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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Perfect Summer Dishware {Plus a Giveaway!}

It’s summertime, which means two things. One, we need to do something fun. Two, you need good dishes for summer entertaining. How about I combine the two by doing a giveaway (fun!) of my most favorite melamine dishes (perfect for summer)? Let’s do it.

Q Squared NYC Melamine Dishes - Perfect for Entertaining! Knoll Gardens Pattern | from @janemaynardPictured: Knoll Gardens Serving Bowl

I’ve been working with Q Squared NYC for some time now and continue to love their dishes and serveware year after year. Not only does Q Squared have gorgeous designs, but the quality of their melamine is top notch. I know you think you know melamine, but this melamine is just so much better than what you normally see in stores – thick, heavy (in a good way!) and just plain pretty. You can click here to learn more about what melamine is (I just discovered myself that it’s an organic-based material!) and why Q Squared’s is so lovely. We have a set of Q Squared plates we use every day. I’ve been cleaning them in the dishwasher for years and they look as good as new. And my kids have yet to break anything made by Q Squared. Their dishes are indestructible!

Q Squared NYC Melamine Dishes - Perfect for Entertaining! | from @janemaynard

While our family uses Q Squared dishes every day no matter where we eat, I am especially grateful for the dishes when we are eating outside. I have zero worries about anything getting broken. And I love hosting parties and taking food to potlucks because it means I get to break out all of my awesome Q Squared serving platters and trays. I kid you not, I get compliments on them every time.

Q Squared NYC Melamine Dishes - Perfect for Entertaining! Royal Lapis Pattern | from @janemaynardPictured: Royal Lapis Dinner Plate, Salad Plate and Bread & Butter Plate

Since it’s summer, I think you need a little Q Squared loveliness in your life, too! You have two options to make this happen. First, go shopping and use the code JANE20 to get 20% off everything at Q Squared (code is valid through Labor Day 9/5/16). I promise you will love whatever you buy! Your second option is to enter the summer giveaway below!

Q Squared NYC Melamine Dishes - Perfect for Entertaining! Knoll Gardens Pattern | from @janemaynard

To celebrate their beautiful new summer collections, including the Knoll Gardens and Royal Lapis patterns you see in this post, Q Squared is giving away a 12-piece dinnerware set to one of you lucky people! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which pattern you would choose. That’s all you have to do! Click here to view all of the collections. Be sure to leave your comment telling us your favorite pattern by Midnight PT on Friday, July 29, 2016.

I don’t want to influence you too heavily or anything, but I am head-over-heels in love with my new Knoll Gardens dishes. They are GORGEOUS. I mean, the Royal Lapis is gorgeous, too, but Knoll Gardens really has me smitten. 😉

Happy Shopping!

Thank you to Q Squared NYC for sponsoring today’s post and hosting the giveaway!


  1. 1

    The Royal Lapis is lovely!

    Thank you!

  2. 2
    Lynnette A

    I like the Lima

  3. 3
    Nora B

    I love the Fontainebleau!

  4. 4

    the knoll gardens!

  5. 5
    Melanie M.

    The Knoll Gardens is stunning!

  6. 6
    nancy b.

    I really like The Heritage!

  7. 7

    I love the Portsmouth.

  8. 8
    Peggy T

    Oh, the Knoll Gardens is beautiful!

  9. 9
    Holly W

    Definitely in love with the Knoll Gardens!!

  10. 10
    Becky Toler

    I love the peony set.

  11. 11
    Jen Carroll


  12. Cambridge Rose is gorgeous! Hooray!

  13. Q Squared is fabulous. I had no idea it existed. I want to replace all my 15 year old white melamine dinnerware from Target with Q Squared! Thanks for bringing it to my attention Jane! LOVE IT.

  14. 14
    Karen Castagna

    Beautiful dishes

  15. 15
    Mollie Payne

    Love the Royal Lapis! But the Lima is a close 2nd. Maybe I can buy one set, and win one set!

