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How to set a table

Blue brushstroke print table runner.

Tablecloth and runner

A tablecloth or runner is a great way to mark a special occasion. A tablecloth covers the entire table, while a runner is a slimmer option that runs across the middle of the table, leaving space for your table setting places.

Set of 4 wooden placemats with black tray on a dining table.

Placemats and coasters

Placemats and coasters are a must-have for any dinner gathering. Why not choose a matching set to complete your theme?

4 piece stoneware pasta bowl in white glaze on a wooden table.


Our dinner sets come with everything you need for serving and dining. Most sets come with main plates, bowls, and side plates. Whether it’s an intimate tea for two, or you’re squeezing the family in for Christmas, we’ve got sets to suit all numbers.

Set of 2 black lidded mini caserole dishes served on a chopped board.

Oven to tableware

Take your culinary delights straight from oven to table with our stylish casserole dishes and roasters. They're as fabulous as they are functional.

Set of 3 nibble bowls in blue reactive glaze on a chopping board.


Elevate your serving game. Choose from a range of serving bowls, platters, and nibble bowls or perhaps mix it up. With a pop of pattern and texture, these serveware pieces are great conversation starters too.

A place setting of grey dinnerware and gold and black cutlery.


The cutlery is an essential part of any dinner party. There’s a range of designs available, from simple and sleek to quirky curves, handles and finer finishes. Similar to dinnerware, we have cutlery sets with 2 to 12 place settings.

A Habitat ribbed set of 4 champagne coupe glasses.


If you know the drink will be flowing, make sure you’ve got the glassware you need. Tumblers and glasses for wine, water and beer are essential – but you could also invest in some champagne flutes, latte glasses or drinking goblets.

Ribbed glass vase with foliage display on a dining table.

Centrepieces and finishing touches

Vasescandles, and reed diffusers all make excellent centrepieces, while some fancy salt and pepper millsartificial plants, and napkins are nice extras. Big occasion? Go all out with an ice bucket for your champers.

Different tableware styles

4 pasts bowls stacked in blue reactive glaze finish.

Put your best set forward

Tuck into these dinnerware trends. Our carefully curated trends are full of complementary pieces to help you craft your perfect set of dinner and tableware. Find styles that'll complement your dining space.

Habitat ripple textured 12 Piece stoneware dinner set in sage.

Your best set

Full of the finest pieces for that once-in-a-while special occasion. Whether it’s for entertaining guests with a three-course meal or a romantic candlelit dinner for two, these pieces make sure your table is dressed to impress.

Set of 4 pasta bowls in grey speckle finish on a kitchen worktop.

Everyday dinnerware

Simple, stylish and perfect for everyday meals. Whether it’s a traditional Sunday dinner, Friday takeaway or the before work or school breakfast, these are pieces that you’ll use time and time again.

A Habitat square 12 piece dinner set in white.


Hello, classics! Keep it timelessly versatile in your dining space with these white dinner sets that are sure to complement every meal and occasion.

Tableware guide

12 piece stoneware dinner set in white .

Types of tableware

Our dinner sets are predominantly made from either stoneware or porcelain. Both are ceramics, but there are subtle differences in construction and durability.

Stoneware tends to be a more durable and waterproof choice due to being constructed at high temperatures. This also leaves a thick and glossy finish.

Porcelain is stronger than both earthenware and stoneware and makes for an even longer-lasting dinner set. The main difference, however, is that it is translucent, while the others are opaque.

Choosing a dining table

Wooden dining table with grey wooden legs and bench.

Dine in style

As well as the table setting essentials, you want to make sure you’ve got the table to match.

Extendable tables are a popular choice if you’re in need of more space for special occasions – without giving up room every day.

Shop all dining tables

Looking for something more specific? Check out our dining table buying guide to find the best one for your dining.

More help and inspiration

Metal dining table with circular wooden top and 4 black faux leather joey chairs.

Dining room ideas

Update your dining space? Check out the latest trends and products for sprucing up your dining space.

Brown faux leather bar stool with black metal legs.

Breakfast bar ideas

Find out how to get the breakfast bar look in your kitchen with our range of tall tables and high stools.

Oak bench with handwoven seat page and black wooden legs.

Flexible dining

See our full range of space-saving dining furniture, perfect for apartments and small spaces.

Metal pasta maker on a kitchen worktop.

Kitchen gadgets guide

Make the prep for your dinner party even easier with our handy range of kitchen gadgets.