I decided what this Risky birthday needs is a party! But where to have it, who to invite, what to serve, and most importantly what to wear??? These are big questions–it’s not every month we turn 4.
First of all, I know who not to invite. The Mad Men characters for a start. Sure, they wear fabulous clothes and would bring great booze, but then they would just sit around smoking and being all bitter and passive-aggressive and full of sub-text. I might try and borrow one of Betty’s dresses, though. She might be a terrible mother, but that girl can really dress.
Not the crazed Bon Temps crew, either. No dirt-eating orgies, please. (But Eric can come to the party. Which means we have to have it at night, natch).
And not Byron and Caro Lamb (or any of his other women, especially that wet blanket Lady Byron. I don’t want any stabbings or broken furniture. No poetry, either)
We could invite Jane Austen (though she’d probably just sit there and make fun of everyone’s outfits); the Brontes (I bet Emily won’t come); Emma Hamilton (she would bring the good-looking men); Madame du Barry and Diane Poitiers (ditto); the Duchess of Devonshire and her sister (they can run the card-playing). And maybe Julia Child–I bet she would be awesome, and bring something yummy to eat. And whoever else wants to come!
So now, where to have it? I love that scene in the movie Marie Antoinette where they have the outdoor supper under the tent, so we’ll have it at the Temple of Love at the Petit Trianon. (Which means we have to invite Marie Antoinette and her crew, I guess).
We’ll have champagne, 10 different kinds of tea, and cupcakes! (But nothing from Cake Wrecks…) We’ll have music, too, something to dance to.
But that is all just the beginning! Who would you invite to be your guest at the party (because you are all invited, of course). What would you wear? What sorts of food and music should we have? And to 1 commenter I will give a Harlequin anniversary tote bag and calendar, plus a signed copy of Spirited Brides.
Happy Birthday to us, and to you, our wonderful readers! And here’s to many more…
Happy Birthday to you!
I’d bring Barak Obama to a party if I could.
If I could bring anyone from the past, it would be a tie between Jesus Christ and Aristotle.
Love & Best Wishes,
Yum, cupcakes. Don’t forget the lobster patties (I’m from Maine and I can bring them—lobster’s really cheap right now and the lobstermen are grumbling. I won’t bring them. They’d spoil everything, and yellow slickers are so not in fashion.)I’d like to bring all my fictional heroes and see how they’d do with you Riskies. Happy birthday!
Definitely, the Trianon for a site. All those Manola Blaynik (sp?) shoes, Deborah Kerr’s golden gown from The King and I. For guests–all the leading men from the Jane Austen films, both Count Fersons from the two Marie Antoinette films, a few James Bonds (not historical, but who can resist them?) Champagne, of course.
Sounds like a great party. Happy birthday, Riskies!
Amanda, methinks you watch too much TV…..Maybe I’ll bring a Clean-up crew from Clean House! They can sell all that gaudy French furniture at a yard sale (I’d sooooo be there cash in hand)
I might bring Castlereagh, but he might be a downer. Wellington! We must invite Wellington.
I wonder who might have been really fun at a Regency party.
Mmmm, lobster! Maggie, you are definitely invited. 🙂
Speaking of food, a new vegan, non-gluten, non-allergenic cupcake bakery opened here not long ago and I decided to try it this weekend (though I was almost afraid the cake would taste like cardboard!). It was fabulous. They have a double-chocolate that might be addictive.
Julia, I like your idea of a guest list very, very much (and the gown!) 🙂
“I might bring Castlereagh, but he might be a downer”
I think he would definitely be a downer, especially if I invite some Irish people to the party! 🙂 (and I watch 3 shows–no, 4, since I started on “Glee”…)
I would invite the following people:
Jane Austen (myself)
Alice Longworth Roosevelt
and we would sit in a corner and talk about people. After all if you can’t say something nice come and sit next to me…..
Let’s invite all the Risky Heroes!
