Pottery Barn Puebla Melamine 12-Piece Dinnerware Set

Melamine Dinnerware That's So Pretty You'll Be Willing To Risk the No-See-Ums for a Chance To Use It

It's dinner on the porch again!
By Patricia Shannon
June 11, 2021
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When the weather turns warm, we're heading outside for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktail hour alfresco. Forget the bugs and pests, these warm nights are too good not to enjoy-especially if we're properly stocked on the best citronella candles out there. These melamine dinnerware sets are designed to make eating fun, festive, and shatterproof. Wondering what melamine is? It's a compound manufacturers use to create plastic dishes, some countertops, utensils, and more. While melamine offered by trustworthy retailers is safe, it's best to heed manufacturer instructions on whether using melamine dinnerware in the microwave is safe. Now that we've covered the basics, let's dive into the best melamine outdoor dinnerware-we just know it will inspire you to head outside this season and beyond.

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Choose from three different, punchy patterns: Floral, Oranges, or Palm Leaf. Each duo makes the perfect pair for chips and dip, drink garnishes, and more. Serve it up, then drop them in the dishwasher for no-fuss cleanup.

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Delicate gold edges elevate these pink melamine plates, giving them a festive spin. The smooth, matte finish is an unexpected touch you won't find with most melamine options.

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