There comes a time in every new marriage when the inevitable happens: you are some how cornered into throwing a dinner party that you are totally unprepared for (and if we’re being honest you probably don’t really want to throw). Where to begin? First of all, make sure you have lots of alcohol, AKA the great equalizer, the substance that is sure to bond people from your different social circles who wouldn’t normally have to all sit at a table (or in a backyard, or on a porch) together.
Secondly, make sure you have your good china hidden. Unless this is a “trying to impress the in-laws” dinner there’s just no need to risk it. Plus, let’s be honest, we all have that one friend who tends to imbibe a bit too much (sometimes pretty early on in the party), and has probably broken at least two to three plates in their friendship tenure, minimum.
“So what the heck am I supposed to do?!” you’re screaming at your screen. Yes, we know, you’re at the edge of your proverbial seat and you need answers! Here’s what you do: Register for some melamine plates (AKA super durable, not flimsy plastic) so that aforementioned friend(s) don’t have the chance to break any of your nice china (or heck, even your everyday plates!), and also so that your cleanup is a little less stressful (no hand washing required!).
But that being said, not all melamine was created equal. We’ve seen some that may as well be disposable even if they’re not meant to be, but plastic doesn’t have to look cheap! We’ve rounded up some of our all time favorite “I can’t believe this isn’t bone china” plates—pieces that we can attest to being as realistically "almost-china" in person as they are on your screen. Now all you have to find is the best looking acrylic drink ware, and you'll be set!