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We love a good outdoor summer party. There’s nothing like sitting by the poolside enjoying a meal or dining with friends al fresco style as the sun sets. But one crucial element should always be top of mind: the tableware.

Having the best tableware can not only elevate a summer soirée, but it can also keep you sane from all the pre, during and post-party activities. Our tip? Keep your party planning stress-free with Q Squared melamine dinnerware and serveware.

Forget what you know about melamine plates — Q Squared products are made with 100% high-grade melamine, hand-polished for a glossy finish. Although it looks like ceramic or porcelain, it’s virtually unbreakable — ideal for kid-friendly gatherings and that ‘no glass by the pool’ rule. Added bonus: it’s easy to clean and completely dishwasher safe.

So get planning early with a few of these ideas for outdoor entertaining, inspired by our Q Squared collections.

Brighten the Day

Brighten the day and the dinner party with the lively greens and fresh blues of our Lima collection. Add a splash of yellow with sunflowers and transform any dull wooden table with this unique color palette. And if you want to send guests home with a memento, set mini succulent planters on a platter as a takeaway.

Feel Patriotic


Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season, so set the picture-perfect table with our signature Ruffle collection in Mist Blue, Sapphire and Paprika. Mix and match our plates and bowls for that Patriotic shade, fire up the grill and celebrate the sun.

Sail into Summer


Bring the seashore to your backyard with our best-selling collection, Portsmouth. An ode to memories at sea, each pattern is intricately hand-drawn by Q Squared co-founder Alaina Young to create that nautical nostalgia. Plan a paella potluck party or beach-themed clam bake with these sea-inspired plates and platters.

Get Tropical


Turn your backyard into a pupu platter paradise with our Zen collection. For that authentic Hawaiian-inspired feel, buy banana leaves from a nearby Asian market and spread it over your outdoor table. Serve a mix of mango salads, grilled seafood kebabs and pineapple rice on our Zen platters and serving bowls for that perfect tiki touch.

Dine Al Fresco


Sophisticated and easy on the eyes, Talavera in Natural is designed for the demure al fresco table. Perfect for a small outdoor lunch gathering, keep the menu fresh with recipes like avocado and watermelon salad and shrimp summer spring rolls.

Live Elegantly Outdoors


A few things in life are better than a Sunday brunch outdoors. Impress guests with our Knoll Gardens collection. A romantic gathering of flora gracefully adorning each piece, this collection is a mother's favorite. Keep the menu elegant but simple and try this recipe from Wry Toast — whipped ricotta and crushed pistachios with drizzled honey. Enjoy!

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