  16. 16

    Heritage. Or peony! Or knoll gardens! How do you pick just one favorite? These designs are beautiful!

  17. 17
    Kerri Papstein

    I absolutely fell in love with the Talavera in Azul dinnerware set!

  18. 18
    Angie B

    Royal Lapis, baby!!!

    I’m rubbing my royal eyes!!!

  19. 19


  20. 20
    Nicole Beckstrand

    Royal Lapis is my absolute favorite!

  21. 21
    Debbie the NY Baker

    I’m torn between the Diamond Square or the Pembroke – all the patterns are pretty, but those two caught my eye! I’d have to say the Diamond Square would be my ultimate choice. Thanks!

  22. 22
    Kerri S

    These are beautiful! Would love to win this!

  23. 23
    Donna King

    I love the Royal Lapis but Knoll Gardens is right on its heels! I could use some good melamine! Thanks!

  24. 24
    Nikki C-B

    Royal lapis is gorgeous!

  25. 25
    Melissa L


  26. 26
    Jane R

    Ruffles in Pebble! Because it absolutely looks like pearls!

  27. 27
    Doug Byrns


    Why haven’t any men responded? I like the one with the cookies!


  28. 28
    Bonnie l.

    Love the Royal Lapis

  29. 29

    I love Royal Lapis pattern (you always have good taste so how could I not?!).

  30. 30

    I love Royal Lapis!

  31. 31

    These are great. Need to replace those chipped plates.

  32. 32
    Elizabeth Paul

    Wouldn’t dinner be lovely on these beauties!!!

  33. 33

    I love knoll gardens too!

  34. 34
    Beth Shelton

    LOVE THEM ALL!! but the lima would be my pick!

  35. I love Knoll Gardens! Since we are living in Manhattan now, it is only fitting that I have plates from NYC, right?!?!

  36. 36

    I love the Royal Lapis…and the Ruffle…and the Heritage…SO pretty and so hard to decide!

  37. 37
    Jenny Wegner

    Love Royal Lapis!!!

  38. 38

    Oh man total heart eyes for Knoll Gardens!!!!

  39. 39

    I’m all for the Knoll Gardens

  40. 40


  41. 41

    Love these – not yer (my) Momma’s

  42. 42


  43. 43

    It’s so hard to choose, but I think I like Palazzo the best!

  44. 44
    Kim from PA

    I like Knoll Gardens

  45. 45

    So pretty! I pick Royal Lapis. Fingers crossed!

  46. 46
    Jenny Dil

    How fun! I would totally pick the medina!

  47. 47
    Auntie Barb


  48. 48

    So many beautiful patterns, but I like the Medina best.

  49. 49

    Love heritage!!! ❤️

  50. 50

    I would absolutely be so happy to showcase these beautiful dishes.

  51. 52
    Kari riedel

    They are all so pretty but I especially love the Lima.

  52. 53
    Rachel Hawkins

    Diamond round! can’t go wrong with classic white.

  53. 54
    Laura in San Diego

    Heritage! Heritage!

  54. 55
    Nicole Smith

    Knoll garden! And mix in some diamond round!

  55. since red is my favorite color I’m picking talavera in roja!

  56. 57
    Robyn Lilly

    Knoll Gardens is beautiful. My second choice is Peony.

  57. 58
    Erin Ellis

    My favorite is the Cambridge Rose in Colbalt. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  58. 59
    Janice Cooper

    I like the BellaDonna. Very elegant and formal!

  59. 60

    I really love the Royal Lapis pattern!

  60. 61

    royal lapis is my favorite!!

  61. 62
    Annamarie V

    I really like the Ruffle in spruce.

  62. 63
    Jen Mo

    I’m swooning over Heritage!!!

  63. 64
    Giant Sis

    I love Ruffle in Sapphire!

  64. I love the royal lapis

  65. 66

    Royal lapis is so elegant and pretty!

