Article Alexa Brazilian
Function often trumps form when dining en plein air. No such trade-off is necessary with these unbreakable tin plates, silk-screened with antique china patterns, from Parisian shop Au Bain Marie. "My family had these same plates," said Connecticut decorator Sam Allen. "I remember pulling them out of the picnic basket and setting the blanket with them like a table." Unlike paper plates, they are hefty enough to withstand an errant gust of wind. (One caution: Cutting on them with a sharp knife can mar the designs.) Iznik Tin Plate, $14 each, aubainmarie.fr "