Pottery Barn Cabana Melamine 12-Piece Dinnerware Set

Shatterproof, Durable Dish Sets for a Season of Outdoor Entertaining

Look to melamine, acrylic, or bamboo dishware if you're planning any al fresco gatherings.
By Rachel Sanoff
June 14, 2021
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Paper plates and plastic cups are staples at backyard barbecues and pool parties, but they don't always feel elevated (and they aren't necessarily eco-friendly). Thankfully, there are ways to make your summer tablescapes look more refined while still prioritizing convenience, the environment, and easy clean-up. Simply turn to melamine and bamboo; these materials are frequently used to craft long-lasting outdoor tableware.

To help you prep for a season of outdoor entertaining, we went ahead and culled several of our favorite dinnerware sets made from these sturdy mediums, which are essentially unbreakable. Scratch-resistant, shatterproof, and lightweight, each selection also has a refined aesthetic. They look sleek enough for your indoor dining room table, but afford you the opportunity to enjoy safely and stress-free under the stars—without sacrificing an ounce of style.

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