The Best Flatware for Entertaining Outdoors

What makes for great outdoor flatware? Above all else, it should be inexpensive and easy to clean (keep grandmother's intricate silver inside). Bonus points for any set with natural or nautical details that make make a casual backyard barbecue feel like dining in a posh yacht, glam campground or lavish maharajah tent.

Each of these options is not only beautiful, but priced just right to entertain four for less than $60 (and most are under $40). Here are my picks for the best summer flatware:

  1. Pic-nic Collection, Crate & Barrel ($9.95, 3-piece place setting)
  2. Flatware, Williams Sonoma ($14.95, 3-piece place setting)
  3. FÖRNUFT Flatware Set, IKEA ($8.99, 20-piece set)
  4. Core Bamboo Cutlery Set, Kohl's ($9, 3-piece place setting)
  5. Silver Rope Flatware Set, Pottery Barn ($34.50, 12-piece set)
  6. Twig Flatware, World Market ($15.96, set of 4 utensils)
  7. Faux Bamboo Flatware Set, Pottery Barn ($39.50, 12-piece set)
  8. OSTRON Turquoise Flatware Set, IKEA ($5.99, 12-piece set)
  9. Cambridge Spectrum Jungle, Hayneedle ($24.99, 20-piece set with rack)
  10. Sawyer Flatware Collection, World Market ($11.96, set of 4 utensils)

(Image credits: Crate & Barrel; Williams Sonoma; IKEA; Core Bamboo; Pottery Barn; World Market; Pottery Barn; IKEA; Hayneedle; World Market)