After careful consideration and many requests I have decided to host another dinner party — and yes, it is the very same kind of Dinner Party I had last year. Last time I sent out invitations and threw a huge surprise at the end. An unwrapping of sorts. This year I am not sending out invitations. This year everyone is invited (that means a frequent visitor or commentor) not really everybody!
Last year’s dinner was just for people on my blogroll. Several of my more frequent visitors who were not on my blogroll felt left out. I had to create a special meal just for them last minute. If you’ve ever had the honor of hosting a party for family and friends, you know how last minute changes can really throw you off your game. Nonetheless, things went well.
Next year’s party will also have a purpose bigger than just food and fellowship. The dinner party will be on Friday, February 24th and we will have a mini conference on blogging all day Saturday the 25th. If you are coming and have special dietary needs, I would like to meet them. Gluten-free, allergies, vegetarian, vegan, even lactose intolerant.
Air fare is on me. Your job (assuming you accept it) will be to uninvite yourself if you do not want the invitation extended your way. Not that it matters, but I will not be offended if you choose not to partake in this get together.
If you are a little confused, this is a virtual dinner party. Please don’t really show up at my home. I will not be prepared for that unexpected encounter! Many of you are either dating, engaged, or married. Unfortunately my dining room table and my imagination for creating specialized menus is limited. The invitation is just for you and not your significant other.
For comments of course use the comment section, to be removed from the guest list, please use the contact page. Bon appétit.
#1 by Bluejellybeans on December 22, 2011 - 7:30 PM
I’m leaving in a few hours to Panama, but sure, count me in!
#2 by Tom Baker on December 23, 2011 - 6:06 PM
Dinner is in February. I think you can make it! Enjoy your time in Panama and Merry Christmas!
#3 by Chris on December 19, 2011 - 8:56 PM
Of course I’m in my friend.
#4 by Tom Baker on December 21, 2011 - 11:27 PM
I got you right between Blaga and Cherlyn.
#5 by brittany220 on December 19, 2011 - 1:16 PM
Nice idea Tom, have fun! And Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays)! Hope you’re doing well. :)
#6 by Tom Baker on December 21, 2011 - 11:28 PM
Thanks Brit. I’ve got a menu planned for you too.
#7 by Paul Orr on December 16, 2011 - 9:08 PM
Tom, I would love to attend. Hopefully, the time difference won’t mean that I’m on my own, after everyone else has gone home.
Paul (New Zealand)
#8 by Tom Baker on December 18, 2011 - 4:41 AM
There will be a place set with your name on it Paul. Thanks.
#9 by Rose Reynolds on December 15, 2011 - 9:34 PM
Last year was a blast. No special menus for me – anything you think I will like will be fine with me. I’ll be there in just my birthday suit! I know it’s just for fun so I can say that without hesitation. This year I’m bringing a bottle of wine for you! Wonderful hospitality last year.
#10 by Tom Baker on December 18, 2011 - 4:42 AM
Rose, thanks for embracing the spirit of the post. I will think of something special. I just finished creating the dessert menu. I made it easy on myself this year!
#11 by disjointedrhymings on December 14, 2011 - 5:46 PM
Much as I’d love to attend, I’ve pre-existing plans which would prevent me. That and considering my accommodation and the present climate, nude would be an open invitation to frostbite or hypothermia! Plus I really would be far to embarrassed to dress in so little, can I join Isadora in the gown option please? Hope that it all goes well!
#12 by Addie on December 14, 2011 - 3:49 AM
At first I was like wow! And then, huh? And then another huuuuuuuuh? But having re-read this for the nth time I’m now like Oooooooooo…:D
#13 by Tom Baker on December 14, 2011 - 7:35 AM
Hey Addie, I’m creating menus already. I hope to see you there. Was the post confusing or did you think it was a real dinner?
#14 by Bridgesburning Chris King on December 14, 2011 - 1:01 AM
This sounds delightful but must confess actual dining would be lovely however sounds like fun!
#15 by Tom Baker on December 14, 2011 - 7:32 AM
What good is a virtual plane ticket? Where is the generosity in that? I would love to have dinner with all the wonderful guests who stop by here. I would have to enlist some help with that party!
#16 by TemptingSweets99 on December 14, 2011 - 12:37 AM
Oh wow! How nice! Do we have to do anything. Do we bring anything? I guess I’ll have to go check out the link for your first party.
#17 by Tom Baker on December 14, 2011 - 7:16 AM
No, you have nothing to do but show up on the 24th to read the post. Also I am really trying to find someone to “speak at” the mini convention. I hope you checked out the link.
#18 by Inside the Mind of Isadora on December 14, 2011 - 12:11 AM
Really … who could miss such an elegant dinner party? I would be honored to attend. I’m assuming formal wear would be appropriate. I love wearing long flowing gowns.
Merry Happy Holidays and all that …
#19 by Tom Baker on December 14, 2011 - 7:15 AM
Hello Isadora, I hope you are doing well. Actually I think you might want to re-read the post and click on the link. Long flowing flowing gowns would not be as appropriate as you might think, but it is just a virtual dinner!
#20 by Inside the Mind of Isadora on December 14, 2011 - 2:41 PM
Oh Gosh …. leave it to Isadora to miss the entire story. I wish I could say it was
exhaustion but I don’t want to use any excuses. SURPRISE … SURPRISE … wouldn’t
I have been surprised???? Oh well, I would have to wear something so the neighbors
weren’t aware of all that was going on. I guess my long flowing gown would work for that …. lolol
Well … looks like I’d be a dead-head at it since I shower with clothes on. It would work for
my husband, though, he doesn’t much care for clothes. ~~~~ : – )