My All-Female Fantasy Dinner Party Guest List | International Women’s Day #IWD2016

My All-Female Fantasy Dinner Party Guests | International Women's Day #IWD2016
Have you ever thought about your fantasy dinner party guest list? Who you’d include on yours is one of those things that you often get asked about, but in the run up to International Women’s Day this Tuesday, 8th March, I thought I’d do something a bit different. Rather than a list that typically includes everyone from Ghandi to Nelson Mandela to Stephen Fry, I thought I’d come up with an all-female fantasy dinner party guest list instead… Quite fitting for #IWD2016, I thought.

So who to choose? I decided on all living (so no Marilyn Monroes or Marie Curies), and all people in the public eye to make it a more relevant read for you. And this is the main thing: I also decided that I’d just go with my heart and not try to impress anyone with my list. In other words, I thought I’d go with women whose personalities I love. Rather than thinking who I should have on this list – women of power or having a lot of success in business – I went with those women I love to see on TV, or to read about. Those that inspire me and have interesting things to say, or those that make me hoot with laughter.

I think personality is a greatly underrated thing, and we focus so much on what women are meant to achieve that we forget just how many engaging, fascinating and funny women there are out there.


It’s a timely post considering I wrote about my blogging girl squad just this week. My female fantasy dinner party guests are all inspiring, all interesting, and all full of personality. I love them for all different reasons, but many of them had the same traits in common: Sense of humour, being down to earth and, for many of them, being so damn British (not sure how to explain that but I know what I mean).

International Women’s Day is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity”. If that’s not #squadgoals, I don’t know what is.


My All-Female Fantasy Dinner Party Guests | International Women's Day #IWD2016

1. Vicky Pattison (Reality TV star and 2015 ‘Queen of the Jungle’)

For proving that not all reality TV stars are vacuous attention-seeking wannabees, smashing all the bush tucker trials in I’m a Celebrity and for having the best one-liners: “I’m dripping like an egg sandwich…”

2. Emma Thompson (Actress)

For being so straight-talking, so thoroughly entertaining and someone you’d want to be your BFF.

3. Judi Dench (Actress)

For having that naughty twinkle in her eye when you think she might be a bit snooty and then saying the naughtiest things on chat shows.

4. Emma Watson (Actress)

For getting a degree from Brown University while still acting, being an active feminist and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador – and being so damn classy.

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5. Adele (Singer)

For being so utterly down to earth, so hilarious (does anyone have a better laugh in showbiz?) and so London. And for that belting voice.

6. Kristin Wiig (Actress and comedienne)

For also being so completely and utterly hilarious but maintaining a really endearing, sweet quality at the same time.

7. Kate Winslet (Actress)

For being so terribly British, an amazing actress and for hailing from my home town. (And if she marries Leo one day I’d love her even more.)

8. Katie Piper (Philanthropist and TV presenter)

For being so utterly inspirational and teaching us all a thing or two about what true beauty really is.

9. Jennifer Lawrence (Actress)

For being so self-deprecating and able to laugh at herself, for championing equal pay and always tripping over so gracefully.

10. Paloma Faith (Singer and actress)

For being unashamedly kooky, totally eccentric and wearing whatever she damn well likes.

11. Caryn Franklin (Fashion activist)

For championing diversity in front of and behind the lens and the visibility of all types of women within the fashion industry. And for being so nice when I met her and probably scaring her with my gushing about how much of a Clothes Show fan I used to be.

12. Mary Portas (Retail consultant and broadcaster)

For supporting and fighting for the British high street, being so straight-talking and yet so sensitive to the people she works with on TV. And reminding me of my eldest sister.

13. Hilary Alexander (The Daily Telegraph’s Fashion Director)

For appearing to be so incredibly nice when she works in the cut-throat world of the fashion industry, and for whipping off her sarong to go starkers in front of the models on Britain’s Next Top Model during a nude photo shoot.

