I dream of dinner parties, the candles, the perfect playlist. I should also say as I greet my guests my hair is effortlessly amazing. The effortless hair is how I differentiate this is a dream and not reality.
It's true, I decide to begin a Supper Club every other week. Sometimes I want to invite strangers or someone I’ve only met on Instagram. Okay, confession, I have actually done this. I do love chopping carrots and sautéing garlic especially when Penny & Sparrow play in the background. Even though cooking when it’s special is fun it’s only the path to the table. Some of my most sacred and silly moments have happened around a table. Plus, eating bread from the same basket brings a certain commonality that puts everyone at peace.
To celebrate the first post on this new site I’d like to host a dream dinner party. For this post I will only invite guests that I do not, and probably– in part because of this post– never will, know. The table is set with black dripless candles. I would have wished I had made place cards but I am way too last minute for such things.
Who would I invite? I am so glad you asked.
Because I just read and relate to the article Sometimes I Feel Like a Bad Mom she wrote for InStyle Magazine I’d invite Kate Hudson plus one. As I read the article I found myself talking back to her. I also nicknamed her Katie. I hope she doesn’t mind. One of the lines about being a working mom reads I do it because I love it. Because even though every primal ounce of the nurturing, domestic woman in me gets pulled, I’m a hunter as well. Also, in a movie she married Pastor Parker and I am married to Pastor Parker so we are practically the same person.
Then because they have older kids like EP and me, have adopted, and also married as babes, I’d invite Korie and Willie Robertson. If they can get millions of people to watch a TV show about duck calls they must be a seamless combination of wit and depth. I am already laughing at the imaginary banter between Willie and Katie.
This one, Jenna Bush Hager and hubs, she has a poised ease that I love to watch on the Today Show and I read a book she wrote years ago called Ana’s Story which is talk worthy. Her interview skills may come in handy if conversation lags. And maybe, just maybe, she will have some funny White House stories to share.
Last, but not least, I would invite Laura and Carl Lentz. They pastor a church in New York City. Of all my guests, Laura is the only one I follow on social media. Originally I clicked follow because I have an affinity for NYC and maybe she’d post some pics for me to see. I’ve kept following because most of the things she posts are simply light and fun.
The after dinner pic would find the candles burned low and all of us with crazy eyes from the flash being too bright. We would have stayed too long for our schedules but not long enough to be done. We would have talked about Katie’s Snaps, Korie would’ve told us about her first duck cooking disaster, Jenna would have said smart witty things and Laura would sound Aussie cool. I would share how I used to be afraid of the Unsolved Mysteries TV show but watched anyway or about the way my parents tricked the hospital at my birth.
I served salad, Ina Garten's beef bourguignon over crusty bread, and a chocolately dessert .
So, here's the question. For fun, who– and why– would you invite to your dinner party? Remember it would have to be someone you don't, and probably won't, know.