Our Story

Lara Hazelett Shelton has loved art and design since a very early age. Her summers in Northern Michigan and Sea Island, Georgia were always spent by the water drawing and painting. For years, the graphics were stored in sketchbooks until just the right moment to share them with the world.

In 2005, Lara became a mother. As she joined the ranks of the MOB (Mother of Boys), she realized fashionably hip, kid-friendly tableware was really tough to find. She finally knew where her art was meant to be - on custom melamine plates. In 2008, in an effort to merge her worlds of the plastic pirate plates and her grandmother’s fine china, La Plates was born!

Spring 2020, La Plates "pushed the pause button". Due to COVID-19, coordinating supply chain, vendor production and timely shipping became a challenge. This caused additional stress to our team and clients awaiting orders. We hope to re-evaluate conditions later in the year. Until then, we are focusing on family health, homeschooling children and general wellness.



While our E-Commerce is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, we never stop dreaming up the perfect tabletop! If you need help coming up with an idea for your al fresco dining at home...or your Zoom supper club, feel free to reach out.

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Until we can all dine together again, please stay safe and enjoy time with family. We are in this together - we hope for health and prosperity for all.


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