The best outdoor tableware for your summer of al fresco dining

Now that the sun is shining and picnics are back on the cards, it’s high time we kitted ourselves out with some proper outdoor tableware. Luckily there is loads of great picnicware on the high street, with something to suit every taste and budget.

Melamine and plastic tableware has come a very long way in the last few years and it’s now just as stylish as your everyday glasses and ceramic plates and bowls. Whether you prefer fun prints and designs or a more minimal and chic affair, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our round up of the best outdoor tableware.

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If you’re hosting a full-scale outdoor dinner party, you can find everything you’d need from wine glasses and serving trays to dipping bowls, pitchers and a full matching tableware set, all in unbreakable plastic. Or if you’re going for a more casual knees-up, some colourful enamel mugs for hot chocolate by the fire pit will work a treat.

Make sure the rest of your garden is prepared for a summer of al fresco dining, too – why not get yourself a cute bistro set (perfect for romantic meals for two) and definitely make sure you’ve got a top-notch BBQ ready to fire up. As for summer 2021’s most sought-after garden accessory? The hanging egg chair, of course!

Best outdoor picnicware

Picnic pasta bowls, £15, Marks & Spencer

Flamingo picnic wine glasses, £15, Marks & Spencer

Bamboo orange plate, £7 and lemon plate, £7, Trouva

Jungle leaf plate, £5, Marks & Spencer

Large lemon picnic platter, £8, Marks & Spencer

Orange picnic highball glasses, £12, Marks & Spencer

Salad bowl with servers, £20, Next

Melamine snack pots, £8, John Lewis

cork placemat

Cork Mats, £2.75, LIGA

enamel mug
Not On The High Street

Bright enamelware mug, £13.50, Not On The High Street

blue melamine dinner set

Bali 12 Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set, £63.99, Wayfair

plastic wine glasses

Set of 4 Faceted Plastic Wine Glasses, £16, Next