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May 10, 2024

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We divvy out chores in my household, and honestly, the kids have loved to help from a young age. When Greta was 2 or 3 she started unloading the dishwasher, just because that’s what she saw us doing. Now it’s Polly’s chore to set the table for dinner because our older two girls walk the dog and feed the dog. She started doing this last year as a 5-year-old, and I wanted to get melamine plates so it would be a little more manageable for her. And honestly, now we use melamine dinnerware most of the time! If someone else sets the table, we may use the plates I got last year, but melamine holds up surprisingly well and is easy for little hands to handle. It’s also a great for outdoor place settings. Bonus: It also comes in an incredible array of colors and patterns!

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Melamine Plate | Chaise Lounge Chair | Sunglasses | Striped Towels | Sun Hat (similar)

White Jeans | Tan Tee | Gold Chain Earrings | Green Adidas | Gold Oura Ring | Backyard Sources

Here are some of the plates and platters I’ve been eyeing lately to add to our collection:

  1. 9″ Natural/Cream Melamine Salad Plate (set of 4) $8
  2. 10.5″ Cream/Poppy Melamine Dinner Plates (set of 4) $9
  3. Melamine Blue Floral Serving Platter $14
  4. Dark Grey Bamboo Melamine Serving Platter $15
  5. Berry and Thread Melamine Salad Plate $24
  6. Fontaine Melamine Platter $32
  7. Blue Posie Melamine Plates (set of 4) $34
  8. Scalloped Melamine Dinner Plates (set of 4) $38
  9. Odette Melamine Dinner Plates (set of 4) $38
  10. Kaloh Melamine Outdoor Dinner Plates (set of 4) $42
  11. Laya Melamine Dinner Plate (set of 6) $52
  12. Cruz Melamine Oval Platter $55
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  1. JULIE says:

    As a family with three young children, melamine is our “fancy” dish ware, an upgrade for the paper plates. We have a stone looking set that even fools our guests. We also have a set of the dorm room plastic plates for microwaving since melamine doesn’t belong in the microwave. Keeping glass and porcelain out of our house has been a safer upgrade knowing that our kids can handle the dishes and they won’t break!

  2. monica says:

    Wow, am surprised you use this for everyday dinners. I think it is pretty well known that if you use knives to cut food on melamine you are releasing micro plastic particles which you then inject. We use melamine judiciously for sandwiches or other things where we feel confident that we won’t be injecting microplastic. I would think that with alll of Julias man health issues, the family would use regular dishes for everyday meals!!!

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