Tableware for the Great Outdoors

Even if the Winter hasn’t been terribly awful, it’s still nice when Spring arrives. Longer days, open windows, fewer layers. And, eventually, dining outside. Make the most of precious open air eating with tableware so nice you’ll even want to use it indoors as well as outdoors.

A selection of 6 opaque but colored glasses for tableware outdoors in colors black, blue, red, teal, yellow, and green against a white backdrop.
Photos courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

DuraClear® Tritan Outdoor Multicolored Double Old-Fashioned Glasses (set of 6) from Williams-Sonoma

Shattered glass is such a pain to get out of the pea gravel. Plus who needs the fuss of hand washing crystal after a barbecue? These BPA-free, dishwasher safe beauties won’t crack, break, cloud, or discolor to boot.

A variety of white tableware, white and orange napkins, orange accented silverware, and many crabs decorate a wooden table covered in newspaper while dining outdoors.
Photo courtesy of Hudson Grace

Melamine Street Eats Dinner Plate from Hudson Grace

With the look of paper plates, these long-lasting melamine versions will keep that casual vibe going for your tableware. They come in a variety of sizes as well as other shapes (including hot dog sleeves!) Dishwasher safe and break resistant.

A white plate on top of a white and purple patterned table setting holds white and purple patterned napkins folded to a point.
Photo courtesy of Pomegranate

Geo Feather Fuchsia Napkin | Set of 4 from Pomegranate

Paper napkins. Really? These Boho-chic, hand block printed cloth napkins in 100% cotton are colorful while transporting you to someplace fancy. Sigh, if only they still made that orange Bain de Soleil gelée.

A small rechargeable camping lamp sits on a wooden bench beside a coffee cup while three campers sit around a fire in the background.
Photo courtesy of Graypants Studio

Graypants Wick from Graypants Studio

Rechargeable models (typically using USB connections) are easiest. These charming aluminum lights can stay plugged in inside by day and brought outside at dusk. It’s a bit of tech that somehow feels old fashioned, in the best possible way.

A blue striped tablecloth on a table ready for outdoors eating, featuring white tableware on top.
Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Awning Stripe Tablecloth from Serena and Lily

First of all, that tassel edge! This yarn-dyed cotton cloth is just the right balance between casual and chic, and will complement everything you put on top of it. Machine washable, too, so no need to worry. Available in three sizes including square.

Story by Stephen Treffinger

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