A few weeks ago I posted about our little Hampstead Mary Poppins life, and I mentioned that Julie Andrews would have to be one of my dream dinner party guests. A friend then posed the question, who else would be sitting around the table of my dream dinner part? And so I had a bit of a think about who I would invite, and so here is my list of childhood icons and current day idols that I dream of sharing a meal with...
1. My husband Pete. He would always be my number one dinner guest. I couldn't imagine any important moment in my life that isn't shared with Pete, it just wouldn't make sense to me. And also, he is such a wonderful host, he has a wonderful way of putting everyone at ease while I blush like a nervous school girl! If anyone can manage the wine list for a night like this, Pete is your man!
2. Gordon Ramsay. I would be nervous the entire time, and would probably become a little bit of a potty mouth as a result, but would love to just sit and pick his brain about different methods of cooking. I would love to hear more about his transition into one of the most decorated chefs in the world. I would want to know his favourite meals, and would tell him that it started an hour or two earlier just so he could help me out in the kitchen!!
3. Princess Mary. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is an Australian girl who met a guy "Fred" at a bar in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics. Turns out, "Fred" just so happened to be the Crown Prince of Denmark, and they fell in love, got married and now have four adorable children together, living out their happily ever after in Copenhagen. She is so elegant and mature, and is living a real life fairytale. I invited her (and the Queen) to our wedding, so of course I would have her at dinner!
4. Dame Julie Andrews. I want to learn more about her life and how she has maintained such elegance and dignity throughout her life. I would also of course want some parenting tips (outside from just a spoon full of sugar), and have her sing grace before dinner! Julie Andrews seems to be such a strong and capable woman. I would love to hear about her early career on Broadway and just listen to her beautiful accent for a few hours!
5. Martha Stewart. I would just want to sit and talk shop. I want to know how she had the confidence to launch her ideas into the biggest creative empire in the world. I want to talk to her about my creative vision and get some advice on all the millions of ideas cluttering my head. I would probably take my financial questions elsewhere though. Too mean. But talking about food and creativity would be so inspiring.
6. Mindy Kaling. You always need someone who can bring together a group of random people and lighten the conversation. I find Mindy absolutely hilarious. I've been giggling my way through her book and just find her sense of humour aligned with my funny bone, and when I'm done blushing from all the hugely intimidating other guests, I just feel like her and I would be best buddies!
7. David Attenborough. Could you imagine the stories he must have? It would be incredibly fascinating just spinning a globe and picking a landscape for him to tell you his adventures of that area and the animals he encountered. I would need to sit there with a pen and pencil and come up with a stellar list of places to see before we die! To hear the voice that everyone has been listening to in documentaries for the past 50 years would be such a treat!
8. Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. I'm not sure if you would know this about me, but I have a side interest in aviation. I did some flying lessons when we lived in Melbourne and just loved it. One day, I would love to get back into the cockpit and get skilled up! Sir Kingsford Smith was an Australian aviator who did the first trans-Pacific flight from the US to Australia, the first non-stop flight across Australia & the first trans-Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand. He was the original Maverick and I would love to listen to all the adventures he had.
9. Megan Follows. But you would probably know her better as Anne Shirley. I always thought I would be a wonderful Megan of Green Gables. I have loved Anne for as long as I can remember. It was her who taught me that my imagination, sentimentality and romanticism could be strengths, or at the very least, constitute a large component of what makes me, me. I would want to know how Gil is now, because in my vivid imagination they are growing old together in Avonlea. I think Megan Follows is a brilliant actress and would just love to meet her!
So there you have it, my dream dinner party guest list. I of course am number 10, of course! I started thinking of what I could possibly serve all of these phenomenal people, but got flustered even pretend-planning, so thought i'd just imagine a wonderful blend of Australian cuisine mixed in with all my favourite elements of food we've tasted in our travels.
I had so much fun thinking of who I would love to sit and natter with all night, and for a few moments, actually thought it might be a possibility too, so its good to have my list solid in case a magic genie appears! Have you given much thought to who you would invite to your dream dinner party?