Our Favorite Plates, Bowls, Cups, and Carafes for Eating (and Drinking) Outdoors

For many people, summer means eating outside. It’s the time to dig shatterproof cups and dishes out of storage and put them to use, whether at a beach picnic or a poolside barbecue. Good outdoor tableware should be lightweight and durable enough to toss into a tote and bring to the park and safe to use wherever bare feet may be in the picture (ahem, no glass or ceramics). When we asked our staff for their favorites, they vouched for an array of cute yet sturdy carafes, wooden serving bowls, bamboo and melamine plates, and plastic cups. All are excellent alternatives to disposable dishes and add personality to your table (or blanket).