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Ten on Tuesday | Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

…this week, Carole’s asked us to host a dinner party for ten fictional characters.  I’m afraid many of my favorite characters would probably make terrible dinner guests. They’d be critical, over-opinionated, dominating, stand-offish, or – and this is the worst – picky eaters! Oh well, it’s all make-believe anyway, right? Here goes:

1. Don Tillman (The Rosie Project). He’ll be in charge of the drinks. (note that I couldn’t think of a single person to invite who could help me in the kitchen…)

2. Robert Langdon. Hopefully he really does look like Tom Hanks and he’ll be charming and interesting.

3. Cormac O’Connor (Forever). He’ll have wonderful stories to tell. and I know he can make himself comfortable in all manner of situations.

4. Hermione Grainger. I challenged myself to allow only one character from any favorite book. And I think she’d be most likely to help make the party a success. She might even have a few tricks up her sleeve to ensure it!

5. Father Tim. If he pressed, I’d probably have to extend the list to 11 and invite Cynthia too. And yes that would be breaking my rule (see #4 above) … and Carole’s limit of ten. But I can’t imagine anyone would mind. He’ll find something pleasant to talk about with everyone and if there are unpleasant moments, I’ll count on him to smooth them over.

6, 7, 8. Hercule Poirot. Aurelio Zen. Dr. Watson (Carole was clear that our fictional characters needed to come from books and I figured that meant Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t going to show up if I invited Sherlock Holmes. darn it!) I hope my guests don’t get spooked…or maybe there really will be a murder. solved. with panache. before dessert is served.

9. Flavia DeLuce. Thinking she’ll find she has something in common with everyone. And if there really is a murder to solve before dessert…my bet’s on her!

10. Bertie (44 Scotland Street). A bit of a risk since I last read about him as a six year old (granted he’s only turning seven in the latest book, but … it’s been nine books since he was introduced) He’s musical and precocious and I surely hope not a picky eater.

I’m glad Carole didn’t ask us to share our menu or any other party plans. I have no idea what I’d serve…

This was a lot of fun – I’m looking forward to seeing who you’ve invited (and what tips you have to make sure the dinner is a success!) Thanks, Carole for facilitating the party planning.

If you’d like to play along, click here to join the Ten on Tuesday fun!

y’all didn’t think I’d close without a photo did you?

cute cardigan knitted by my sister, Charlie’s great aunt Karen

Charlie really discovered Holly today. I’m not sure what she thinks about him…but he thinks she’s fun!


  • margene

    All of you guests would be totally charmed by Charlie and Holly and no one would know you'd intended to serve dinner. Obviously, I didn't even think about the dinner part. I'd have resorted to pizza delivery!

  • Lydia

    Oh my-that photo is priceless! Robert Langdon would be great addition, and my Sherlock Holmes would most definitely be channeling Benedict Cumberbatch. The cardigan looks like a perfect fit-is there anything he doesn't look cute in?!

  • Honoré

    Your dinner party sounds like so much fun; can't wait to hear more about it! Luv that Charlie's reaching out to Holly – they'll be fast friends right soon!