Dinnerware made from a durable material such as melamine or shatterproof glass is a good choice for patio dining. This dinnerware is less likely than traditional china to break when dropped on a concrete patio or deck. Patios with a wooden deck may be more suitable for heavy ceramic dinnerware.
Bed Bath and Beyond, as well as Crate and Barrel, offer serving platters for outdoor dining made from metal or wood. Bed Bath and Beyond offers a selection of outdoor dinnerware made from acrylic, shatterproof glass and melamine. Children's dinner plates for outdoor dining are often made of melamine and divided with indents for different servings of food.