Dream Dinner Party: Who Would You Invite And Why?

Dream Dinner Party: Who Would You Invite And Why?

Leslie Knope Pop Vinyl With Quote

A short while ago, I read a post from Cathy about her dream dinner party. It made for a fascinating and fun read, so I wanted to have a go myself.

Here’s the challenge:

You are having a dinner party, and can invite fifteen guests, not family or your children as that is just obvious, dead or alive, current or historical, real or fictional for whatever reasons you choose. 

Here’s who made my list:

1. John Mayer

Beyond my deep appreciation of his music, I am fascinated by his mind. From seeing him live, to watching interviews on YouTube, I’ve come to appreciate the man behind the music. Therefore, I’d love to have a chat with him.

2 & 3. Michelle and Barack Obama

I adore Michelle for the fact she stepped out from Barack’s shadow. They seemed very much like a team and what she brought to the table was just as important as his work. To me, she is a strong and inspirational woman who I’d be delighted to be in the same room as.

Right from when Barack appeared in the spotlight, I had a soft spot for him. I loved what he was about. He made me yearn for someone as charismatic, genuine and dedicated in British politics.

4. Prince Harry

Initially, this was for shallow reasons. I wanted to have my chance to swoon in his presence. Recently, though, as his advocacy in mental health has taken centre stage, my interest in meeting him has switched to discussing this, and how we can move forward.

5, 6, 7, 8. Westlife

I couldn’t pick a single member. As I discussed in a previous post, they have been a huge part of my life. I’m not sure how long I’d last in a room with them without fainting (for real) but it would be wonderful to have the opportunity to tell them how important they’ve been.

9. Sarah Millican

I’ve been fairly public in my appreciation of this woman and, again, this one comes from wanting to say thank you. On top of that, I think we’d get along so well.

10. Adele 

Speaking of getting along well, I’ve always had a sense that Adele and I would be great friends, if we ever met. She seems hilarious, has a heart of gold, and has remained down to earth, despite fame I could never comprehend!

11. Zara

So, I suppose one of these isn’t like the others, but I think she’d liven up the party! If you follow either one or both of us on social media, you’ve probably noticed the level of love we have for each other. You don’t get to see how much she’s there for me behind the scenes, though. We talk near enough constantly every day and it genuinely freaks me out to think I didn’t know her before I started blogging!

There are many more bloggers I’d love to meet, but Zara is the one I feel closest to.

12. Leslie Knope

I decided to add a fictional character, because she’s one of my all-time favourites. She is all that I aspire to be, and more. I love her passion, and share her weakness for waffles.

13. Matt Haig

It was reading “Reasons To Stay Alive” which made me realise I needed to get help for my mental health. I was travelling on a train at the time. So much of what he’d written resonated with me and gave me a nudge to talk to Neal when we got home.

Within a week, I had been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, and my journey had begun. Since then, “Notes on a Nervous Planet” was released. It’s become one of my absolute favourite books.

14 & 15. Nev and Max from Catfish

I just want to hang out with these guys.

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Who would be on the guest list for your dream dinner party?

Let me know in a comment – or maybe write a post about it, too!


  • Jane Frith 21st November 2018 at 11:13 am

    I think I responded to Cathy when she first posted this as it got me thinking and now, reading yours, I feel I should have a go at doing this properly in a post of my own. Such fun! The Obamas would definitely be in my list; I admire them enormously. There is also a wicked part of me that would like to invite Donald Trump so that I would have the opportunity to tell him what I think of him to his face (he never responds to my tweets), but being a gracious host, it is probably not a good idea!
    Thank you for another entertaining read, Ruth.

    • ruthinrevolt 22nd November 2018 at 6:18 am

      You should definitely do it, Jane. They’re as much fun to write as they are to read! Donald Trump would definitely make an interesting guest, if nothing else. I’m not sure how your thoughts of him would go down, though – could result in an awkward dinner party! 😉

  • Emma 21st November 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Impressive list! Whenever I think about making a list like this, I think about how stressed out I would be actually meeting people! But it is fun to think about.

