Summer is the ideal time to get out of the kitchen and into the backyard. Along with outdoor cooking, we also need dishware that’s designed for outdoor use, too. Glasses, plates and cutlery meant to be used on the patio or at a picnic have come a long way since the days of paper plates and white plastic (and easily breakable) forks and knives.
Today’s modern patioware is typically made out of strong acrylic that looks and feels like glass and china. This year’s summer designs are out and as beautiful as ever. Colorful artwork adorns dishes, glasses that replicate exactly the cut and shape of wine, water and juice glasses … they make you want to completely ignore your usual china dishes and use acrylic for entertaining instead.
Even discount or department stores are beginning to carry acrylicware that sports a designer look and feel. So, there’s no excuse not to stock your patio with these beautiful collections.
Have a look at this melamine plate and pitcher from Crate & Barrel. That company has actually commissioned a housewares designer to create an exclusive set for their customers.
These colorful Carnival Brights plates and Kira tumblers are fun and fresh. Find them at Pier 1.
Sometimes, you really want the plates and glasses to take a backseat to the food. Colorful dishes can sometimes take the focus away from the array of food on offer. In that case, a clear or solid color set is what you’re after. Target is featuring the Swivel Collection. Sturdy, functional and completely clear, these plates and glasses will showcase the meal.
Over to you: What kind of dishes, glasses and cutlery do you like to use on the patio?