For easy alfresco entertaining, stock up on these chic yet durable plates, platters, and other party pieces.
Kate Spade New York Melamine Collection
For a fun and festive meal en plein air, this snappy-looking dinnerware is no-fail. The collection of plates, glasses, and platters featuring bold stripes, polka dots, and cheery phrases (“Salut!”) makes it a breeze to host a stylish outdoor bash.
To buy: $14-30, macys.com.
Rope Outdoor Serving Set
Whether you’re tossing a light summer salad or serving a heartier main course, this fork-and-spoon duo can handle the job. Pair the set with a matching serving bowl or work it into your existing dinnerware collection. It's available in six colors, including turquoise and indigo.
To buy: $18.50, potterybarn.com.
Under The Sea Melamine Appetizer Tray
You don’t have to be seaside to appreciate this watercolor-inspired appetizer tray made with hand-applied decals. With a sophisticated sea-theme, it makes an elegant backdrop for even the most basic finger foods.
To buy: $16, anthropologie.com.
Outdoor Café Glasses
This set of six, polished glasses looks like the real deal but is made of shatterproof acrylic. Available in three shapes—double old-fashioned, highball, and water goblet—they have a heavy, high-quality feel and are dishwasher-safe (top rack only).
To buy: $25, ballarddesigns.com.
Mint Melamine Batter Bowl
Who says the fun can’t start until the food hits the table? This mint batter bowl puts a fresh spin on party prepwork, with a striking retro design and a practical no-slip base. When you’re not using it to whip up brownies, leave it out on the counter to bring a pop of color in your kitchen.
To buy: $13, worldmarket.com.
Bamboo and Melamine Serveware
This rustic collection (it includes a large lidded bowl, seven-piece condiment server, and three-part cheese tray) is tough enough for the wear and tear of patio parties but sleek enough to work indoors too. With a neutral, basic design, these pieces fit in with any decor and won’t ever end up looking dated.
To buy: $20 each, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Rice DK Light Mint Melamine Cups
Use these versatile cups to upgrade a weeknight meal or bring a splashy look to a backyard dinner. You can mix and match with the other color offerings (apple green, aqua, and more) or stick with one shade for a monochromatic table. It's suitable for hot or cold beverages.
To buy: $15.80 for two, bellakoola.com.
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