As summer approaches, many of us start thinking ahead to the days where we can enjoy eating outdoors. Whether you’re hosting a garden party or a family barbecue, outdoor dining is always a pleasant change from the usual routine of eating indoors. 

Outdoor dining does, of course, raise one issue though. What do you use to serve the food? Paper plates seem like the obvious choice for many people. But they can be difficult to use and are perhaps too informal. This leaves you with the dilemma of either using unsatisfying paper plates. Using plastic ones that easily warp, or risking bringing out one of your dinner sets

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The answer to this dilemma is to invest in dinnerware that will look stylish while also being robust enough to be used outdoors. Dinner sets made of materials like melamine or tempered glass are perfect for outdoor dining. As they are incredibly resilient and are heat resistant. Read on to find out more about these materials. Along with some of the most popular colours and patterns for outdoor dining sets.

Melamine

The opinion is divided when it comes to melamine and the use of melamine dinner sets. However, plates and bowls made from the material are perfectly safe to use. As long as you avoid putting them in the microwave or using them in a way that isn’t recommended by the manufacturer.

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This stylish and practical alternative to more fragile dinnerware materials like porcelain and ceramic is an ideal choice for outdoor dining occasions. High-end melamine products are often both fire and heat-resistant these days. Making them perfectly capable of handling summer barbecues. And have the added benefit of being easy to clean and far more robust than traditional dinnerware. 

Tempered Glass

The gold standard when it comes to break-resistant dinnerware. Dinner sets made from tempered glass are guaranteed to make it through a fair few summers of outdoor dining. As most brands are heat-resistant. They are convenient for oven-to-table dining, allowing you to save on the number of dishes you will have to carry out into the garden with you. This also means that food can be plated directly from the grill. Without any danger of warping or cracking your plates.

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Dinner Set Trends for Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining is by its very nature a far less formal affair than a meal you would have at the dinner table. So it makes sense that the type of dinner sets you would use for outdoor dining also have a less formal tone in terms of design and colour scheme.   

Popular trends include the use of bright and summery colours. Combined with bold prints and modern designs for a truly contemporary look that is the antithesis of paper plates which often make an appearance when eating outdoors.

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Perfect for summertime, this year’s Pantone colour of the year Living Coral lends itself well to dinnerware that you are planning on using outdoors. Thanks to its warm and vibrant tone.

Rustic styles are also well-matched to eating outdoors thanks to their casual look and earthy tones. Tone and texture are both key players for dinnerware this year. With the look of hand-thrown pottery being particularly en vogue for 2019. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to invest in pottery dinner sets for your garden. But do try and look for patterns that mimic the effect. 

For something more traditional, floral patterns are always a safe bet as they are always in style and fit well with the tone of outdoor dining. To avoid your dinner sets looking like a family heirloom. Stick to modern patterns in bright colours that will age well. Rather than a traditional floral pattern which can easily look dated. 

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