Sunday, 26 May 2013

My fantasy dinner party guests are all strangers


I do love a dinner party, whether I'm hosting or attending. There are few things as rewarding as getting people together for food and drink and conversation. Bonus points if there are card games and take home baked goods.

Ask most people to name their fantasy dinner party guests and they'll have a well crafted list of heroes and idols, living and dead. Ask me, and I struggle to put even one person on that list. I feel rather nervous at the prospect of meeting celebrities, particularly people whose work I admire. I would no doubt bore them to tears with incessant fawning  and ask them inane questions they'd been asked a thousand times.

My ultimate dinner party is a mix of old friends and new. I love getting to know new people and find a dinner party facilitates that so much more easily than drinks in a bar. But what would a dinner party be like where I didn't know anyone? No preconceptions, no shared history, no need to impress. "Hi I'm Holly, do come in, let's eat!"

A few months ago I heard about a new movement in dinner parties called Six Dinners Later, which seemed like the perfect way to get to know some new people over food. Once you sign up you get added to a guest list and wait to receive an invite from a stranger. You accept, go to dinner and make five new friends. In return, you then host your own dinner party and invite the person whose dinner you went to previously. You pick another four guests from the list, get together at your place, eat, drink and become best friends forever (if the testimonials I've heard are anything to go by!) Your four additional guests then host their own dinner, inviting you and another four guests of their choosing. By the end of the process you'll have had six dinners and met 25 new people.

As you no doubt know, I am a big fan of food, and a huge champion of meeting people online so Six Dinners Later seems entirely my thing. I'm going to my first dinner in a few weeks and then hope to have mine a few weeks after that. Can't wait to tell you all about it!

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This post is part of the Blog Every Day in May challenge

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