  66. 67
    Charlene Drake

    I think the “Lima” is the prettiest.

  67. 68
    Stacy Libby

    Stunning! I love them all… and would pick Medina!

  68. 69

    Definitely the Knoll Gardens — it’s just gorgeous!

  69. 70
    Jaclyn Reynolds

    Talavera in Roja is so beautiful! That’s what I would pick!

  70. 71
    manda overturf

    Cambridge rose in crimson

  71. 72
    Heather D

    I like the Talavera in Azul. It was a hard decision though.

  72. 73
    Jennifer Davis

    Cambridge Rose in Cobalt is beautiful!!

  73. 74

    I love the Pembroke. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such beautiful dish patterns before!

  74. 75
    wen budro

    My favorite pattern is the ruffle in paprika. A close second is the talavera in roja set.

  75. 76
    Lisa Vanhook

    I love the Bella Donna…

  76. my favorite pattern is KNOLL GARDENS! Such a pretty set!

  77. 78
    Diane Cornish

    i really like the Cambridge Rose pattern!

  78. 79

    Love the Knoll Garden pattern! so chic!

  79. 80
    Vicki Tunell

    Cambridge Rose in Crimson, I love it!

  80. 81
    diane reid

    I’m with Jane on this – I love Knoll Garden

  81. 82

    The Cambridge Rose in Cobalt is my preferred choice, primarily because our entire kitchen is accented in cobalt.

  82. 83
    Peggy Johnson

    My favorite would be the Palazzo set…so pretty!

  83. 84
    Michelle J.

    I love the Diamond Square!

  84. 85

    I love the KNOLL GARDENS! So gorgeous!

  85. 86
    Jenny S

    Lima is beautiful! So is Portsmouth. So many cool designs.

  86. 87
    Eva Dwyer

    Loving Blue Lapis as well!

  87. 88

    The Daimond Square!

  88. 89
    Debbie Jensen

    I love the ruffle in sapphire

  89. 90

    I would choose the talavera in natural. so pretty and would match my kitchen perfectly!!!

  90. 91
    megan tilley

    I really love the heritage design!

  91. 92

    I would definitely choose the peony collection! Thanks so much for the chances to win.

  92. 93
    Julie Waldron

    I like the Heritage collection.

  93. 94
    Christie Verola

    LOVE and have some of the Heritage Collection. They are by far the most impressive plates of my melamine assortment!
    Additionally when it comes to clean-up I love that Q Squared’s plates can go into the dishwasher on either top or bottom rack.

  94. 95
    Mary Jordan

    I would choose the Royal Lapis. I love the colors!

  95. 96

    I like the Hampton Toile- very nice!

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  97. 98

    Ruffles in white is my all-time favorite. Allows the food to shine.

  98. 99
    Cindy Holland

    Love the Knoll Gardens!!! 🙂

  99. 100
    Diana Cote

    I really like the diamond square dinner set. It’s gorgeous yet simple.

  100. 101
    Jolene H

    Talavera In Roja ❤️

  101. 102
    alice jurist

    Royal Lapis… It’s gorgeous.

  102. 103
    Marlene Witt

    I’m in love with the Talavera in Azul! It would be so perfect for my first apartment. 🙂

  103. 104

    I love the Portsmouth

  104. 105
    jeremy mclaughlin

    The Knoll Gardens.

  105. 106

    So hard to pick one but I like peony the most!!! 🙂

  106. 107
    Beverly Sayres

    Royal Lapis GOEGEOUS!

  107. 108
    Vera K

    Such a tough decision! I really love the royal lapis pattern.

  108. 109
    Ami Knecht

    How can anyone choose?!? Wow such striking designs. If I HAD to choose I would just be so happy with the Pembroke.

  109. Oh, the Knoll gardens are my fav, too.

  110. 111
    Laura Hurn

    The Peony in white …ethereal. Just lovely.