    One of Matt Haig’s books (the humans) is a favorite of mine – I need to check out his others. I didn’t know he had nonfiction also. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes you come across just the right thing at just the right time?

    • ruthinrevolt 22nd November 2018 at 6:20 am

      I do also have a tendency to think about that side of things. Realistically, if I was in the same room as any or all of these people, I would be freaking out!

      I’m actually the opposite with Matt Haig – I only recently discovered he wrote fiction! So, I’ll need to get reading those.

  • Juliette | For the Sake of Good Taste 21st November 2018 at 4:56 pm

    This is such an interesting list! It would definitely make for quite the dinner party. Now I definitely need to think up who I would invite to mine!

    • ruthinrevolt 22nd November 2018 at 6:21 am

      It would, and somewhere in the middle of it all, would me, in complete shock! Writing your own list is fun, I’d recommend it.

  • Elizabeth - Uncustomary Housrwife 21st November 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Have you watched John Mayer’s Current Mood? It’s a talk show that he does on IG every Sunday night. I’ts delightful and I absolutely love it. Also, your list looks A LOT like the list I would make. Leslie Knope, absolutely! I might have to try this out… it looks super fun.

    • ruthinrevolt 22nd November 2018 at 6:22 am

      I have – it’s awesome! It doesn’t surprise me our lists would be similar… we seem to have more and more in common as the days go by. I’d still love to read yours if you do it, though.

  • Fox 22nd November 2018 at 7:11 am

    Your dinner party sounds amazing! Also, Leslie Knope is one of my heroes 😂 I’m going to have a think about who else I would invite, then write my own post 🙂 thanks for the idea!

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:00 pm

      She’s one of mine, too! I’ll definitely be giving your list a read! 😀

  • Lisa McLachlan 22nd November 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Love this idea, what a fun topic for a post! Totally agree about the Obamas, Prince Harry and Adele but I honestly have NO IDEA who else I’d put down. The thought of cooking for 18 people (including Alan, Flora and me) is slightly stressful though, haha xx

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:02 pm

      That’s a good point! I definitely wouldn’t cook – pizza all round! 😉 Or, seen as though we have quite a few of the same choices, we’ll just have a big get together and share the work load. x

  • Cordelia Moor 22nd November 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Right, I bagsie being waitress for this party because I would love to be a fly on the wall listening to all these different conversations that would be happening. I even promise to pour the coffee properly and not spill it on Prince Harry.

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Um, no, I’ll just extend the guest list and you can join in the party!! 😀

  • Layla 23rd November 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Oh wow – I love posts like this as it’s always so interesting to see who people would invite! I love Barack and Michelle Obama, they seem genuine and really welcoming – a complete comparison to now but i think both of them would have so much wisdom and positivity to share so that would be interesting!

    Layla x


    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:04 pm

      I often think about the contrast between them and the current president, and it’s so strange. It really is the complete opposite! I agree with you, though – I imagine they’d be able to teach me so much, even in a short conversation.

  • Creative Nails 25th November 2018 at 10:11 am

    I love reading these type of posts – it’s so interesting to learn who you’d would pick and why! Thinking about it, I wouldn’t even know where to start if I was to do a post like this, haha. I love that you chose people from Catfish, haha. They do seem quite cool people!


    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:14 pm

      You should have a think about it! It was a lot of fun. The Catfish guys definitely seem cool. Whenever I watch an episode, I catch myself thinking “I just want to be friends with them!”

  • Neve Smith 26th November 2018 at 5:51 pm

    I would love to attend a dinner party with Leslie Knope she is THE BEST! well and prince harry and Obama…. Fab selection tbh Ruth! It would make a fab dinner party! What a fun post!
    Neve x

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks Neve!! 😀

  • Angi 29th November 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Oooh I love this!!! Thanks for letting us be nosy into your heroes. I would love to put together a list like this……i love lists!!!!

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