5 Beautiful, Unbreakable Outdoor Plates That Look Just Like Ceramic

We recommend West Elm's Organic Stone Melamine Plates.

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Blue Melamine Plates
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. . Photo: 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.

One of our favorite sets, the West Elm Organic Stone Melamine Set is crafted to mimic elegant stoneware.

A Set that Looks Like Stoneware

West Elm Speckled Melamine Plates
West Elm

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.

A Tie-Dye-Inpsired Splatter Design

Blue Splatter Melamine Plate
Bloomingdale's

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.

Durable, Shatterproof Pottery

Ceramic Melamine Plate
Crate & Barrel

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.

Fit for a Pool Party

Blue Melamine Plates
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

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.

A Nod to the Nautical

Teal Rope Melamine Plate
Pottery Barn

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.

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