The idea of who you would invite round for your dream dinner party is not a new one, so today’s blog post is not going to revolutionise the bloggersphere, however like a university student spending a night in A&E there are rites of passage that we must all go through.
So, here’s mine.
Arguably the most important part of any dinner party. My only suggestion would be, keep it simple.
The chances are you’re going to have a fairly mixed crowd, so you’ve more chance of people being happy by picking something basic.
But basic doesn’t have to mean nasty or bland. It just means something you enjoy and know that you can make really, really well and easily.
For starters, Leek and Potato soup with bacon lard-ons (love that word), then my specialty – it has to be bangers and mash. Seriously, I could eat it all day.
For pudding, I’m not sure. I’m not great at puddings, so I think I might just steal my sister’s recipe for cheesecake.
Really? There has to be entertainment?
This is what’s always bothered me about Come Dine With Me. If the food is right and the guests are right and the wine is flowing, there is no need for any planned activity.
The entertainment will come from the conversation. It may end up in an impromptu display of line dancing, or a game of strip poker. But you don’t need to structure fun.
Well, here’s the biggie.
I think I’d probably have to have a few different dinner parties in order to entertain everyone I’d like to.
I’m gonna take four guests here. The first one would be Dame Julie Andrews. I’ve got a bit of a thing about her at the moment as she’s over here doing a bit of publicity for her ‘Evening with…’ tour.
She’s a fascinating woman who starred in what is probably the best film ever made. But ultimately, I don’t care what she has to say, as long as she’s saying it. Her speaking voice is beautiful.
Having seen Will Young on Question Time previously, he’s very educated, and eloquent man. He’s also a beautiful singer (perhaps he could be the entertainment?) as well as a beautiful man. If the party gets out of hand and we all get a bit raucous and drunk and Will wants to stay over for the night, well then, that’s fine too.
The next one is a bit of an obvious one if you’ve read my blog before – JK Rowling. I love her. I think she’s a brilliant writer and a real inspiration to me. I just want to ask her and talk to her about everything about the writing process.
Queen Elizabeth II.
I mean, how amazing would that be, right? She’s such a familiar face, but we know next to nothing about her.
I’d love the opportunity to interview her and hear candidly just what exactly makes her tick. What she likes and what she doesn’t.
So, that’s it. That’s my dinner party. A singer, a writer, an actress and a monarch. A fascinating (to me) mix, and now I’m a bit disappointed that it’s not actually going to happen.
I’m also surprised that I didn’t pick anyone from EastEnders. Is Pam St Clement free?
Prompt: Channel 4 invite you to do Come Dine With Me. Who’s invited and what’s your entertainment?