birthday plate. Here's the top 5 birthday plates plus an inexpensive DIY option!
THE BIRTHDAY PLATE- BIRTHDAY TRADITION
Birthdays are the best time to make the birthday person feel extra special. After all, it's the only day that they can be spoiled completely. However, that doesn't mean that birthday celebrations have to be over-the-top, elaborate, or super expensive! (Read about the 7 simplest birthday traditions here.)
One of the simplest ways to make the birthday person feel special is by using a special birthday plate for all their meals!
I always love setting out the birthday plate on the table, hanging up our birthday banner, and blowing up a few balloons the night before a birthday. That way, when the birthday person (child or adult) wakes up, a happy and festive tone is already set for the day!
Whether you make this favorite birthday breakfast or pick up donuts from the store, starting this birthday plate tradition will help them feel extra loved.
6 BEST HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLATES
Using a Happy Birthday plate is a simple way to make a birthday special. I share a DIY tutorial at the end of the post, but here are the best already-made happy birthday plates:
All of these glass birthday plates are reusable so you can use them for all the birthdays in your house!
This simple happy birthday on plate design is so colorful and cheerful; a great way to celebrate the birthday person.
This special birthday plate has "You are special" written right on so you can not only use for birthdays, but for any day you want to show some extra love.
A make-a-plate kit is a fun option to create whatever design you want on your birthday plate.
DIY BIRTHDAY PLATE
If crafting is your thing, here's a DIY option. It's cheap, too!
I've made a few of these celebration plates over the years. Not only are they simple, you can make it about 10 minutes or less.
Here's what you need:
- clear glass plate (check your local thrift store or dollar store for a cheap option!)
- Happy Birthday tissue paper
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
You can use any birthday tissue paper you like! Because these plates are so cheap and quick to make, you could make a few different options or use them for gifts!
Figure out what portion of the Happy Birthday tissue paper you would like showing on your plate. You can cut down the tissue paper to a few inches larger than the plate, or just use the full sheet.
Lay your plate upside down onto a large can or bowl. Cover the underside (the top side now) with a generous coat of mod podge.
Lay the tissue paper face down onto the plate. Be extra careful because it won't be easy to peel off mistakes. Gently smooth out the paper, being careful to not rip the paper. Let dry for about 10 minutes.
After about 10 minutes, cut around the edge of the plate to remove the extra tissue paper. You will notice that some of the glue has not quite dried all the way. It's okay. It will eventually dry.
Cover the bottom side with an extra layer of mod podge to seal it off. Let dry completely before use. And you're done! Super easy, right?
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DIY BIRTHDAY PLATE
Because we use tissue paper, you're probably wondering how to clean your birthday plate.
- Carefully use a damp rag to wipe the top of the plate off. The entire plate should not be submersed in water. Mod Podge + water= no gooda.
- Don't submerse in water or put plate in microwave or dishwasher.
Don't let this stop you from making a plate! We have had our birthday plate for over 5 years now and the plate is still in great shape. And guess what? The bottom has gotten wet a few times and it's still holding up strong!