These pieces are as durable as they are attractive.

By Joe Harper
July 21, 2020
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The heat of the summer means feasting by the pool with the grass between your toes. These shatterproof offerings allow for your backyard fête to be all the more carefree (nothing kills a mood like broken glass) while adding a splash of summer color. You'll need some cloth napkins, melamine plates and bowls, durable outdoor drinking glasses, and a sturdy tray to carry it all. Whether it's a picnic on the lawn, casual dinner by the pool or a special occasion on the deck or patio, the serving tools can make all the difference. We selected several pieces for the best look, feel, and design, so read on for several great picks for eating outdoors all season long.

Best Outdoor Dinnerware
Credit: Victor Protasio

1. Purl Stitch Chalk Napkins

Credit: Heath Ceramics

Adelene Simple Cloth makes these napkins in North Carolina using 100% Belgian linen. The frayed edges accentuate the bold color within the weave, which is extra-fine yet hefty enough to mop up errant strawberry jam. ($60 for two,

2. Modern Tableware Vase

tina frey vase
Credit: Tine Frey

This handmade vase by Tina Frey may look like ceramic, but it’s actually made from durable, food-safe resin. It’s part of her Modern Tableware collection, and the white vase’s colored rim comes in cobalt, black, or red. ($69,

3. Duraclear Tritan Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

duraclear glasses
Credit: Williams Sonoma

These are a stylish option for plastic water or wine tumblers that look like real glass. They’re dishwasher safe and will never cloud or discolor. Each set features six unique hues. ($80 for set of six,

4. Navy & White Lacquer Tray

melamine tray
Credit: Von Gern Home

Available in three nesting sizes, this lightweight lacquer tray from Von Gern Home features rubber feet to avoid scratching surfaces. The white detailing provides enough contrast to give the blue some extra pop. (From $75,

5. 1 / 2 & 1 / 2 Serveware

Half and Half serveware
Credit: Thomas Fuchs

This collection from Thomas Fuchs includes a five-piece salad serving set ($75). Seen here in ivory and navy, the coloring is created with a hand-pouring technique using dishwasher-safe melamine. ($73 for set of 4 dinner plates,

6. Rope Napkin Ring

napkin ring
Credit: Von Gern Home

Von Gern Home puts a playful spin on the traditional napkin ring with this nautical rope version in navy, white, or black. The braided rope material can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth. ($15,