Your patio’s no place for the good china, but paper isn’t your only option when you dine al fresco. These melamine marvels elevate any backyard meal. Even better, they stand up to decades of use with a little bit of care:
Wash by hand or on the top dishwasher rack.
Don’t use steak knives or scratchy scrub brushes.
Rinse off foods that stain (tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar) after eating.
Keep clicking to see our favorite colorful picks.
Confetti plates are made from recycled materials and come in nine colors. $41.75 for 6; Amazon.com
This fanciful Mermaid plate works for parties or every day. $5.98 for 2; WorldMarket.com
The Moroccan-inspired Tangiers Sunrise lends your BBQ an exotic touch. $60 for 4 dinner plates; Bongenre.com
The Pesce appetizer plate looks just like hand-glazed pottery. $28.50 for 4; PotteryBarn.com
Make a basic white tablecloth crisp and cool with the Perspective salad plate. $27.80 for 4; ZGallerie.com
The SONOMA life + style Butterfly & Leaf dish has the feel of a lush garden. $5.99 each; Kohls.com
Add a splash of sunshine to your table with Carnivale’s bold patterns. $4.50 each; WestElm.com