This is a game Wes and I have played on many a drunken holiday. Who would you invite past & present to a dinner party that you’re hosting? It sounds easy and to some it probably is, but you have to make absolutely sure you get that mix right. You want the right amount of humour, with a sprinkling of intellect and most definitely someone who can tell a bloody good story (I’d also want someone I could get rip-roaringly drunk with too!). So, have a read through my list of potential dinner party guests and let me know who would be on the guest list for yours! Please note, this one is in no particular order.
10. My Russian Great Grandma
First and foremost, I need to find out if she actually was Russian, as I discovered on the weekend there could be a potential for her to have actually been Polish. This causes a slight problem as I had my name tattooed in Russian on my back when I was 18, so I need to gain definite clarification of her Nationality before I book an appointment with a tattoo removal specialist.
I’m currently trying to put together my family tree as we know very little about my Mum’s side of the family because my Great Grandmother came to England when she was young. I’d love to ask her how difficult it was embarking on the journey to England (we think her 2 brothers left her in England and carried on their journey to America) and what it was like making a new life for herself being completely isolated. The amount I know about her is very limited but I have such admiration for a woman who came to a new country on her own as a child, raising 10+ children with very little money and having to learn a new language. If anyone out there is a genealogist then please contact me as I’d love to find out how easy it would be to trace my Mum’s side of the family.
9. Princess Diana
As regular readers of my blog will know, I absolutely love Princess Diana. I think she is one of the ultimate women of my generation. I want to find out what it was like, having the spotlight on her when she got married so young and literally having the eyes of the world on her from that moment onwards until the day she tragically died. I’d ask her how she coped with being written about nearly every single day for almost 20 years. Diana would certainly have some stories to tell, I’d love to know what her relationship was really like with the Queen, in spite of everything that has been written in the press and biographies etc.
When it was the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy’s death, I was heavily pregnant at the time and pretty immobile due to a bad case of SPD so I became a little obsessed with the life and death of the American President and started reading up on him and his family. I want to find out if he or his brother had anything to do with the death of Marilyn Monroe as some conspiracy theorists out there would have you believe. Or if he knew his days were numbered and does he believe Lee Harvey Oswold shot him or if it was some sort of cover up. I’ve read so many different articles and points of views that it would be interesting to find out more about one of the biggest conspiracy theories of the Modern world.
7. Margaret Thatcher
The first female British Prime Minister would have so many stories to tell. From surviving the Brighton bombings through to being one of the most hated women in the UK at one point, I’d love to know just how thick the womans skin was. I can imagine she would be a hugely charismatic and passionate speaker, having watched some of her speeches on You Tube, and would love to see her in action in person. I want to ask her if she had any regrets while she was in power and what she thinks of the current Conservative government (I’ve heard she isn’t a huge fan of David Cameron). I’d also like to tell her in person, just how annoyed I was when she took our free milk away from us while I was in Infant School because let me tell you now – I was devo’d.
6. Kate Moss
How much fun would Kate Moss be? She would be the ultimate drinking partner and the best smoking buddy, we’d probably spend the majority of the evening swigging champers and puffing on some menthols out in the garden. We’d revel in taking selfie after selfie (I’d deffo need a filter next to her!) and she can regale me with tales of what the cool Primrose Hill set got up to back in the day. We’d have a bloody good gossip about the people she doesn’t like and I’d love to know if she regrets the cocaine drama back in 2005 or if as some people predict, it was actually a bit of good PR for her in the long run.
5. Amy Winehouse
I was so sad when Amy passed away. One of the most talented singer/songwriters of my generation without a shadow of a doubt, Back to Black is absolutely incredible. I’d ask her to sing a few of my favourite songs from her back catalogue and have a chat about where it all went wrong.
4. Arron Crascall
Perhaps a random choice but I implore every single one of you to check this guy out @arron_crascall . He has had me in stitches over the last few weeks. This man and his ‘vines’ never fail to put a smile on my face and I can imagine him bringing a much needed bit of light heartedness to an otherwise rather serious dinner party. Just imagining him donning his glasses and shouting “SEE YA LATER” when leaving the party is making me chuckle while typing. He’s a breath of fresh air and my favourite discovery of 2015 so far!
3. Stephen Fry
This man would probably feature on most peoples fantasy dinner party list. Incredibly charismatic, interesting and articulate, he would provoke great discussion and debate around the table (to be fair, the majority of these outspoken people probably would!)
I want to ask him about the dark periods of his life (his battle with bipolar disorder is well documented) and how he got through them. I’d also love to find out if there’s anything I know that he doesn’t, being one of the most intelligent men EVER.
I also want to find out about his time at Pucklechurch prison when he was younger and how he found being imprisoned.
He also likes a good swear up (as do I) so I can imagine the air would be rather blue at my dinner party!
2. Tony Blair
Or Tony B Liar as my Dad calls him. Imagine him and Maggie Thatcher going head to head? I, for one, would love to sit back and watch that one unfold, she would absolutely annihilate him. I absolutely cannot abide the slimy Tony Blair so having to wine and dine him would leave a nasty taste in my throat. However, it would be worth it just to watch him squirm while being quizzed by Mrs Thatcher and my next dinner party guest…..
1. Piers Morgan
I’m ready for the back lash on this one, but first let me explain why I would invite one of the most vilified men in recent years to my dinner party. Growing up, I always wanted to be a journalist, but due to laziness/poor academics/distractions etc. I never quite made it (hence me writing this blog now). So, I would like to quiz Piers all about the goings on at Fleet Street back when he was a journalist and an Editor and exactly how it works behind the scenes at The Sun/Daily Mirror etc. I want to know his feelings regarding being sacked and if he believes it was called for. I’d also be keen to discover more about Simon Cowell taking a punt and making him a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, thus propelling him into transatlantic fame when he also became a judge on America’s Got Talent. Is he really that arrogant or is it a huge front?
I’ve read a couple of his books and found them incredibly interesting, he certainly knows a lot of dirt on a lot of people and let’s face it, as the Queen of Gossip myself, I would absolutely love to find out exactly what he couldn’t publish in his book!
So there you go, my fantasy dinner party list. Quite an eclectic bunch I think you’d agree. I love a debate and I love learning about history and politics hence my choice. I think the dynamics would be quite explosive, considering most of these people would hate each other although I’m sure Kate and Amy would get on like a house on fire and have a great time. I’d feel a bit sorry for Arron as he would probably stick out a bit but I would just get him to keep doing pranks on the lot of them to raise the mood a bit!
Here’s Wesley’s list of dinner party guests. As ever, please let me know yours, would really love to know who you’d like to break bread with.
10. Adolf Hitler
9. Elvis Presley
8. Liam Gallagher
7. Noel Gallagher
6. George Best
5. Winston Churchill
4. Paul Gascoigne
2. Amy Winehouse
1. Sarah Millican