Did someone say “garden party”? Yes indeed, it’s time to fire up the barbecue. One of my favorite things as the weather warms and the days become longer is that I get to use my garden as another room. This means the patio table starts to get a lot more use. Why not turn every meal into a special occasion I say? Whether I’m having a meal on my own or entertaining friends I like having dish-ware that makes the food pop and adds charm to the moment.
Eating outside is similar to picnicking in that it usually means a lot of carrying back and forth. That’s why I prefer melamine plates instead of china, ceramic or glass for outdoor entertaining. They weigh a lot less and no chances for breakage scores a home run in my book. A big added plus: it’s a much more sustainable option than throwaway plates.
These days there is a great selection of fun, durable, attractive and classy melamine plates and dish sets. Please note: to make this beauties last for several seasons you should avoid using silverware with them – the plastic and melamine options work best.
Below you’ll see some of the melamine plates I fell in love with. Some of them are full sets and some only plates – mix and match as you please!
This set looks and feels a lot like ceramic. I love the fact that the combining is done for you. It allows you to serve a full meal right from appetizers, salads, dips all the way to the main course.
They also come in yellow, white and blue by the way,
This teal set will get your table spring and summer ready. I love the little pops of color in the print. You can get this set in red & yellow also. If you’re having a big crowd why not get all 3 colors & alternate them on the table.
If you’re looking to accent a plain melamine set you already then you only need to get these plates. This bright colorful print might be just the right addition.
This simple look will make a classy backdrop for any meal. Can you tell I am really into teal this days?! If you’re not no worries because this set also comes in tan & yellow.
I really like this bold combination of the dusty blue floral pattern on the outside and bright red-orange on the inside. Those bowls will fit a few scoops of ice cream & still leave room for chocolate sauce, whipped cream & nuts!
Round Melamine 12pc Dinnerware Set Geo
I love this light blue & white geometric pattern because the lack of harsh edges creates a more hand made feel. This look will never go out of style.
You can see that I favor flowery & botanic patterns so I am including this set for you lovers of striped patterns. This vibrant set also includes mugs which makes it perfect for brunches & tea parties. These bright colors will surely cheer you up in the morning so no coffee might be needed!
12-Piece Bright Solids Melamine Dinnerware Set
This set is a great start if you want to mix & match. They’ll go with printed pieces in this same color palette. This is also a great option if you’re using a printed tablecloth or napkins. Looking for napkins? We have a nice selection waiting for you right here.
These are just plain fun! If you have a single color melamine set then you can add a hip touch with these plates.
Choose from aqua, green and gray or mix them all! They’re textured & have uneven edges creating a ceramic like feel.
My love for tiles drew me to these plates immediately. The jazzy color mix & unconventional shape is sure start a conversation!
I hope this varied selection will get you heading outdoors to enjoy a meal surrounded by nature.