Family Plaque Blog

Labor Day Is Less Than A Month Away!


Because my birthday is in September, every year I look forward to celebrating my birthday on Labor Day. It’s not really one of the biggies on the yearly event calendar, aside from a dumb rule about wearing white, so this year I’m going to make it a long weekend and take Friday off, visit the grocery store and stock up on goodies that I wouldn’t otherwise buy — a couple of tasty beers to try, Sriracha (now that’s it’s an ever-increasing commodity), meat products that my arteries might not necessarily appreciate, and plenty of cheese.

But enough about my obsession with fatty milk products, so (embarrassingly) it took me 26 years of living to realize what Labor Day actually was all about. I didn’t know that it was a celebration of the American labor movement/ all of the societal advancements that were achieved as a result. Paid time off, the 40 hour work week, medical benefits (hot button topic… hello!), blah blah blah, the list goes on and on. But the point is a lot of people laboured heavily for the things that we (generally) take for granted and as such, I decided at a stupidly late hour on Tuesday, that I would celebrate by eating cheese. Cheese dipped in Sriracha washed down by a beer.

So for the first time in about 15 years I ventured to Party City, which was FILLED with children meandering the aisles at the speed of caffeinated chipmunks racing toward a pile of chocolate covered acorns, and navigated toward the discount Halloween costumes for adults…but I digress. I got banners and streamers and some thing that hangs over my door and has tinsel hanging down from it (I don’t exactly know why I bought it but it’s festive and I was trying to impress my wife with my party planning skills) and on the way out I bought a miniature white board that I’m going to use to write funny quotes on and change them from time to time over the course of the party. I have already laboured much trying to plan this party.

Less than a month to go and I think the last thing I need for my party is a custom plaque to really set the event off. All of the custom plaques that Family Plaques & More! sell are made from high-quality wood that is powder coated (to render it much less vulnerable to the elements). I figure I can keep the plaque for years so its cost divided by the amount of use I’ll get for it will make the purchase worthwhile AND I get to show off a little bit with a really classy looking sign — I might even post it in the front yard and tell everyone to look out for it when they’re parking.

For more information on Labor Day (IF you’re even interested) visit the Wikipedia article outlining the basics.

Why a Family Plaque Makes The Best Wedding Gift!


Wedding season is upon us! As a friend or family member attending a wedding there are several key steps that must be done in advance to make attending that wedding go off without a hitch…Finding that perfect outfit, making travel plans, maybe a baby sitter and the WEDDING GIFT. Often overlooked but arguably the most important, the wedding gift has become an automatic selection from Amazon or Pottery Barn. Why go for the typical vegetable platter, fruit bowl, or $100 5 piece wine bottle opening contraption? Why not go for a gift that is timeless, unique and certainly memorable? Family Plaques & More offer several unique options of personalized custom wood or cast aluminum plaques with the new married family name and wedding date. The personalized family name plaques come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to fit the wedding couples unique style. Family Plaques are the quintessential wedding gift because it shows that you as a friend or family member truly care…And you want to celebrate their special day with a special gift that they will have and cherish forever. See for yourself why Family Plaques make for the best wedding gifts! Our selection of personalized wood or metal plaques are available on our website at:

Summer Sale!


We’re celebrating five – FIVE! – wonderful years in business!  And what better way to celebrate than passing on huge savings to our customers. I mean, you all are the reason we’re still here!

Summer Sale

For a limited time, take 30% off ALL our products. Use code SALE during checkout. Click here to get shopping!

Thank you for five great years – and happy shopping!



Best Wedding Gift


We received an email from a newlywed recently that stated: “We received one of your plaques as a wedding gift and it was our favorite gift! Such a wonderful keepsake & I can’t wait to give one as a gift.”

We’ll take that! We love offering a product that makes people so happy. Click here to start shopping for your keepsake or perfect gift. Or, mosey on over to our Gallery for inspiration on how to create your plaque. You can also visit our Home & Garden section to order a Monogrammed Plaque like this one:

Family Name Signs – Going Global!


As we mentioned before, we are now shipping our beautiful family name signs internationally. Both our indoor & outdoor signs can ship to & from multiple countries. Visit our website for a full list of countries where we now ship.

As a gift to those who live outside the US, we are including photographs of our company’s beautiful state – Colorado – with each Original Family Plaque. Pictures included will be taken by yours truly and showcase what makes our state so spectacular. The first photograph we’ve selected to include with international orders is the following:  The Crystal Mill

Crystal Mill, Crystal, Colorado - August 2011

Crystal Mill :: Roxanne Stone Photography©

I took this photograph last week while visiting the town of Marble. There is a fantastic outfit there called Crystal River Jeep Tours and we used its service to get in to see the Mill. The road that leads into the town of Crystal is a whopper… 4×4 only and not for the faint of heart. It was a beautiful drive with the top off the jeep & an experienced driver doing all the work so we could sight see.  Crystal River Jeep Tours does more than just the town of Crystal, so if you want to explore the roads less traveled in that area, give them a call. Super nice folks to work with and worth every penny we paid for the service. Oh, and maybe like them on Facebook while you’re at it – they love getting new followers!

If you live/love Colorado, email me suggestions of what locations you think should be included in our international shipments! I’m always looking for the next great location to photograph, so suggestions are welcome: rstone @ (yes, you need eyeballs leaping computer gnomes!).