Few things make a warm summer night more perfect than an outdoor dinner party in your backyard. Whether you're grilling up a storm or hosting a more formal evening, nothing really beats being surrounded by family and friends, watching the sunset, and enjoying a great meal—and, of course, a cool glass of your beverage of choice.
The only problem: Paper plates and plastic cutlery don't exactly feel stylish (or environmentally-friendly!) and outdoor dining might just be a little too risky for your favorite indoor dinnerware. That's where melamine, and industrial-strength plastic material comes in—it's basically unbreakable, and there are tons of stylish dinnerware options made out of melamine out there just waiting to grace your patio table. Hosts, meet your new favorite dishes—they're chic as hell, and as tough to boot.
And because you can't have a great dinnerware set without a few wine glasses to sip from, try these picks. Do they look fancy? Absolutely. Will they break if you drop them? No way. These glasses are made with acrylic—not real glass—making them durable and even shatter-resistant. Not to mention, they add a fun pop of color to any table. Rosé, anyone?
To get the full look of this stunning tablescape, you can score a 20-piece set of the bamboo cutlery at Pottery Barn for $240, and that wicker wine tote from Ralph Lauren for $495. The tablecloth is actually cleverly a summer bed cover from Les Indiennes (the gingham and block-printed napkins are also from Les Indiennes, and are actually bandannas that retail for $25 to $30.) The paisley and floral napkins are both $22 for a set of four at Pottery Barn, and the dotted napkin is from John Derian.
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