No Heroines, just Heroes…
The above Jane was me. Oh, Blogger!
Amanda, I think you do Jane Austen an injustice by implying she’d just sit around making fun of other people’s clothes — she was quite the partyer! Dancing all night and such (as least when she was well.) So definitely invite her. And Cassandra too!
I’d invite Humphry Davy and Faraday — Todd would like to talk to them.
And I’d invite Fanny Burney and Maria Edgeworth — always wanted to meet them!
Thinking of the Duchess of Richmond’s ball before Waterloo, I’d bring Sharpe (like I’d need an excuse to bring Sean Bean). He sure would add some animal magnetism to the place.
Oh Valerie…how about we bring the Brideshead Revisited version of Jeremy Irons? Just for you.
Can’t go wrong with champagne and cupcakes. I would bring Jon Stewart. He’s a great conversationalist that I don’t have to worry saying anything stupid.
Yummy, I want those cupcakes!!! 🙂
Before I forget, when seeing the other comments, you gotta include Steven Colbert with Jon Stewart too. 🙂 Well, we need a hot Phantom of the Opera, so. . . yep, you know who. . . 😉
But definitely can’t bring Prinny, because he’ll eat all the food and drink all the drinks. . . hey, how about every cover model that’s been on the Regency era romance novels, and, of course, they must be dressed in breeches, shirts not required. 🙂
Amanda, I love Glee! It got my attention last year and I think I’m on my way to becoming shamefully addicted.
A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
I am going back in time and bring Rhett Butler with me. I will be dress in a purple gown for the times. Please have some Margeritta ready when I arrive!
LOL! Sounds like we’re going to have a great–and chaotic–party 🙂
Kate, isn’t “Glee” hilarious?? I loved that “Single Ladies” number. I was a choir geek in high school, but I have to say it was never quite so freakishly amusing
One of my student workers actually looks like the cover picture of the Duke of Norwood from Allison Lane’s Prodigal Daughter. I call him Your Grace. We get a chuckle out of it.
Hi Amanda! What a fun party you’re having! Happy Birthday Riskies!
I’ll bring Giovanni Belzoni–but I’ll bet you knew I was going to say that!
I wouldn’t mind hanging out with Erik either. 😉
What a great party this is going to be. I think I will bring Patrick Stewart, wear riding togs, have some pepperoni rolls catered in, and dance the night away to all the music even if I don’t know the proper steps.
I’d want Jane Austen, even if she is already invited. We could both sit on the sidelines, watch everyone and compare notes.
I’d serve a lovely pink champagne punch (pretty and pack a punch), a variety of puff pastries and little cakes.
I’d love to meet Signor Belzoni!!!
Happy Birthday! This party sounds fabulous. I was thinking about Marilyn Monroe this morning, and I think she would be a great addition to the guest list. She always looked, to me, like she would make a great girlfriend.
I’d bring Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, and Bram Stoker to my party. Poe and Stoker adds that Gothic touch that every party needs.
Food–rose hip infused cupcakes and gelato.
Music–1980s pop and rock.
Jane, you and I must start the Belzoni Appreciation Society. Dibs on being president!
I’m skidding here super late. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO my RISKIES!!!!!!
I’d like to bring one guest with me to the party: Linda McCabe.
I’d bring Hugh jackman (AKA Leopold) in his period costume. We know the man can sing and dance from his Broadway stint, so he’d definitely keep us amused. No doubt he a great performer in . . .other ways. So maybe he’d consent to, er, display his prowess.
I love parties and as the last in the door I hope to make a stir in my flapper outfit with Sean Connery on my arm. (I love his style!) And Paul McCartney to perk up the music for dancing.
I’d bring David James Elliott and stir up some interesting conversation.
I’ll bring a big tray of fresh veggies and a few choices of dips.
I would wear my shrimp/gold thread gown.
Mmm….David James Elliot…can he be in his dress whites? He’s yummy.
Who won this?