Five Melamine Dinnerware Sets Ideal for Outdoor Dining

Whether you're hosting a fabulous brunch or summer barbecue, melamine dinnerware is an essential addition to your table. Shatterproof and dishwasher-safe, these are some of our favorite finds that let you take the party outside without worrying about accidentally damaging your finest set.

Wood grain melamine dinner plate photo

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For Casual Get-Togethers

For simple dinnerware full of charm, look no further than this melamine collection. Made to look like real wood, they make a subtle (yet stylish) addition to your table setting. Get the complete set for a cohesive look, or layer with blue salad plates for a pop of color. ($11, usually $13; crateandbarrel.com)

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For a Complete Set

With its pretty marble pattern and lightweight design, this 12-piece melamine dinnerware set is ready for any occasion. The set includes dinner and salad plates as well as bowls, which is ideal for hosting your next brunch, bridal shower, or summer soiree—especially when you pair it with rose gold flatware. ($39; amazon.com)

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12-piece outdoor melamine dinner set photo

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For an Authentic Look

When you want the look of earthenware but the durability of melamine, set the table with these rustic-inspired plates and bowls. The 12-piece set features wide-rim plates with rubbed edges for a vintage, earthy feel that mimics the look of real ceramic. It's available in six colors, but we suggest ivory for greater versatility. ($125; williams-sonoma.com)

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Red and black melamine dinnerware collection photo

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For International Cuisine

This melamine dinnerware collection is a must-have for serving tasty Asian-inspired recipes. Use the small dishes for soy sauce and other dips, pick up the covered bowl for rice, and serve sushi, dumplings, and more on the bento box plate. You can even whip up egg drop soup for a pre-dinner treat. (from $12; worldmarket.com)

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Medallion print melamine dinnerware set photo

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For an Outdoor Fiesta

Add pops of color to your next outdoor party with this melamine dinnerware set. Featuring a Mediterranean-inspired floral design and terra-cotta touches, this pottery-esque dinnerware set would be ideal for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Now all you need are some festive margarita glasses for the occasion! ($85, usually $130; wayfair.com)

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