  111. 112
    Brittany Pinheiro

    Cambridge in crimson

  112. 113

    Yes to Royal Lapis !!
    Thank you ..

  113. 114
    Natalia L

    I looove Lima! So springy!

  114. 115

    Oh my, they are all so pretty. I love the ruffled dinnerware, but the TALAVERA IN ROJA would go perfectly with my kitchen, and it’s beautiful too!

  115. 116
    Ashlynn Campagna

    The Heritage!

  116. 117
    Dafne cadena

    That Royal lapis!!! So beautiful to have at the table.

  117. 118
    Brenda Haines

    I am in love with the Royal Lapis pattern! Thank you so much for this chance!

  118. Mmmm- would love to have the Peony!

  119. 120
    Shannon F.

    We must have the same taste because Royal Lapis and Knoll Gardens are my two favorites out of all of the collections! Which would I choose?! Ahhhh! Maybe I’d go with Knoll Gardens. lol

  120. 121
    Corey Olomon

    I would pick Diamond Round.

  121. 122
    Robin Gibson

    RUFFLE IN SAPPHIRE is my fav! Thanks

  122. 123
    Jessica Miller


  123. 124
    Holly Siminski

    I’d pick Peony!!

  124. 125
    Diana Hatch

    I love the Medina

  125. 126

    I would pick TALAVERA IN ROJA

  126. 127
    Pam Collins

    I absolutely LOVE the Portsmouth collection. Beautiful!

  127. 128
    Barbara W.

    Royal Lapis! It only took me about five minutes to choose (and I went back and forth between three others). 😉

  128. 129
    Mary Jacobowitz

    I really like the Royal Lapis as well. I did visit the website.

  129. 130
    Stephanie Phelps

    I would love love love the PEMBROKE 12PC MELAMINE PLATE SET

  130. 131
    Debbie Penney

    I would like the Pembrooke 12 pc Melamine Plate set. Thank you for this FANtastic Giveaway!

  131. 132
    Marcia Goss

    My favorite is Medina.

  132. 133
    Ashley C

    I like the ruffle in linen set!

  133. 134
    amy williams

    I love the ruffle in pebbel

  134. 135
    Summer D

    I also love the Knoll Gardens.

  135. 136

    I would pick the Hampton Toile! It’s so beautiful and classy!

  136. 137
    John Joseph

    The royal lapis for me. Love that design.

  137. 138
    lisa kay

    I really like the

  138. 139

    Oh wow, those are both so beautiful! So hard to pick one favorite! I think I would get the Knoll Gardens! We raise monarchs…so those are so perfect for us with all the flowers! The Heritage is so beautiful too! Oh plating up our dinners would be so much fun! 🙂

  139. 140
    Mary Beth Elderton

    So pretty! I really like the Royal Lapis.

  140. 141

    I remember having melamine as a kid…although nothing so pretty! The ruffle in sapphire is such a pretty blue!

  141. 142

    I like them all, ha, but the Cambridge Rose in Cobalt is really beautiful!

  142. 143
    Anne Perry

    I love the

  143. 144

    I would choose Medina!

    Have a great weekend!

  144. 145

    I love the blue lapis

  145. 146
    Ellie Wright

    You had me at Knoll Gardens. I don’t see another that I like near as much. They are beautiful!!!

  146. 147
    Stefanie G

    I love the diamond square dinnerware

  147. 148
    Ashley Taylor

    I like so many! I think my favorite is Talarvera in Azul.

  148. CAMBRIDGE ROSE IN CRIMSON and PEONY are my favorites!!

  149. 150
    Lindsay Hess

    I really like the Royal Lapis. Its so pretty and it would go very well with my kitchen!! Thanks!

  150. 151
    Darlene Owen

    The pattern I would choose is the CAMBRIDGE ROSE IN CRIMSON

  151. 152
    Jayedee DeWitt

    Hard to choose, but I think my favorite is Yuletide!

