Beautiful Outdoor Dinnerware to Use This Summer
The heat of the summer means feasting outdoors with the grass (or sand) between your toes. Whether it's a picnic on the lawn, a casual dinner by the pool or beach, or a special occasion on the deck or patio, the right outdoor dinnerware can make all the difference.
To create a beautiful outdoor meal, you'll want to gather some cloth napkins, melamine plates and bowls, durable outdoor drinking glasses, and a sturdy tray to carry it all. We researched the best shatterproof offerings to add a splash of summer color while allowing your backyard fête to be all the more carefree. These pieces have the best look, feel, and design, so they're great picks for eating outdoors all season long. One of our favorites is Adelene Simple Cloth's Chalk Napkins. These colorful napkins have an old-world look and a soft texture that gets better with age.
To help you narrow down your choices, here is the best outdoor dinnerware currently on the market.
1. Purl Stitch Chalk Napkins
Adelene Simple Cloth makes these vintage-washed Chalk napkins in North Carolina using 100% yarn-dyed Belgian linen. The napkins come in 10 colors, from soft muted shades like lily and husk to bolder colors like rose and iris. Each napkin has frayed edges that accentuate the color of the fabric. The weave is extra-fine yet hefty enough to mop up errant strawberry jam. Made to last, these Belgian linen napkins get softer with time.
The square napkins (17-inch x 17-inch) are available in sets of two that will look great on any table. Perfect for outdoor dining, these classic napkins are super absorbent. To keep them looking their best, wash the napkins in cold water on a gentle cycle and air dry. ($56 for two, adelenesimplecloth.com)
2. Modern Tableware Vase
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, tf.design)
3. Duraclear Tritan Double Old-Fashioned Glasses
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, williams-sonoma.com)
4. Navy & White Lacquer Tray
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, vongernhome.com)
5. 1 / 2 & 1 / 2 Serveware
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, thomasfuchscreative.com)
6. Rope Napkin Ring
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, vongernhome.com)