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Trend Spotted: Patterned Melamine

Trend Spotted: Patterned Melamine
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Now is the time to prep your home for outdoor entertaining. Whether you have a tiny balcony where you host dinners for two, a sprawling yacht for Sunday-evening cruises, or a backyard prêt for barbecues, melamine is a must-have material. Don’t have any outdoor space to call your own? Melamine is the perfect thing to toss in your picnic basket and tote to the beach or the park. The sturdy plastic is virtually crack-proof and as durable as can be. When you’re serving hot dogs and hamburgers and you have barefoot children running around, you don’t want to be precious about your serving pieces; melamine is your friend.

Melamine comes in a wide array of shapes and colors, but we’ve seen patterned melamine plates taking the entertaining world by storm. It’s no surprise: When your dishes and other serving pieces bring the fun, you don’t have to worry about table linens, runners, and other decorative accents. Scroll on to shop a few of our favorites.

Fantastic Fruit

From papaya to citrus to bananas, melamine plates and bowls adorned with fruit bring a decidedly summery vibe to your table. Try mixing and matching fruit patterns with geometric ones, and feel free to mix fruits, so long as the color scheme is complementary.

Photo by Mark Weinberg

Photo by Mark Weinberg

Geometric Patterns

Stripes, plaids, and geometric shapes will infuse your tabletop with visual interest. Mix these patterns with nature-inspired designs or fruit prints for a flavorful setting.

Nature-Inspired Designs

Bring a bit of the outdoors out with patterns inspired by nature! From under-the-sea creatures to tropical leaves to traditional florals, a lively pattern is just what your picnic table needs.

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