Not wanting it to be the exclusive domain of the famous, I drew up my ideal dinner party list the other night:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez,
a thirty-year old Doris Lessing,
me, and friends, Floris and Deb.
I've chosen them as much for how I imagine they'd contribute to a jolly evening as for what they do/think.
We'd start with garlic/chilli mushrooms, accompanied by an Albarino white, followed by a vegetarian Morrocan meze, pick and mix style, with a red Rioja, finished with trifle or baked cheesecake with a Canadian Ice Wine. Oh, and maybe some Garstang Blue. And some chockie mint crisp. Jacob's Joint.
And, of course we'd be on the boat, which would be moored with a view like this.
Let me know if you fancy an invite