In our opinion the table at a dinner party is as important as the food, and no one has given more thought to the perfect place setting than House & Garden stylist Charlie Porter. Whether your style is minimal or maximal, cool and refined or warm and colourful, her arrangements of tablecloths, napkins, cutlery, plates and glasses are sure to catch your (and your guests') eye. Scroll down to see her ideas and shop the products in the captions.

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    • Hand-painted ‘Fierce Leopard Linen Tablecloth’ (powder blue with fuchsia pink and ink blue spots), 160 x 300cm, £625, from Summerill & Bishop.
    • Linen ‘Pratham Round Tablemat’ (pink), £13.50, from Birdie Fortescue.
    • Earthware ‘Spotted Dinner Plate’ (pink), by Cabana, 27.5cm, £162 for a pair, from Moda Operandi.
    • ‘Flat End Stainless Steel Cutlery’, £220 for a 24-piece set, from Amara.
    • Linen napkin (pink), €30, from Svenskt Tenn. ‘Three Tone Wine Glass’, £9.99, from Zara Home.
    • Glass ‘Tumbler’ (pink & green), by Lawrence West, £39, from The Conran Shop.
    • Flowers throughout, from £35, from That Wild Bunch.

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    • ‘Everlasting Flower’ cotton tablecloth, 150 x 250cm, €66, from Svenskt Tenn.
    • Linen ‘Natural Lotus Placemat’ (green), £13.50, from Birdie Fortescue.
    • Ceramic ‘Nets Dinner Plate’ (blue), by Gien, 28cm, £25, from Nina Campbell.
    • Steel and resin ‘Ivory Cutlery’, £98 for 24-piece set, from Oka.
    • ‘Contrast Edged Linen Napkin’ (white & green), £15, from The Conran Shop.
    • ‘Coloured Rim Borosilicate Wine Glass’, £11.99, from Zara Home.
    • ‘Peony Glass Tumbler’, by Pols Potten, £77 for set of six, from Amara.

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    • ‘Pomegranate Design’ cotton tablecloth (blue), 168 x 264cm, £109, from Indigo & Will’s.
    • Ceramic ‘Flower Plate’ (pink), 28cm, £57.60, from Penny Morrison.
    • Linen ‘Lario Napkin’ (pale pink), £30, from Designers Guild.
    • Steel and teak ‘Bistrot Cutlery’, by Sabre, £16 a piece; ‘Bubble Glass’ (pink), by Memento, £11; all from The Conran Shop.
    • ‘Pink Glass with Clear Stem’, £5.99, from Zara Home.

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    • ‘Full Field Linen Tablecloth’ (rust red), 160 x 300cm, £385, from Summerill & Bishop.
    • ‘Wicker Placemat’, by Cabana, £126 for two, from Moda Operandi.
    • ‘Torquay’ ceramic plate, (blue), by Mottahedeh, 27cm, £50, from Pentreath & Hall.
    • Steel and resin ‘Cutlery Tortoise’, from £14 a piece, from Nina Campbell.
    • Glass ‘Berlingot Striped Tumbler’ (blue), by Laguna B, £79, from The Conran Shop.
    • Glass ‘Bloom Wine Goblet’ (pink), by Bitossi Home, £6, from Amara.

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    • ‘Celoctocaulis’ linen tablecloth (green), 180 x 390cm, €740, from Svenskt Tenn.
    • Melamine and rubber ‘Coloured Placemat’ (mustard), £12; linen ‘Napkin Baby Overlock’ (ochre & pink), £15; glass ‘Lucca Tumbler’, by Bitossi Home, £9; all from The Conran Shop.
    • Porcelain ‘Herbarium Dessert Plate’, 22cm, £140 for two, from Gucci.
    • Stainless-steel ‘Cutlery with Wood-Effect Handle’, £3.99 a piece; glass ‘Tumbler with Contrasting Base’, £5.99; all from Zara Home

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    • Cotton ‘Embroidered Throw’, by Khadi & Co, 135 x 225cm, £369, from Couverture & The Garbstore.
    • ‘Underlag’ seagrass and polyester placemat, £1.80; stainless steel and acetal plastic ‘Mogen’ cutlery, £20 for 24-piece set; ‘365+’ wine glass, £1; all from Ikea.
    • ‘Dots’ earthenware plate (cachou), 27cm, €88, from Caravane.
    • ‘Tortoiseshell Low Glass Tumbler’, £36 for four, from Oka.

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    • ‘Checked Cotton Tablecloth with Fringe’, 150 x 225cm, £49.99, from Zara Home.
    • ‘Marbled Enamel Plate’ (burgundy), 26cm, £12; and ‘Enamel Tumbler’ (red), £7.50; both from Labour & Wait.
    • Linen ‘Hem Stitch Napkin’ (ivory white with monogram in volga red), from £16, from Volga Linen.
    • Stainless-steel ‘Gamman’ cutlery, £19 for 24-piece set, from Ikea.
    • ‘Wine Glass with Wide Base’, £5.99, from Zara Home.

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    • Cotton ‘Tanzanian Green Check Cloth’, 112 x 185cm, £35, from Artisans & Adventurers.
    • ‘Jute Hemstitched Placemat’, £9.99 for two; stainless-steel ‘Classic Cutlery’, from £3.99 a piece; ‘Wine Glass with Contrasting Base’, £7.99; all from Zara Home.
    • Ceramic ‘Marbled Plate’ (blue), 28cm, £57.60, from Penny Morrison.
    • ‘Wackie Dot Glass’ (yellow), £55, from Nina Campbell.

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    • Linen ‘Dinard Tablecloth’, 150 x 190cm, £135; stainless steel and resin ‘Harlequin Cutlery’, £86 for 24-piece set; both from Oka.
    • ‘Placemat Coated Linen’ (white/navy), £23, from Nina Campbell. Porcelain ‘Striped Dinner Plate with Fronds’ (slate), by Marie Daâge, 26.5cm, £170 for two, from Rita Konig.
    • ‘Rovenza’ linen napkin (bright fuchsia), £45 for four, from Designers Guild.
    • ‘Porcelain Napkin Ring with Varied Designs’, £15.99 for set of four; borosilicate glass ‘Wine Glass with Contrasting Base & Rim’, £15.99; and ‘Jug with Contrasting Handle & Rim’, £29.99; all from Zara Home.
    • Central plate: ‘Sorano China Dinner Plate’ (off white), 26cm, £14, from Oka