My Dinner Party

I’ve had a lot of fun with this post, and it’ll probably continue to get longer:

September 2011:

On the way home from a date, my husband & I started talking about who we would invite to our dinner party. I started rattling names off, and then we thought about why we listed the people we picked. Our lists included people who’ve passed away and people who are famous now.

I had to limit myself to just 10, and it wasn’t easy. Here’s the list of those who I’d like to invite (and in no particular order):

1. Jesus…not because I don’t know Him, but to see His reaction to the group of people that would be at my dinner party, and to know what was on God’s heart when He created them.

2. King David – I can’t really describe it, but something happens to me when I read about his life, especially in the Psalms when he is just pouring out his heart to God. I think it’s because it makes him so human…how often do we identify with him when sometimes we take matters into our own hands, our prayers for deliverance, victory, thanksgiving, and praise?

3. John Grisham – my favorite author. I own most of his books. I love the characters he creates, the plot twists, and all the fantastic legal drama. The first time I read one of his books, I was sitting in an aisle seat on a plane. The person diagonally across from me had his book, The Runaway Jury, in large-print.  I started reading over her shoulder. I bought the book as soon as I could, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

4. Mariska Hargitay – she plays a great detective on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. I don’t recall exactly when, but victims of sex crimes were moved by her character that they started sending her fan mail. The fan mail consisted of their stories and how she helped them move on, or share what happened to them, etc. She later founded the Joyful Heart Foundation which is to help survivors of violence, to educate about such abuse, and a lot of other things that surround domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse. Check out their Facebook page through my profile, or just do a search for it. The members of the organization are dedicated & passionate. (Congrats on 15 seasons . . . it’s the best by far for anyone who has suffered from a sex crime.)

5. The Apostle Paul – I mean, what an insane life he lived after God stopped him on the road to Damascus. I read about his journey to Rome the other day, in Acts 27 & 28. I had a new insight into this Scripture. I’ve never been so captivated by these verses that talks about his shipwreck. I would have been a complete mess!

6. Mother Theresa – I could probably have a dinner party with the two of us where she’d talk and I’d just listen.

7. Stephen Colbert – I enjoyed his show before I went to a live taping of it back in 2007. I love how he verbally attacks people in interviews, that he’s dabbled into politics to try to make change, and he’s just hilarious. One of my favorite moments is when the soup wars between Campbell & Progresso were going on a few years ago. You can go to his website,, and search for the clip. Watch it. At the end, you will know why I picked this one.

8. Jimmy Falon – He visited my high school during my senior year before we had our award night. I don’t remember anything that he said, just that he showed up. My husband & I recently started watching his t.v. show, and I love it! I love that he involves his guests & his audience members in games: taboo & pictionary, he played “slipper golf” with Snookie from Jersey Shore, had a mechanical bull riding contest with Taylor Lautner – where do they come up with this stuff?? It’s great. (I still love this show, and I’m so excited to watch him on the Tonight Show next year.)

9. Morgan Freeman – because he’s awesome.

10. Mariano Rivera – whether you are a Yankee fan or not, who wouldn’t want to meet the best closer in MLB? (He must have some free time now because he retired this year.)

There’s quite a few that my husband & I mentioned, so cutting it down to 10 was not easy. Here’s a couple that, if I could extend my invitations, I’d love to meet: Michael Jordan, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Tony Shalhoub (from Monk), James Roday & Dule Hill (from Psych), and our list could go on & on. What about you? Who would you like to invite to your dinner party?

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