Durable enough for outdoor entertaining, but pretty enough to impress your guests.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated May 29, 2018
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Finished with a reactive glaze for a watery effect, these melamine plates are ideal for pool parties, beach houses, and picnics. To buy: $27 for 4 (originally $34), anthropologie.com
Anthropologie

If you spend most of the summer outdoors, hanging out on the patio and hosting dinner parties in the backyard, then a set of shatterproof melamine plates is a warm-weather essential. And thanks to a modern selection of melamine plates that look nearly identical to ceramic and stoneware, it's now possible to get outdoor dishes that are as beautiful as they are durable. Shop our favorite options below, then invite your friends over—you'll definitely want to show off these stunning sets.

West Elm

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A Set that Looks Like Stoneware

An organic shape and speckled finish make these plates look just like stoneware. But make no mistake, they're created from melamine, so they're durable and safe for outdoor parties. 

To buy: $5 per plate (originally $8), westelm.com

Bloomingdale's

2
A Tie-Dye-Inpsired Splatter Design

The splatter effect may make this plate look like it was crafted on a potter's wheel, but it's actually shatterproof melamine. 

To buy: $18, bloomingdales.com

Crate & Barrel

3
Durable, Shatterproof Pottery

Guests will think these dishes are glazed ceramic. But once they pick them up, they'll realize they're lightweight, yet durable melamine. 

To buy: From $18 for 4, crateandbarrel.com

Anthropologie

4
Fit for a Pool Party

Finished with a reactive glaze for a watery effect, these melamine plates are ideal for pool parties, beach houses, and picnics. 

To buy: $27 for 4 (originally $34), anthropologie.com

Pottery Barn

5
A Nod to the Nautical

Say hello to the most elegant outdoor plates you've ever seen. Choose from three colors—indigo, white, and turquoise—all trimmed with a nautical-inspired rope detail. 

To buy: $34 for 4, potterybarn.com