Get ready for the season of joyous alfresco dining with bright, beautiful and practical tableware and seating. Disposable paper and plastic do nothing for the mood, not to mention the environment. Besides, the selection of outdoor goodies we’ve put together from Overstock and Pier I Imports is so reasonably priced, why waste money on things you’re just going to toss in the trash!
SEATS OF POWER
Your supremely comfy, hand-woven chairs can be compactly stacked and stored at summer’s end. Or use them to add a splash of color to a bedroom or great room the rest of the year. Solidly constructed of wrought iron, polyethylene and polypropylene, they’re a cinch to clean with a soft, damp cloth. $399.96 for four chairs.
A CLEAR CHOICE
Keep your warm or cold beverages at the perfect temperature in 16-ounce acrylic tumblers with double-wall insulation. Condensation and sweating are eliminated so you won’t need coasters! We love the clear set, which will show off everything from colorful smoothies to homemade lemonade, but it comes in colors, too. Only $12.49 for a set of four tumblers.
Named after a town in France where this style of cutlery originated in the 1820s, Laguiole stainless steel flatware with French Blue curved handles will be a standout at picnics or elegant dinners. Each five-piece settling includes a dinner knife and fork, soup spoon, salad fork and dessert spoon. $79 for four place settings.
SHOW YOUR COLORS
It’s hard to choose just one of these beautiful, bright colors, so why not buy all four and set the happiest-looking table in the neighborhood, inside or out. Pretty and practical, the textured plates are made of shatter-resistant Melamine, and can be cleaned on the top rack of the dishwasher. Four dinner and four salad plates are under $35 and will serve you in style for many seasons to come.
Set your colorful Melamine plates atop the snazziest placemats we’ve ever seen. Each mat is 15 inches in diameter and can be spot cleaned. But even if your four-year-old grandson tips over the mustard or ketchup bottle when he’s reaching for the bowl of potato chips, the whirlwind of colors will pretty much hide the aftermath. Just $1.98 a mat.