I'd like to get some nice glasses/ plates to move my daughter up from kiddie stuff- that our whole family can use. Acrylic or other glasses? I would love some recommendations. Also dishes we can use for eating outside in the summer.
The seasonal aisle at Walmart has lots of this, and probably still has leftovers, plus Target has a bunch of plastic plates and glasses too. Most grocery stores with a household section have plastic/acrylic glasses and maybe plates. The Tervis double wall glasses and tumblers keep everything cold, and come with all types of specialty emblems for teams, or seasonal themes. Most grocery or discount stores have acrylic, and you can get them online through Amazon or directly (one was called Clearly Acrylic-I thought that was a neat name, and I own some of their tall steins too).
I second Corelle. We have a little one who often "helps" with the dishes (read: flinging them out of the dishwasher) and we have yet to have one shatter. I broke one, but it simply split in half,not 12 millions pieces like glass. I won't buy anything else.
For huge sets of Corelle (including patterns I never knew existed) go to one of the Corelle/Revere wear outlets. They have huge sets of entire place settings, and patterns that are different from the Walmart or store sets. The prices are great too. They also have a lot of kitchen type cooking sets cheap, and things you don't find elsewhere, like huge casserole dishes. Where I used to live it was about 30 minutes to this tiny outlet place that had a Corning outlet, and the prices were well worth the drive. In fact, I replaced my original Corelle wear with a huge set of 12 place settings, bought a big set of 12 each of the stainless steel knife/fork/spoon sets, and some nice covered, microwaveable bowls for dog water bowls, and saved a bundle.
To see where they are just go to: www.mallseeker.com, and either look at an entire state, or type the name of the store you want, and check the box for outlet malls only. Don't forget to look at neighboring states, because the closest one to me was in Florida, and I'm in Alabama. It will show what else is at the mall, and the phone number so you can check the hours, and if they still exist.