Outdoor melamine dinnerware
*This article has been updated for accuracy, August 2020.

Raising the bar for chic picnics

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about eating outside and picnicking. I love all the outdoor accessories that go with outdoor eating. Here are some new versions of unbreakable, melamine dinnerware products.

Melamine-Plates---fish-pattern-appetizer-plateThis is an adorable 4.5” appetizer plate. It has a non-slip silicone bottom so it can sit securely if you need hands-free grazing. It is dishwasher safe.

Melamine-Dinnerware---Oldham-Harper-trayDesigner Todd Oldham must have been reading A Sharp Eye and rediscovered American Modernist Charley Harper’s fabulous bird and animal illustrations. (Read ASE article) This Cactus Tray is 13” x 13” and has a delightful animal illustration. It is $31.95

Charley Harper CardinalsThis is a 7″ melamine 4 plate set featuring Charley Harper’s illustrations with cardinals. This high-quality porcelain is dishwasher- and microwave-safe and comes packaged in a decorative gift box. $49.95

Under the Coral Melamine Plates

This is a set of four Under the Sea Coral. There is a crab, octopus, pufferfish and turtle in the set. They are 9” in diameter and dishwasher safe, not good in the microwave. On sale for $33.00.


Qsquared is a wonderful site carrying only melamine dinnerware. There are many patterns and solids to choose among and the prices are good. One of my favorites is this Portsmouth 10.5” dinner plate. $14.00 each.


The Portsmouth dinner plate has companion pieces. The 8” compass salad plate is $11.00, the 16” platter is $46.00, the 5.5” bread plate is $6.00, 12” serving bowl is $37.00 and the 6.5” cereal bowl with an anchor is $11.00.

Qsquared Azul Talavera Melamine

Another Qsquared pattern I love is Azul Talavera. It comes in a 12 piece set; dinner plates, salad plates and cereal bowls. $169.00

Melamine-Dinnerware---Sea-urchin-appetizer-plateThis sea urchin 8” dessert plate will go with anything! It is dishwasher safe, not good for the microwave. It is $14.99.

Tuscan Influenced Melamine

Wayfair has this Tuscan influenced dinnerware set for $59.96. 4 appetizer plates are being included if you buy now.

Need more ideas? Visit our earlier articles on melamine:
Look Ma, I Can’t Break It!

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