Challenge: Virtual Dinner Party

People follow my blog for a variety of reasons. Whatever they are, I’m extremely grateful and flattered. 🙂 But if you’re here for the writing, thank the gentleman Pirate; he’s always the one throwing writing challenges at me 😉 Today’s challenge, to host a soirée, a gathering – a dinner party, and invite the 5 most illustrative persons I would like to grace my humble abode.


Throw a dinner party

– Five guests and oneself. While relatives are permitted, it will be more interesting if guests are public figures – dead or alive, speaking any language – or even fictional characters.

– In turn, tag five others to hold Virtual Parties of their own.

Well, first of all, there is no way in hell that the event would be at home; for the love of God, I’ll be sitting with royalty! Literally. Luckily, my family owns a reception hall, which I am very proud of. Considering my limitations, I think it would be the perfect venue for me to receive my very special guests. The reception hall was inspired by a Midsummer Night’s Dream… I’m guilty of having used one of the pictures in a previous challenge. ^^ It’s just as lovely during daytime.

My guest list:

1) Marie Antoinette, Queen of France – “Pardonnez-moi, monsieur.” (to her executioner)
2) Coco Chanel – “As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom.”
3) Audrey Hepburn – “I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”
4) Marilyn Monroe – “Do I look happy? I should—for I was a child nobody wanted. A lonely girl with a dream—who awakened to find that dream come true. I am Marilyn Monroe. Read my Cinderella story.”
5) Blair Waldorf – “Haven’t you heard? I’m the crazy bitch around here.”

Ok if you don’t know these women, I am not speaking to you — ever! ^^

I realize that after this little “soiree”, I would be knee-deep in debt but I don’t give a crap! This is quite possibly one of the best things that could ever happen to me in my entire life! I’m not gonna host a dinner — that would be too ambitious (as if my guest list isn’t ambitious enough). ^^ Instead, I’ve decided to go for tea — one could never go wrong with tea. The wait staff shall be dressed in their best; I shall hire violinists and some butterflies to fly ’round, if I could get my hands on them! (they shall not be harmed and will be returned to their normal habitat after the event) I’ll use the finest china and lace tablecloth that I could find – and afford. There’ll be cupcake towers and plenty of macarons de Paris – I know how the Queen and Queen B loves them. I want flowers everywhere! It’s gonna be an elegant, extravagant tea party — with a whole lot of excess!

The Menu

Various types of the finest tea (that I could get)

Rose petal loose leaf tea
Traditional English Breakfast Tea
Green Tea

lemon and sugar cubes

Macarons de Paris: rose, salted caramel, pistachio, chocolate, lemon and butterscotch

Cupcakes towers:

red velvet with cream cheese frosting
vanilla cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting
chocolate cupcake with mint buttercream and chocolate chips
milk chocolate hazelnut cupcakes
brown butter almond cupcake with fresh strawberries and whip cream
coconut cream cupcakes with dark rum, banana slices and toasted coconut


Raisin Scones with clotted cream, lemon curd and jam
Caramelized Apples with Brie On Croute
Hand-made Chocolate Truffles
Petit Croque Monsieur
finger sandwiches (toasted Gruyere cheese and ham)
Mushroom Duxelle in Vol-au-Vent
deviled eggs with salmon and caviar topping
Mini chocolate eclairs
Opera cakes

I know it’s a bit of an overkill but have you seen the Marie Antoinette film??? ^^

Obviously, I’m gonna shop for new clothes and get my hair done. So that I won’t look like crap while I sit with the most beautiful women to ever grace the face of this planet.

We’d talk about fashion and dresses… We’d talk about men — but only the significant ones like Truman Capote and Harry Winston. Yes, I believe diamonds will be discussed! I’d want to learn as much as I can from these women. I’d absorb everything like a sponge… If their beauty, grace and charm are somehow contagious, I so wanna catch it! I’ll take any advice that these women can give me.

After a while we’ll be talking about sordid scandals and affairs. We’d talk about the Queen’s sensual escapades — if they were true, about Coco Chanel’s time as Balsan’s mistress, and Blair, how is The Chuck Bass in bed??? ^^

Then we’ll talk about being misjudged and misunderstood. About their pains of being constantly scrutinized by the public eye and the pressure of having to meet everyone’s expectations.

And just before they disappear, I wanna hear it…. the truth. I wanna hear their side of the story. And if they’d let me, I shall write myself into exhaustion until I am able to tell the world of their untold stories. Marie Antoinette may have been the most hated woman in France but when I read her story, I FELT for her. Was she truly that selfish? Was it truly her fault? Yesterday and a few days before that, I have posted about the topic of judging others… I guess it will always remain a reality that if a person does a good deed, it is only remembered for a fleeting moment, and soon forgotten… but make one mistake — a misquoted word, a misinterpreted move — and it is forever immortalized in history.

I’m very interested in knowing what intriguing dinner party the following bloggers are going to plan. They are all brilliant writers with very different styles from each other. With their unbelievable imagination, I’m quite sure these people won’t let me down. ^^



Eric M. Vogt

Rick Mallery



miss marzipan

No obligation! Just thought you might think it’d be fun :p