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10 best melamine dinnerware and outdoor tableware

Looking for eye-catching plates to use when in the garden? Discover our top picks of durable melamine dinnerware for eating outdoors this summer. 

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Melamine dinnerware is a practical option for eating outdoors for a number of reasons. The material is shatterproof unlike traditional tableware. It’s also lighter to carry for garden lunches in a bag and the designs have come so far that you often don’t notice that the bowls and plates aren’t actually ceramic until you pick them up. 

It’s also an eco-friendly option as melamine can be washed and reused again and again, unlike disposable paper or plastic plates sometimes used for picnics and eating outdoors.

Whether you’re looking for elegant outdoor dining tableware for garden dinner parties, sturdy options for family barbecues or simply some extra-durable plates and bowls to keep in the cupboard, there are lots of melamine, bamboo and eco-fibre options to choose from. 

Here are 10 of our favourite melamine and bamboo dinnerware and outdoor tableware choices for stress free alfresco dining.

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Oka Peccioli melamine bowls, set of four

We love the rustic, distressed finish of Oka’s Peccioli melamine outdoor tableware – it’s hard to tell at first glance that these bowls aren’t ceramic. They’re available in both azure blue and forest green. Matching side plates and dinner plates are available if you want a full set of dinnerware. 

Available from Oka (£35)

Epicurean Rio medallion 26cm melamine plates, set of four

Summer in plate form, these Epicurean Rio melamine plates channel the colour designs of glazed clay, in a shatterproof and dishwasher-friendly form. 

Available from Amazon (£27)

Rex London melamine kids plates 

Melamine kids dinnerware can luckily handle side-swipes from high chairs onto floors by little hands. Rex London do a lovely selection of animal-inspired kids plates that feature animal illustrations in a variety of colours and designs. 

Available from: 
Rex London (£4.95)
Amazon (4.95)

VonChef 12pc melamine dinner set

This shatterproof set of melamine dinnerware comes with four plates, bowls and side plates and has a nicely ridged grey finish – a great set for relaxed outdoor lunches or dressed up dinners.

Available from VonChef (£24.99)

Marvo melamine dinner plates, set of four 

If you like a colour pop, these melamine plates by Marvo will brighten both your cupboard and your picnic basket. They’re a simple and well-priced option to consider. 

Available from Made (£12)

TALRIKA deep plates, set of four

Deep dishes like these melamine plates from IKEA are perfect for recipes that tumble, like pasta, or for loading up with a proper picnic selection, like potato salads, tabbouleh and halloumi in any iteration. True to IKEA form, this set is cheap as chips.

Available from Ikea (£10)

Amazon floral melamine salad plates, set of four

For light bites, these Amazon-inspired plates featuring exotic palm designs are one way to embrace the exotic from your garden lawn, picnic blanket or kitchen table. 

Available from Wayfair (£20.99)

BIOZOYG sustainable bamboo bowl, set of four

Made of eco-friendly fibre, these sustainable bamboo bowls are lightweight and stackable, making them great options for camping or simply taking on walks. They’re also dishwasher safe up to 60 degrees. 

Available from Wayfair (£35.99)

LEON bamboo picnic plates, set of four

The geometric patterns and bright pastel colours make these bamboo plates by LEON and John Lewis particularly nice options if you’re looking for a bright and simple outdoor tableware. 

Available from John Lewis and Partners (£18)

EMIKO blue bamboo serving bowl

Bamboo is a fast-growing and lightweight material that’s naturally sustainable. This serving bowl is 25.5cm across and deep enough for tossing large leafy salads that serve whole families. The outer side colour also contrasts nicely to the warmth of the wood. 

Available from Habitat (£16)

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