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 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 amazon.com.
| 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 crateandbarrel.com.
| 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 target.com.
| 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 amazon.com.
| 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 walmart.com.