It’s finally time to dine al fresco! Skip the pricey patio dinners and dine in your own backyard with these stylish you-won’t-believe-they’re-not-porcelain plates and bowls.
Five plastic dish sets that don’t look cheap
Mix and matchPurchase a set of melamine dishes in the same pattern but in different colours and use them as one eclectic set. Eating outdoors means you can be a bit more casual without sacrificing any style. Threshold Coastal Melamine Appetizer Plate $2.49, available at Target stores across Canada.Image: Target
Hand-paintedGet the look of hand-painted pottery with this summery set reminiscent of Mediterranean earthenware. Azul Hand Painted Round Dinnerware Collection, $4.69 - $19.99, bedbathandbeyond.ca.Image: bedbathandbeyond.ca
ModernDo you prefer square dishes over regular round ones? Well, there's an outdoor-friendly style dish for every taste. These simple square plates and bowls will look modern on any patio. KSP Quad Melamine Side Plates, $5.99 for a set of four, (bowls, $7.49 and dinner plates, $8.99 for a set of four), kitchenstuffplus.com.Image: kitchenstuffplus.com
Just like ceramicThese are a little pricier than your usual melamine dishes but just look at them! Fool your guests into thinking they're dining on Italian glazed ceramic dishware until they lift a plate and realize how light it is. Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor Dinnerware in blue, $35.67 – $46.65, potterybarn.com.Image: potterybarn.com
Patterned and charmingPlastic dinnerware doesn't have to mean juvenile polka dots and flowers, these artistically-striped melamine plates will enhance any meal — even burgers from the barbecue. West Elm Striped Melamine Dinnerware, $5.15 - $6.86, westelm.com. Image: westelm.com