14. Miriam Margolyes (Actress)

For being an absolute scream at the same time as being so terribly nice and for having no shame whatsoever (see what she says about the time she met Laurence Olivier).

My All-Female Fantasy Dinner Party Guests | International Women's Day #IWD2016




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  1. March 8, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    I like most of them! Probably I could learn a lot on that dinner:)

  2. March 18, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    There's quite a few of yours that I'd happily share a canape with… namely the 2 Emmas and Dame Judy. I will definitely get my thinking cap on and tweet you. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂 #brillblogposts

  3. March 13, 2016 / 6:00 am

    Thank you for your honest response. I am not offended at all. I'm simply expressing my interest and shock at seeing such a list in 2016. There are so many amazing women of all colors that it seems like it would have to be intentional to set such a list; a white " fantasy" world perhaps? Given your fantasy dinner list I'm not the least bit surprised that you have suggested that because I have a difference in opinion that I should stop visiting your blog. I plan on continuing to stop by however because I enjoy the diversity in bloggers the Internet has to offer and besides ,sweetie, you have great style! Happy weekend!

  4. March 12, 2016 / 7:50 am

    Such a non diverse list of women in 2016!

    • March 12, 2016 / 8:47 am

      Hi HJ, I don't know if you actually read the post but I did write that I didn't choose women that I felt I was "supposed" to choose, I wrote

      "I also decided that I'd just go with my heart and not try to impress anyone with my list. In other words, I thought I'd go with women whose personalities I love. Rather than thinking who I should have on this list – women of power or having a lot of success in business – I went with those women I love to see on TV, or to read about. Those that inspire me and have interesting things to say, or those that make me hoot with laughter."

      Therefore as I said this list was FROM THE HEART. If my PERSONAL choice of women to have sat round a table having dinner offends you because of its lack of "diversity" then maybe you shouldn't be reading this blog or you should have read what I wrote more carefully.

      I wasn't out to please the PC brigade and I shouldn't have to please the diversity police either. I can have whomever I choose round that damn table… It was a FANTASY dinner party guest list, for goodness sake.

  5. March 10, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I am SO damned happy to come across your blog (having just whinged all the way through my birthday post about ageing!) because despite knowing some amazing talented mummy bloggers, I am so past the stage of breastfeeding, potty training etc that I can't relate to a lot of blogs I find on the linky trail and need something 'more'. Each time I find an 'over 40s' blog I realise how much more I relate.
    And then you have Jennifer, Kristin and Kate on that list…#InstantBlogCrush

    • March 12, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      Aww sweetie thank you – it's nice to e-meet you! Not being a mum myself there'll be no mummy stuff here, so you rest assured it'll be a baby talk-free place…!! Really glad you enjoyed this post, and to find another Jennifer/Kristin/Kate fan too ;))

    • March 12, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Oh and I should have said ageing is something we can't avoid – yes we can things to look our very best – but we can't avoid it or slow it down that much, so we might as well say "to hell with it" and just enjoy it!! It'll only make us look older anyway by worrying about it…!!! xx

  6. March 6, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    HA, just realised all female! So the girls from SATC and Patricia Field would be a great start

    • March 12, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      hehe yes you must have missed the International Women's day bit, Laurie…!! ;)) hehe no worries – I love the idea of the SATC girls too! x

  7. March 6, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    Now this has got me thinking. There are so many to choose, I know Dudley Moore would be first on my list and the girls from SATC. I am just laughing to myself at the insults Samantha and Dudley would throw at each other!

  8. March 6, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Fabulous party – seat me next to Dame Judi, pls – I hear she loves to tell raucous jokes. And for my party, I'd love to add Ruth Bader Ginsburg (US Supreme Court Justice and total badass). xo


    • March 12, 2016 / 2:25 pm

      Judi is apparently an absolute scream, Patti – she's always the "naughty" one on chat shows…!!

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