The Think Write Thursday topic for this week is to plan a dinner party, inviting 3 people, living or dead.
I have to say, even though this topic was created by Kat and I, this was tough! Not tough because of the concept but tough because it was very hard to narrow it down to just 3 people. I considered so many different options! Famous people that are alive, famous people that are dead, family members that are dead, friends who live far away, family members who live far away … and on and on and on. At one point I really thought I’d write about the dead family option and started planning the dinner with my mom and dad and brother as guests. And then I thought, nope. My mom would criticize my cooking and my dad would criticize my brother and everyone would be upset and have indigestion. I ultimately rejected anyone I already know, living or dead, because I can predict how that dinner party would go and – good or bad – I think something unpredictable would be more fun.
Enough beating around the bush, here’s my guest list for my dinner party President Obama, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. What a night that would be, huh? I figure the Obamas are going to have some free time on their hands pretty soon and Oprah, well, she’s not taping a daily show anymore so they all ought to be available. (Plus, meeting Oprah has been on my bucket list fo-ev-er.) We would talk about politics and Chicago and education, about racism and civil rights and health care and all that big stuff. We’d talk about books and movies and music and it would be amazing. There would, no doubt, be things we didn’t agree on (hello, single payer) but it would be okay because, as the President said in his farewell speech Tuesday night, if you’re arguing with someone on the internet try talking with them in real life instead. Real life face-to-face conversations are always the best kind and I know the conversations at my dinner party would be fantastic.
I’d make it a casual affair because I figure the Obamas have had quite enough of those state dinners. Honestly, I’d probably recruit my friend Sean to do the cooking because he’s an incredible cook and he makes fabulous ribs and grilled chicken. (He’d also kill me if I didn’t make sure he got to hang with these people.) Dale would ply President Obama with local craft beers and Oprah and Michelle and I would drink some good red wine and there would be pie for dessert. It would most definitely be a night to remember.
If only, right?
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Very nice of you to include me! And of course I’d cook for you!
Talk about INDIGESTION……?!?!?!?
I don’t usually comment but today I just had to. When I first read the prompt I immediately thought, I would invite the Obama’s as well. I wouldn’t invite Oprah because I would definitely have to invite Neil Diamond. Meeting him has been a dream of mine since I was a very young girl.
President Obama and Michelle were some of the first guests I considered, too, but I couldn’t think of the third guest. I didn’t want to invite just one of their daughters! Since you’ve planned this loveliest of dinner parties, maybe I can come and help Sean cook? Pretty please?!
I want to come to your party!!!
I love this guest list! And, I agree it was SO to pick just 3!!
I see I’m probably only third or fourth in line to help cook, so what if I offer to do dishes for this group?
As both a feminist & realist, I might lean towards a group that would be lively, opinionated and like to see things get done. Michelle Obama (although I think Jill Biden would be a good alternative if Michelle is busy). Ann Richards, former TX governor and Eleanor Roosevelt. This seems like a group I could cook for. Some sort of low and slow cooking for the meal and something chocolate for dessert like Brownie Fudge Pudding. All casual and delicious served family style to pull everyone into the conversation.
And if one of them couldn’t make it, Hillary Rodham Clinton would lend some great perspective to the group. Wow, only three is hard, but that dang glass ceiling would be quaking at the end of the night.
Mary K. in Rockport says
What a great idea. We all could use some cheer.
Excellent choice for guests…though I also love Robby’s idea of Ann Richards and Eleanor Roosevelt. What a party!!!
Anni Z says
I’d love to be a fly on the wall at your dinner…on second thought maybe a cat under the table would be less yucky? Just to hear the conversation. Promise I wouldn’t eat (much)!
Just perfect! XO
gale (she shoots sheep shots) says
And then I think you all should dance afterwards!
Your selection is fantastic, though I’d supplant Lin Manuel Miranda for Oprah. AND I’d want a three day weekend!
My grandmother who was a German immigrant from Russia, Michelle Obama and Gloria Steinem–an you sense a feminist leaning?
I suggest you try inviting them for ‘real’. They all strike me as the kind of people who would show up. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and as you mentioned, they might have some extra time on their hands and want a non-State dinner for a change.
You are going to have a fabulous evening! I will be on the next flight out. Keep them talking!!
So much fun. But my goodness…what the heck would you wear with those two coming!!! 🙂
This was so much harder than it seems! So many combinations of people kept popping in mind!
Lydia S says
I think they’d be happy with the wonderful snacks you serve on Friday nights and a yummy cocktail. The conversation would certainly be interesting!
I won’t lie, I did not peek at all of the other comments because I had thoughts of my own. I agree with you about the Obama’s, but my third choice and the one I think I would have enjoyed the most…a kindred spirit, I know, is Joe Biden.
His humor and his family values….remind me so much of my own family. I worry for our future, but I pray that the Joe’s of the world will continue to keep us grounded and sensible.
This was a fun topic – I did go with the dead family option 🙂 …and of course I want to come to your party – just hoping you plan it for the summertime!
I would LOVE to be at your party-even as a fly on the wall!
I love the idea of having the Obamas…and my third guest would definitely be Joe Biden, but I’d really want to invite Jill too. 🙂
And totally off topic, but I love the little candle holder things on your table in the picture. 🙂