your turn: dream dinner party
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Put me on a long plane ride or car trip, and my mind will wander to which famous people I would invite to a fantasy dinner party. The rules are simple: It's a table of eight, four men and four women (yourself included), and you can pick any well-known person living or dead at any time in their life (like young Elvis or Woody Allen circa Annie Hall).
It's a fun game anybody can play: Smartypants can choose intellectual idols like Einstein or Ben Franklin, and the rest of us can select our favorite actors and musicians, childhood crushes and guilty pleasures (more wine, Beckham?).
If you're the competitive sort, make the game more challenging by assigning boy/girl seats to each person and adding the rule that you have to come up with realistic conversation topics for each guest and the people seated on either side of them. Warning: This can get heated. A friend and I once spent four hours in a Nissan hatchback debating seating arrangements and saying things in all seriousness like, "No way, Crispin Glover and Kate Winslet would not be able to carry on a non-awkward conversation. Drew Barrymore, maybe. I'll give you Drew only if you let me put Jon Stewart next to Lucille Ball."
My guest list changes often, but I tend to seat myself next to people like Peter Sellers, Richard Dawson (the Match Game years) and Eddie Izzard, men who I think will tell saucy stories and keep my wine glass full. Cate Blanchett and David Bowie make frequent appearances at my table, and recent invitees include Anthony Bourdain, Amy Poehler, David Sedaris and craft queen Vickie Howell.
Who would you invite to your celebrity dinner party? Comment below.... And no, you don't have to choose all 7 celebs to join your table, unless you're as obsessive about these kinds of things as I am.
Posted by Eva on January 4, 2008 in Parties