Published on June 12, 2019

For some, camp isn’t just a Met Gala theme with surprising tie-ins to a major home decor trend. Camping can also signify the peak of summer, a nostalgic activity whose highlight reel includes friends and family sitting around a fire. The advent of warmer weather coupled with the recent prevalence of nostalgia-inducing design has us zeroing in on one specific part of the campfire—the plates. Enamelware seems as integral to the camping lifestyle as bug repellent. Luckily, it’s a whole lot chicer.

This retro dinnerware style is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance. Buzzy brands like Golden Rabbit and Hay are rapidly making it their signature, and there’s a remarkably wide array of enamelware out there. Even if you aren’t the biggest camper, you’re sure to find something that speaks to your aesthetic; if nothing else, consider it a durable alternative to disposable dinnerware that will see you right through outdoor entertaining season. Here’s how to bring this camping classic home.

If you need plates…

Opt for Falcon’s simple blue-rimmed enamelware collection, which speaks to the classics. If you’re in the market for a bit more color, dip-dyed and splatter paint options will spice up your tablescape in no time. Keep the base simple with a white linen tablecloth and let the plates do the wowing.  

If you need bowls…

Summer smoothie bowls are best enjoyed alfresco in one of these stylish enamel vessels. Terrain’s handled bowl offers a rustic touch—it almost looks like an antique you’d pick up at a vintage market—while Bornn’s and Farmhouse Pottery’s are all about pops of color.

If you need cups…

For a real camping vibe (minus the tent), both Canvas Home’s mugs and Best Made Co.’s tumblers have that coveted retro style down. New to the enamelware game is Hay, offering a Scandinavian take on the dinnerware design that feels more modern. All options deserve a spot in your kitchen’s open shelving.

If you need servingware…

When entertaining alfresco, an army of versatile trays is a must. Any of these vibrantly hued pieces will take your aperitivo hour to the next level; they’re perfect for more casual get-togethers, in which you serve your guests family-style.

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