Outdoor Dining Essentials That We Can’t Believe Are Made of Melamine

published May 26, 2018
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With summer entertaining just around the corner, it’s time to refresh last year’s tired tumblers and worn-out tableware. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a ton to get a high-end, high-quality look. Forget the glassware and breakable pieces; this year it’s all about easy to serve, easy to care for melamine. With prints and quality this great, your guests will be coming back for seconds (and thirds!). Read on for our choice picks below.

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Melamine Serving Bowl, $10.47 (was $14.95)

For a super sleek, keep-them-guessing serving vessel, this melamine option from Crate & Barrel will wow even the most diehard dining connoisseur. It’s made of BPA-free materials and food safe, for a salad or side dish that’s sure to impress.

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Elevate your cheese board presentation with this durable Chinoiserie-inspired platter. The gold bamboo trim only ups the luxe factor. It’s dishwasher-safe, too.

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If you’d like to convince your dinner guests that you’re serving on the real thing, this beautiful swirl plate so closely resembles glazed stoneware they’ll have a hard time believing you when you spill the beans. Additionally, there are bowls and salad plates (sold separately) should you prefer a matching tablescape.

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Up your greenery game with this minimalist set of salad servers. The pretty rose hue works with a variety of dishware and might even match shades of the sunset on the evening you use it.

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For a hostess gift that’s sure to please (or simply a treat for your own entertaining needs), this personalized melamine resin serving tray mimics grained wood—and you’ll be hard-pressed to tell a difference. Surprisingly, it’s oven-safe for up to an hour, so you don’t have to reserve it for specifically room temperature or cold items.

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End the meal on a sweet note by serving dessert on these palm-tree printed plates. Your guests will feel like they’re taking a vicarious adventure to a tropical isle while they enjoy the most delicious part of the meal.

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Forget the ugly, practical cups you used to reserve for dining al fresco. These colorful Pantone melamine cups are not only lightweight, but stylish, too. We’re partial to the light green hue (perfect for summer!), but you can mix and match with the other colors to liven things up.

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Melamine Pie Plate, $4.99/each

These high-grade, chip-resistant melamine plates are featured in an adorable, colorful zig-zag print. The pie shape lends the perfect touch to a casual meal if pizza is served, or brought out for dessert to showcase your grandmother’s favorite cherry pie recipe.

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Melamine Nut Bowls, $19.20/set of 4 (was $24)

These tiny artist-crafted melamine nut bowls are sold in a set of four and are perfect for setting out before the main course. Fill with your choice of nuts, olives, wasabi crackers, and dip for an appetizer arrangement that’s sure to satiate until the main course arrives.

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For those who’ve outgrown the collegiate red Solo cup as their vessel of choice, why not offer them this updated (and MUCH chicer) pastel assortment? Since they’re crafted from melamine—and are BPA free—they’re reusable, and a total steal, to boot!