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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Paper Plate Awards

Does anyone know who came up with the idea for paper plate awards? Apparently the concept involves a paper plate, a Sharpie (magic marker), and... well, that's it. You come up with a funny award idea and write it on the paper plate. Is that it?

I guess you could break out some glitter or stickers if you're feeling fancy.

I'd love to know the origin of paper plate awards. Did they start at camp or scouts? Aren't they pretty much just a variation of funny superlatives and most likely to awards? If you have any insight, please post it in the comments section.
Paper Plate Awards
Paper Plate Awards
Lots of people are begging for funny paper plate award ideas - please help! And since this site is, it only makes sense that I should chime in. Here are a few funny paper plate award examples to get you started...
There are tons of free printable certificates, examples, and categories on this website. But if you'd rather forgo a beautifully printed certificate in favor or scribbling on a Chinet plate, then so be it. Who am I to stop the fun?

Paper Plate Award Ideas

Paper Plate Awards - please help

funny paper plate awards

paper plate award ideas for kids

paper plate awards for sports

paper plate award ideas for teens

Regarding good paper plate awards for sports, keep in mind the awards don't have to be directly related to swimming, hockey, basketball, cheerleading, golf, volleyball, softball or to any sport at all. Don't get hung up on puns. Instead, think about the characteristic of the award recipient. Here are a few more ideas from that work:
  • Selective Hearing Impairment Award for the player who never listens to the coach
  • Loch Ness Award for the team member who is always missing practice
  • Running with the Bulls Award for the person who takes the most chances.
These aren't necessarily sports-related, but they can work with a little creativity. And hey, they're FREE!

Please share your paper plate award ideas in the comments section.


Unknown said...

I first came across paper plate awards in the late 70's and 80's at a summer camp in Ontario called "Onondaga."

Councillors would make up and give out awards to their campers before the big end-of-term banquet where the more formal awards were being given for the more notable achievements.

Paper plate awards allowed _every_ camper to take home an award. Many of these were humorous and very much tongue-in-cheek. Some recognized other good work that campers did but were big enough or significant to be mentioned at the banquet.

Larry Weaver said...

Thanks for the history, Anthony. I had no idea paper plate awards had been around since the 70's! They are certainly still very popular today.