Have you ever been the host of a dinner party and had absolutely no idea how to decorate the table? Maybe you have not, but sure you want to try something new and eye-catching that your guests can compliment you on.

Not all dinner parties have to include a tablecloth but there has to be something protecting your table from greasy stains and falling cutlery. You can either choose to place mats underneath each plate or runners on each side of the table. Your best bet would be the tablecloth or placemats so that guests are not disturbed by the constant moving of the runner.

Choose a color theme that looks appealing to you. If it is not a specific occasion and is just a family dinner on a Sunday, then you can play around with different color ideas. The color of the tablecloth should be different to the color of the serviettes or napkins except the napkin is placed on the plate.

If you are going to put a centerpiece in the middle of the table it then it should be the focal point of the dinner table. On many dinner tables, the food will be placed in the center for everyone to serve themselves. If this is the type of setup you are planning on having then perhaps the centerpiece is for another day.

Centrepieces should not cover the face of the person opposite you. It either needs to be higher than the heads of the guests or only 20cm from the surface of the table. It could get uncomfortable for your guests to speak and not see the person's face that they are speaking to.

Only have the necessary amount of plates and cutlery set on the table. Without, the dish requires the person to use a specific utensil, rather have only one knife, one fork and one spoon.

Two glasses per person is enough for what they may drink for the evening. Usually a wine glass and a tumbler are placed for each person in case they want to drink juice as well as wine.

Decorative plastic under plates can be placed underneath the dinner plate to add to the décor colors. White plates are common as are white tablecloths so these decorative plates could bring a fresh colorful appearance to the dinner table.

Do not overdo the dinner table decoration with too many candles or clutter. Modern furniture such as dining sets are stylish and decorative in their own right so you do not want to crow these dinner tables with too many flowers, candles or overall decoration. Keep it simple, clean and elegant.