Entertain Outdoors With Shatter-Resistant Plastics

Grilling out tonight? Entertaining on the patio? Stick with shatter-resistant plastic ware and worry no more about breaking a fragile wine glass or ceramic plate. Today there are myriad plastic cooking tools, plates, cups, serving dishes, and cutlery that can help make outdoor entertaining easier, beautiful—and worry free.

Here are a few ideas to get your outdoor party started:

Preserve On the Go Tableware Party Pack: These lightweight, brightly colored cups, plates, and utensils are durable enough to stand up to use after use—plus cleanup is easy because they’re dishwasher-safe. Best of all: they’re made with recycled plastics, so they recapture this valuable material.

Sur La Table Silicone Basting Brush: This basting brush is terrific for the grill, whether you’re basting meats or oiling grates. The removable, dishwasher-safe brush head is made with durable silicone plastic that will stand up to high heat and repeated use.

Sur La Table 2-in-1 Grill Brush: This tough, brightly colored brush is a must-have for any serious griller. The durable plastic tool features a grill-cleaning brush, scraper, and scrubber for maximum versatility. And a convenient hook lets you hang it right on the grill.

Sur La Table Hamburger Press: This handy device helps you quickly and easily make uniform hamburger patties every time. The hamburger press makes half-inch-thick patties with a unique impression for more even cooking. Made with durable plastic, pop it into the dishwasher after use for easy cleanup.

Hobnail Outdoor Drink Ware: This set of drink ware is perfect for cocktails on the deck. The vintage hobnail pattern on these margarita glasses, tumblers, goblets, and double old-fashioned glasses looks and feels like traditional crystal—but because they’re made with a durable plastic, they’re shatter-resistant and dishwasher-safe.

Barrel Outdoor Drink Dispenser: Perfect for lemonade, ice tea, and other refreshing summer beverages, this attractive dispenser makes a great addition to your outdoor décor and lets your guests serve themselves throughout the party. The dispenser looks like glass, but it’s actually made with durable acrylic plastic.

Talavera Melamine Condiment Set: These colorful condiment bowls make a festive addition to any picnic table—and they can keep your mustard, ketchup, and relish organized and tidy. Even though they have the look of handmade pottery, these bowls are actually made with a tough, dishwasher-safe plastic.

Kuhn Rikon Pairing Knives: Made with high-carbon steel and coated with nonstick silicone plastic, these knives are a must for any cook. The plastic coating makes for a smooth cut and easy release of food for faster, cleaner cutting. And each knife has its own plastic sheath for safer storage and transport.

Rope Serve Bowl: The perfect size for serving summer salads, this bowl will complement nearly any outdoor décor. It has the appearance of delicate hand-blown glass, but it’s made with a durable, shatter-resistant plastic.

There are many more options to suit nearly any budget, décor, or party theme. The versatility and durability of plastics can help make preparing and serving food a bit easier—and with less worry about breakage, you can focus on having fun with your family and guests.

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