Not-So-Fine China

As a bride-to-be you registered for all that lovely china with nary a thought about how your future kiddies could destroy it. So it is probably about time to replace your porcelain table setting with a more realistic (read unbreakable) set. In fact, this time of year — when retailers are selling “outdoor dinnerware” — is the very best time to shop for baby-proof dishes. Here are my favorite picks this season:

Black Melamine Dinnerware Black Melamine Dinnerware Set.
This sleek set feels very grown up, but it won’t break when junior dumps his plate off the highchair (for the 13th time today!), $24.99 for 12-piece set at
Bamboo Melamine Dinnerware Melamine Bamboo Dinnerware.
A bamboo core adds strength to this durable dinnerware. The stunning, zen-like simplicity is perfect for balancing dinnertime chaos. Starting at $3.95 at
Katie Collection Dinnerware Katie Collection Dinnerware Set, Orange.
This vibrant set is upbeat and fun. Just because you don’t want Spongebob dinner plates, doesn’t mean you’re boring! Starting at $12.99 at
Melamine Grid Set Grid Melamine Dinnerware Set.
A modern grid pattern in a cool blue tone is definitely dinner-company worthy. $31.99 for 12-piece set at
Preserve Dining Set Preserve Dining Set, Green.
The Preserve brand is known for making eco-friendly affordable, but I don’t love their outdoor dining set just because it’s green. While it’s a little less durable than melamine, these 100%-recycled plastic (BPA-free) dishes are also dishwasher-safe, totally reusable, and they’re a steal at $19.36 for 52-piece set at

Bettijo Bridges

Administrator at Paging Supermom
Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares creative ideas for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and holiday entertainment. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local TV. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. She enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Mom of 4 kids.

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