  152. 153
    Angie W

    That’s a tough choice! I’d probably say the Royal Lapis – love the colors

  153. 154
    Lynne Torgersen

    I really like the Hampton Toile.

  154. 155

    All of them are so pretty. I believe the knoll gardens is the best!

  155. 156
    Steph D.

    I think I would choose Essex! So beautiful! 🙂 It would be a difficult choice.

  156. 157
    Tracie Cooper

    I love the Ruffle Square plates!

  157. 158

    Royal Lapis

  158. You know, I really like the Diamond Square. I think because it is so different than anything I have ever had. It is so pretty.

  159. 160
    Debbie Welchert

    My favorite dinnerware is the Medina pattern.

  160. 161

    I really like the Ruffle in Msit Blue 12PC Melamine Dinnerware.

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  162. 163

    The knoll gardens is cool!

  163. 164

    I like Pembroke 12pc Melamine Plate Set.

  164. 165

    The Essex collection is the one that matches my kitchen best, but all of the Q Squared collections are lovely.

  165. 166
    courtney hennagir

    I am torn between the Portsmouth design and the Talavera in Azul design! Both are amazing,but I might have to pick Portsmouth.I love anything nautical!

  166. 167
    Cyndi br

    I would choose the pembroke pattern

  167. 168

    So hard to choose just one favorite. I like the Lima Collection. Thank you!

  168. 169

    They have so many beautiful items. I am a fan of blue, so my favorite set is Royal Lapis. I also like the Talavera in Azul set.

  169. 170
    ken ohl

    The Pembroke 12 piece Melamine Plate Set

  170. 171
    DeAnna Keller


  171. 172

    I would choose the DIAMOND SQUARE 12-piece melamine dinnerware set!

  172. 173
    Cheryl B

    I love the Ruffle in Linen.

  173. 174

    Diamond Round would be perfect for my kitchen!

  174. 175
    Kimberly Bauer

    The Essex patter is my favorite!

  175. 176
    Onyinye Elochukwu

    I love the Diamond square design. It’s always been in my radar.

  176. 177
    Jen V.

    Love the Diamond Square! Thank you for the chance to win!

  177. 178
    Allison S.

    I would also choose the Knoll Gardens.

  178. 179
    Donna L

    I would choose the diamond square.

  179. 180
    Shakeia Rieux

    I’d choose the Hampton Toile

  180. 181
    Kayla R

    Absolutely the Knoll Gardens!

  181. 182
    Sheila K.

    I like the peony set of dishes!

  182. 183
    shelly peterson

    I like the Talavera in Roja pattern.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  183. 184
    Sarah Drake

    Royal Lapis is my favorite. The blue reminds me of Kentucky-my home sweet home! We are currently in Nebraska where my fiancé is stationed. I enjoyed reading your post

  184. 185
    Janet m

    I like the royal lapis dish set 🙂

  185. 186
    Chelsey L

    I love the Diamond Square!

  186. 187
    Sherri J

    I like the ruffle in sapphire if that’s a choice…if not…I like the royal lapis.

  187. 188
    Jennifer Bay

    I love the Pembroke. Of course, they are all beautiful, but that is my favorite.

  188. 189
    Dana Matthews

    I love the Peony Collection…so elegant!

  189. 190
    Sue Hull

    I love the Knoll Gardens. Those plates are so pretty. I could use some new dishes. Thank you for the chance 🙂

  190. The Knoll Gardens so pretty

  191. 192
    Breanna Pollard


  192. 193

    I like the Diamond Square so chic..

  193. 194
    Angela Saver

    My favorite pattern is Hampton Toile! Thanks for a great giveaway! a

  194. 195
    Rachel Reynolds

    I am in love with Zen & Essex. I love them both, to hard to choose!

  195. 196

    I would choose lima!

  196. 197

    They are all lovely. It is difficult to pick one alone, but still, my vote goes for The Knoll gardens.

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