The return of melamine about 8 years ago brought a modern spin to an old product... now there's some great designs out there at very affordable prices. Melamine is not only great for summer al fresco dining for the obvious reasons, but with kids I use it all year long, not usually for dinner but when the kids want lunch or a snack instead of paper plates.
Here are some great designs from French Bull...
... for the young ones
Matching ice bucket
Neoprene bottle tote
This dinnerware is safe to eat on not like some of the dinnerware products from China (see French Bull website).
Wishing you great patio dining without the bugs!