There's something about outdoor dinnerware that gets me so much more excited than the regular indoor stuff. (Last year I even made my husband go on a special, way-out-of-the-way excursion to help me track down the last set of Target-Marimekko plates in all of New Jersey. It was worth it.) Maybe it's because I love warmer weather and eating outside? Or the fact that I don't have to worry about accidentally breaking the stuff? Or maybe it's because the patterns always seem way more fun? Whatever the reason, I love outdoor dinnerware and I'm always shopping for it.
To say I fell hard last January when I saw these plates by Xenia Taler at NY Now (a super-fun twice-annual trade show in New York City that gives buyers and members of the media a special chance to look at upcoming products), would be the understatement of the year.
They're made from sustainable bamboo, which is an even better alternative to paper or melamine. (They're also biodegradable and will break down naturally if you were to bury them in the dirt — although I have no idea why you'd ever want to do that. You can't use them if they're in the ground!) And they feature the prettiest patterns I've ever seen.
Note: They're dishwasher-safe, but not microwave-safe.
Look at those speckles!
And this cute grid pattern!
The plates will hit stores by early June and are currently available for pre-order now. I just can't wait to get them and plan a backyard picnic. I've seriously been thinking about them since January!
Pre-order: Bamboo Tableware, from $44 for four at Xenia Taler
Oh, and while you're on the site, check out all the other oh-so-cute gear. The coasters, trivets, and tumblers aren't made from bamboo, but they're still pretty swoon-worthy.
What do you think? Do you love these as much as I do?