Acrylic is a good alternative to glass for outdoor use since it won't shatter dangerously like glass drinkware.
Melamine is a lightweight, durable, hard, and water-resistant plastic, making it a great choice for creating beautiful outdoor tableware.
If you are like me you want your table to look fantastic whether you are serving a seven course meal or the perfect steak off the grill. I found a great site that has some beautiful choices in both melamine and acrylic choices that I'm sure will inspire you like it did me to think outside the dinning room for your next dinner party. What's your outdoor entertaining style? Check out Merritt Dinnerware | Home and Patio Decor and tell me what your favorites are. I love the form and colors their Turquoise Natural Elements Tableware and Rainbow Prism Tumbler Sets. Both of these sets will be on my Holiday Wish List for sure.