best dhatterproof dinnerware for summer outdoor entertaining
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Unbreakable glasses, plates, and other stylish and shatterproof dinnerware is just what you need for eating outside this summer.

With BBQ season in full swing, it’s high time to invest in some shatterproof, outdoor-friendly dinnerware. Why now? Well, because you’re going to want to eat outdoors every chance you get—and even if you’re not hosting guests this year, the more meals you enjoy al fresco, the higher the chances that you’ll break a wineglass or chip a plate or two.

Enter these unbreakable plates, bowls, platters, and cups that are so durable they can be dropped, thrown, tossed, and—well, you get the point. But beyond withstanding the occasional fall and the power of a dishwasher, we think they’re particularly stylish too.

Cupture Insulated Wine Tumbler Cup with Drink-Through Lid, 8 for $27.95 from Amazon

shatterproof wine glasses


Please award a prize to the person who designed this magical drinking vessel, an insulated wine glass that will keep your whites cool (ditto your reds) and can be knocked over by a child’s wandering arm without worry. Each glass gets its own colored top to make it easy to know that you’re not inadvertently swapping germs, either.Buy Now

Corkcicle Insulated Stemless Wineglasses, 2 for $55.95 from Williams Sonoma

Corkcicle Insulated Stemless Wineglasses

Williams Sonoma

Only need one or two wineglasses that can withstand wayward children and/or clumsy adults? Corkcicle makes great stemless glasses and flutes constructed from triple-insulated stainless steel in eye-catching colors (you can find even more on Amazon). They have spill-proof lids too.Buy Now

Swirl Melamine Chip and Dip, $17-24.50 from Pottery Barn

melamine chip and dip set

Pottery Barn

Peel the avocado, peel the avocado. Guacamole. Guac-guacamole. Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves after seeing this stunning vehicle for getting chips and dip in our belly (but break it out for dessert dips too). It’s available in two shades of blue or a classic white.Buy Now

Greta Dinnerware Plate, $26 from Katie Kime

Katie Kime shatterproof plates melamine free

Katie Kime

Serving platters in cactus prints, bowls covered with citruses, and our personal favorite, these striking geometric-patterned plates, are all part of Katie Kime’s indestructible dinnerware range. Dishes are also BPA-free, made with no melamine or formaldehyde, and 100 percent manufactured in the U.S. Plus, they’re safe in the microwave, dishwasher, and even a convection oven or regular oven too! (Yes, you read that right.)Buy Now

Siren Song Prairie Melamine Plates, 4 for $68 from Food52

Siren Song Prairie Melamine Plates


If you like a more homespun pattern, these quilt-inspired plates are charming as all get out, and made from sturdy melamine. (These melamine paper plate dupes also caught our eye, but they’re so convincing in looks we’d worry about accidentally tossing them out!)Buy Now

Le Cadeaux Havana Melamine Appetizer Plates, 4 for $34.25 from Home Shopping Network

vintage look melamine plates


You know those luxe, beautifully antiqued, Euro-inspired ceramic plates you always see in expensive home decor stores? Yep, these look just like them and won’t crack in half if you place one down on the table too quickly. Williams Sonoma has similar styles in a range of colors (sold in full sets or by individual pieces).Buy Now

Happy Hour Acrylic Pitcher, $26.50 from Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn shatterproof drink pitcher

Pottery Barn

Every outdoor get-together needs a pitcher of something, and this durable option made from acrylic is both shatterproof and easy to serve. It also comes in blue- and pink-tinted versions if you like a little more color—but of course, clear will let your sangria really shine.Buy Now

Fortessa Tableware Solutions Veranda Outdoor Tumblers, 6 for $45 from Food52

Fortessa Tableware Solutions Veranda Outdoor Tumblers


These melamine glasses are patio-proof but look like fancy glass—especially if you opt for the vibrant blue, smoky gray, or warm amber hues. There’s a matching pitcher too, and you can choose from short or tall tumblers as you please.Buy Now

French Bull 11-Inch Serving Bowl, $24.99 from Amazon

shatterproof serving bowl


This statement bowl is great for serving pastas, salads, or (our personal choice) crispy chicken fingers. It comes in a variety of bold patterns that will brighten up any summertime backyard decor.Buy Now

Threshold 14-Inch Melamine Serving Platter, $10 from Target

melamine marble serving platter


This faux marble serving platter looks so good your guests won’t even know it’s not the real thing. Bonus: It’s about half as heavy as the real thing too, making it ideal for outdoor gatherings.Buy Now

Pique-Nique Melamine Bowl Set, 3 for $31.56 from Sur La Table

Sur La Table Pique-Nique Melamine Bowl Set

Sur La Table

Even when life’s not quite a bowl of cherries, you can still eat out of cheerful cherry bowls. This nesting set is made from dishwasher-safe melamine and incorporates some subtle plaid accents too, perfect for picnics. Peep the matching set of lidded condiment bowls too!Buy Now

Blue Shibori 33-Ounce Melamine Bowl, $3 from Target

Blue Shibori 33-Ounce Melamine Bowl


If you prefer a moody blue, this shibori-pattern bowl is perfect. (And the watery shade evokes the pool we wish we had.)Buy Now

Sara Miller Flamingo Melamine Bowls, 4 for $24.99 from Macy’s

flamingo print melamine bowls


Flamingo prints scream summer, so it’s no surprise they’re popping up on outdoor-friendly dinnerware too. For these stylish soup slurpers, go with gazpacho since it’s heating up outside.Buy Now

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Dan Koday is a New York City based digital and social media content expert, writer, and editor. His work has been featured in Food & Wine, InStyle, Robb Report, Marie Claire, BRIDES, Martha Stewart Living, and American Airlines, amongst many other prestigious publications. Before becoming a full-time digital and social media content consultant, Dan most recently held the titles of Managing Editor at Time Inc. and Digital Director for Teen Vogue. He is dad to a black and tan Pomeranian named Fluffy.
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