Embark on a heartwarming journey this season with the holiday giving plate tradition. Pass a plate filled with homemade treats to friends or neighbors, fostering a chain of generosity and community, and watch as a simple gesture of goodwill becomes a cherished annual custom.

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Holiday Giving Plate Tradition

I came home to the most wonderful surprise today! One of my very closest friends and neighbor, Maria, left a wonderful treat on my kitchen table – a holiday giving plate filled with the most scrumptious cookies!

What is a Holiday Giving Plate?

The holiday giving plate tradition is a charming custom where a plate filled with homemade goodies is passed among friends, family, or neighbors.

The idea is that the recipient enjoys the treats, refills the plate with their own creations, and then passes it on to someone else. This creates a continuous chain of giving and sharing, symbolizing the spirit of generosity and community connection during the holiday season.

It’s a way to spread joy and show care through the sharing of food, often accompanied by a poem or note explaining the tradition, with the hope that the plate keeps moving year after year.

Yummy cookies aside – the plate is the most lovely thing ever!

How Does a Holiday Giving Plate work?

Starting a holiday giving plate tradition doesn’t need to be hard, in fact it is super easy.

  1. You bake some delicious cookies or other treats.
  2. Fill the plate up with your treats.
  3. Write a nice note.
  4. Surprise your friend with this wonderful treat.
  5. Tell them to enjoy the treat then pass it on.

Here are the issues – First, I ate an awful lot of cookies today. Second, I don’t want to give the plate away!

How to Make Your Own Holiday Giving Plate

A close up of a doughnut on a plate, with Cookie

Step One – Purchase a super cute plain white plate, platter or bowl – this was microwave and dishwasher safe – you want something you can bake in the oven.

Step Two – Using ceramic paints or markers, write your cute message on the plate.

Step Three – Let dry for 24 hours.

Step Four – Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Step Five – Write a nice little note to put with the treat!

cookie sharing noteGreat Recipe to fill your Holiday giving plate

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  1. love this idea! Kind of like a chain letter but with a much better purpose 🙂 it’s also a great motivator to get baking (and it’s not against the rules to keep some of the goods that you bake, is it?)

  2. Is the paint food safe glass paint ? And where did u purchase it if it is? I can’t find food safe glass paint anywhere.