Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dinner is Served

As part of the monthly By Invitation Only get together over at Marsha's Splenderosa blog, our challenge this month is to host a fantasy dinner party with any ten people in the world, past or present. Sounds easy. Ha! 

There were so many routes to take for this party it was difficult to decide. So, instead of the usual route of famous celebrities or writers or artists or royals (although I came very close to inviting the young royals from the U.K., Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands and Denmark- doesn't that sound fun?), I decided to invite those folks who, in my book are celebrities in their own right- online. Those folks (who just all happen to be female) whose blogs and ezines have lured us all to visit often. Some sell things, some do not. All are very successful at what they do and stand as inspirations for me, especially since I am currently in the phase of a new project that I know they had to go through also to get where they are today.

Dinner: 7 p.m. in my own humble abode.
The menu: Fresh, juicy sea bass with mushroom risotto, tender, crisp asparagus spears, arugula and Boston lettuce salad, followed by espresso, homemade biscoti and dark chocolate squares.
Flowers by Pieter Bouterse (of course!)

The dinner guests:

 Grace Bonney from Design Sponge
Michelle Adams from Lonny
Vanessa Sicotte from Damask & Dentelle
Kim Vallée from At Home with Kim Vallée
Crystal Gentilello from Rue and Plush Palate
Anne Sage from Rue and The City Sage
Ronda Carman from All the Best
Joni Webb from Cote de Texas
Holly Becker from Decor8
Diane Dorrans Saeks from The Style Saloniste

Isn't that a savy group of women? Power houses- each!
Not only would I like to hear the story behind each woman, but to hear and observe the interactions between so many alpha personalities in a small space.

And now- off to visit another interesting group of women who all regularly contribute to that amazing place in the ether that we call the internet. 
Want to join us?

MARSHA HARRIS http://www.splenderosa.blogspot.com/ 
TISH JETT an American in France http://afemmeduncertainage.blogspot.com/ 
CATHERINE ROBINSON in London http://www.catherinerobinsoncashmere.com/ 
ANNIE BOUTERSE USA http://plumsiena.blogspot.com/
COTY FARQUHAR in Australia http://cotyfarquhar.blogspot.com/
DEBORAH PETERSON between Houston & Scotland http://www.dumbwittellher.com/
DUSTJACKET ATTIC, Debra in Australia http://dustjacketattic.blogspot.com/
SHARI MILLER USA http://www.littlebluedeer.com/
TINA USA theenchantedhome@gmail.com http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/
MONA THOMPSON USA http://providenceltddesign.com/
JACQUELINE MUMFORD England http://home-biba.blogspot.com/
KARIN JANSKY France http://lapouyette-unddiedingedeslebens.blogspot.com
VICKI ARCHER an Australian in France http://frenchessence.blogspot.com/
CECILIA GONZALEZ Spain http://desdemventana.blogspot.com/
RENEE GRANIER & ANGELA FOSTER USA http://underspanishmoss.com/
LISA USA not participating this month http://amidprivilege.com
FRANCINE GARDNER a woman of the world in NYC http://interieurs.com blog
CHRISTINA FLUEGGE USA http://greigedesign.blogspot.com/
STACEY BEWKES USA http://quintessence.com
LEANN BROWN USAhttp://linenandlavender.blogspot.com/
LENE Norway http://theessenceofthegoodlife.blogspot.com/
SANDE CHASE Canada www.agiftwrappedlife.com
SHARON SANTONI France http://myfrenchcountryhome.blogspot.com/
KAREN MALAN UK Pas Grand-Chose Blog http://athousandmiles-k.blogspot
DEJA PSEU USA unefemme.net.
ISA CHANDLER http://isaslittleworld.blogspot.com/


  1. This is just too wonderful for words, Annie. I included Lisa @ Privilege because she is such a great conversationalist, but you knocked the ball out of the park !!! Kudos, sweetie....

  2. Sounds like a ball....and some of these guests I will have to visit! Enjoy your party!

  3. I can only imagine the designs collaborated on in that dinner.

  4. That is indeed a fabulous group of women...what fun!

  5. Love to be present with such an interesting group of women, with you as the hostess.

  6. Dear Ann,
    This is certainly the most unique post of all the fantasy dinners!
    Well thought!

    Sorry for late visit and comment. We're still somewhat frozen in here, having only max. +13 degrees in the house! I'm just about to visit all the dinner partys and blogs, writing comments, answering mails, and....my fingers getting already stiff again. Hoping for milder weather!

    Hope that is everything well at your end!
    Warmest greetings also to Pieter,

  7. Hi Annie. apologies for the late visit but thrilled to have made it and to visit each blogger and get aquinted!such a wonderfully different group than the rest of us posted, A fab idea! I want to evedrop, can I please be the butler serving and catching all the snippets of chatter!

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds



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