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Adios, Paper Plates! Here's What Your Outdoor Table Needs This Summer

Less waste, and way cuter.

I don’t know about y’all, but when the temperature starts creeping up, I want to be outside all day erryday. I play in the yard with my kids, take business calls from our patio, and when it comes to mealtime, it’s all alfresco baby. Because what’s better than eating outside in the fresh air? That’s right, nothing.

Here’s the thing, though — paper plates dampen my mood faster than you can say “eye sore.” Let’s face it, that’s what they are. But am I bringing out my indoor ceramic plates outdoors for my friends and family to drop and break? Hell to the no. Enter: Melamine. A durable form of plastic that arose in the 1950s, today melamine is having a moment because it’s virtually unbreakable … and it comes in myriad shapes, sizes and patterns that make your purchasing options limitless. If you’re in need of the perfect hostess gift, look no further. Another perk? Zero waste!

Pretty enough for indoors, but sturdy enough for toddlers eating on picnic tables outdoors, melamine plates are the only way to serve your cuisine this summer, and we’ve rounded up 15 of the best patterns, all being offered at prices that aren’t going to break your bank.

Shop all of our favorite melamine plates and set below.

Marika Floral Melamine Assorted Dinner Plates, Set of Four


Cactus Plates, Set of Four


Driftwood 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set


Tropical Flamingo 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set


Rustic Medallion 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set, Service for Four


Multicolor Melamine Succulents Dinnerware


Strata 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set, Service for Four


Lilly Pulitzer Melamine Trippin' and Sippin' Plates, Set of Four


Juliska Mix & Match Melamine Set


Charleston Melamine Side Plates, Set of Four


Sunscene Melamine Dinner Plate


Kate Spade New York Strawberry Melamine Collection


Tropical Foliage Melamine Plate


180 Degrees Paris Flea Market Fabrics 9-Inch Melamine Plates, Set of Four


Tag Artisan Melamine Dinner Plates, Set of Four


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