16 Tableware Pieces For Summer Hosting
From barbecues to brunch, hosting friends and family during the summertime is such a treat. If you're looking to level up your outdoor dining space, incorporating bright and vibrant tableware is a must. We curated the best summer tableware that will elevate your outdoor dining experience and hosting game. We found modern and elegant dinnerware sets, serveware, and more for every aesthetic.
Serve up a storm with the cutest mini dip bowls, contemporary drink dispensers, and the fanciest olivewood board for cheese spreads. Create refreshing summer drinks in sleek or colorful glassware. If you have a boho vibe, get the rattan serveware set or a rustic dinnerware set. We even found a few vibrant and colorful pieces inspired by a traditional Sicilian summer. Shop our top picks ahead.
For Dips: Threshold Melamine Lancashire Mini Dip Bowls
If your go-to for hosting is an array of delish dips, you need these cute Threshold Melamine Lancashire Mini Dip Bowls ($10 for three). They're perfect for salsa, guacamole, hummus, tapenade, and so much more. These beige bowls also go with a lot of other serveware.
Coastal Serveware: Threshold Bamboo and Melamine Serving Platter Set
From fresh fruit to yummy snacks, the Threshold Bamboo and Melamine Serving Platter Set ($15 for two) is perfect for serving up a storm. The serving platters come in two sizes and are dishwasher safe. You can also get them in a playful lemon pattern or a fun orange theme.
A Boho Vibe: West Elm Merida Rattan Serveware
If your outdoor space is a boho vibe, get the West Elm Merida Rattan Serveware ($15-$86, originally $25-$86). You can get a chip and dip platter, a charger, a set of four coasters, a round serving tray, and a rectangular serving tray.
Something Vibrant: Williams Sonoma Sicily Outdoor Melamine Large Rectangular Platter
Inspired by the Sicilian summer, the Williams Sonoma Sicily Outdoor Melamine Large Rectangular Platter ($30) is a durable yet stunning serving platter that is scratch resistant and shatter resistant. It's perfect as a cheeseboard or a serving dish for barbecues. The intricate yellow and blue design and floral details add a traditional touch to your decor.
For the Salad Course: Williams Sonoma Sicily Outdoor Melamine Salad Plates
Brighten up your table with these stunning Williams Sonoma Sicily Outdoor Melamine Salad Plates ($13-$52). With detailed designs in a yellow and blue colorway, these plates are truly a work of art. It's a beautiful way to incorporate a traditional element to your space.
For Refreshing Beverages: West Elm Streamline Drink Dispenser
Serve refreshing beverages with the sleek and contemporary West Elm Streamline Drink Dispenser ($99-$119). It comes in either a small or larger size. You can get a natural wooden base, a black metal base, or a white ceramic base.
A Cute Snack Bowl: Threshold Bamboo and Melamine Figural Snack Bowl
The Threshold Bamboo and Melamine Figural Snack Bowl ($3) comes in three shapes: a lemon, a leaf, and an apple. It's perfect for serving fruit, nuts, ice cream, and other refreshing treats.
Something Yellow: Threshold Cork Coaster Set
Lemon motifs are such a summer vibe, and the Threshold Cork Coaster Set ($3 for four) will brighten up your dining area. The cork coasters are durable and will protect your tables from watermarks and spills. You can also get them in a tropical leaf pattern and in an orange-themed pattern.
A Calming Vibe: West Elm La Jolla Glass Dinnerware
The West Elm La Jolla Glass Dinnerware ($16-$48) has a calming yet alluring swirl pattern and comes in cool-toned shades like blue, lavender, teal, and black. You can choose between salad plates, dinner plates, appetizer plates, and cereal bowls, all of which come in sets of four. You can also get a bigger salad bowl, a serving bowl, or a charger.
Durable and Stylish: West Elm Fluted Acrylic Glassware
If you don't want glass, go for acrylic, which is durable and also pretty. The West Elm Fluted Acrylic Glassware ($29, originally $32) looks so refined and polished. The set of four comes in four different colors and two sizes.
A Cheeseboard: Williams Sonoma Olivewood Board With Cloche
Create the yummiest cheese spreads with this Williams Sonoma Olivewood Board With Cloche ($100). The cloche can protect your food from pesky flies and critters.
Colorful Dinnerware: West Elm Modern Melamine Dinnerware
The 16-piece West Elm Modern Melamine Dinnerware ($152) set comes with everything you need for a backyard party. It has plates, bowels, and what we like to call blates, the perfect in-between dishware. It comes in six chic color choices, ranging from neutral to vibrant.
Sleek Glassware: Horizon Acrylic Glassware
The stunning, simple, and elegant Horizon Acrylic Glassware ($20-$25 for four, originally $28-$36) will elevate your experience. It has a modern design that will make even boxed wine feel fancy. It comes in a stemless version, a red-wine version, and a white-wine version.
A Farmhouse Vibe: Williams Sonoma Rustic Outdoor Melamine Dinnerware Collection
Perfect for the farmhouse aesthetic, the Williams Sonoma Rustic Outdoor Melamine Dinnerware Collection ($7-$140) is durable with an antique look. It comes in a ton of different colors as well, so you can decide to keep it neutral or add a fun pop of color. You can get plates and bowls in sets of four and other serveware individually.
Contemporary Serveware: West Elm Kaloh Melamine Serveware
If you have a contemporary aesthetic with a neutral vibe, the West Elm Kaloh Melamine Serveware ($15-$42, originally $30-$60) is a great option to consider. The modern pieces come in two colorways, black and white or completely white. You can get a chip and dip platter, a multipiece platter, a salad bowl, and a serving tray.