Friday, 1 May 2015

Finish Product Bundle Giveaway & My Ultimate Dinner Party


I don't know about you, but as a regular home cook and baker, I create a lot of dirty dishes! I am so thankful to have a dishwasher, which really makes the clean up process so much easier. Finish have recently released a new advert which cleverly points out that life causes a lot of dirty dishes! Have a watch below...


One of my favourite dirty dish creating activities to do is to host a dinner party. I love planning the menu, setting the table and most of all enjoying great food and great company. Here's what my ultimate dinner party would include...


I have to admit, I am not much of a music connoisseur. I like to play music from the 40s like Judy Garland at an afternoon tea party, or you can't beat a more modern crooner like Michael Buble for an evening meal. Anything easy listening that you can play in the background to create a nice relaxed atmosphere is fine with me, and I'm always happy to take recommendations!


Deciding who to invite to my ultimate dinner party was a tough one. I definitely wanted my boyfriend to be one of the guests. Not to get too soppy on you all, but I love his company and it wouldn't be a great night without him.


Next on my list was Ellen DeGeneres. I just love her! I watch her show whenever I can on YouTube, and clips on Facebook. She's hilarious and such a nice, kind person. She is always doing wonderful things to help others, and I know she would have everyone at the dinner party laughing with her jokes and quick wit. She also has a great ability to get the truth out of people without ruffling any feathers.


I've been a huge fan of Joss Whedon and his work since Buffy was first shown on TV. I would love to meet him and I bet his has so many interesting stories to tell!


Taylor Swift, because she seems like so much fun, quirky and down to earth. She is the kind of girl I would imagine every girl wants to be best friends with. She's so nice and treats her fans really well, so I have a lot of respect for her.


Mary Berry, because I love her! Plus just think of all the baking tips and ideas she is full of. I would never get tired of talking to her. I just hope she likes my food!

Firstly, when deciding on the menu for a dinner party you have to check the dietary requirements and general food likes and dislikes of your guests. My boyfriend is a vegetarian, Ellen is a vegan, and I've heard some talk that Joss may be a vegetarian or vegan too. So I'm covering all bases.


For my starter I would go for home made dips; hummus, gucamole, babaghanoush, spinach & white bean, and blue cheese. With a variety of vegetable crudites and breads for dipping. Not only would this suit all the diets, but it would get everyone talking and interacting at the start of the meal.


Main course for the meat eaters would be lasagne, with some fresh salad or roasted vegetables. And for the vegetarians and vegans I found this awesome recipe for Vegan Mac & No Cheese. I'd also add some vegetables to the mix to make it a bit more interesting than just pasta and make it into a sort of vegan lasagne. I love hearty Italian food and it's great for large meals.


For dessert I would serve a Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Berries. It would be easy to make a vegan version of this by using tofu or coconut cream.


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316 comments:

  1. Harrison Ford. ...and a lot of melted chocolate. ...

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  2. Robert Downey JR and Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

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  3. Einstein, Stephen Fry, Erin O'Connor, Claire (Grayson Perry), the Bhutanese Ambassador and Joanna Lumley. :-)

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  4. Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and The Queen.

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  5. Eddie Izzard, perfect guest - jokes, politics and fashion!

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  6. My two closest friends so we could have a proper girly gossip evening"

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  7. My husband as we don't get to have dinner to ourselves very often as we are a carer for his father - Joanne Beale

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  8. Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi and Maggie Smith

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  9. All of my closest friends because we don't all get together at once very often. Donna Loxton.

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  10. family and friends - no awkward silences while we are getting to know each other.

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  11. My Family, there is no one else that could be as good company than my family xxx

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  12. stephen fry - harrison ford - lee mack and jo brand ( bound to be be a laugh )

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  13. All my old school friends as I haven't seen them for years and it would be great fun :-)

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  14. Stephen Fry, Hugh Dennis and Peter Kay

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  15. Michael Buble... So smooth!

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  16. Hmmmm Gail platt......just so I could take a selfie with her 😛

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  17. Marilyn Monroe, Noel Coward, Cary Grant, Winston Churchill, I should really think of some living people..

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  18. Rob Brydon, Fiona Bruce and Simon Pegg

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  19. Definitely Mary Berry! Need some baking tips :-)

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  20. elvis presley, audrey hepburn and einstein

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  21. David Walliams & Miranda Hart

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  22. Kylie would be top of my list, small, cute and a good laugh from what I've seen on her media appearances!

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  23. Peter Kay, for the fun, Paul O'Grady for all the celebrity gossip, Mary Berry because she's lovely and Joan Collins for the glamour. If only lol x

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  24. Stephen Fry, Anthony Hopkins, Judy Dench and moi!

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  25. Jacqui Fleming2 May 2015 at 14:59

    Marilyn Monroe

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  26. Rentacrowd - the best friends on the world

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  27. kim and aggie so they could help me get the kitchen gleaming after our lovely dinner x maria blythin

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  28. jamie dornan and hugh jackman!

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  29. My family. They don't mind doing the washing up afterwards!

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  30. I'd say my family, always enjoy a good night in with my best friends too!!!

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  31. Liam Neeson, Boris Johnson, Dawn French, The Queen, Will.I.Am & Judy Dench

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  32. Ed Sheeran, Christian Bale and Prof Brian Cox!

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  33. Vivien Taylor2 May 2015 at 16:49

    Prof Tim Noakes, mark sisson,

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  34. Gotta be Nigella and Emelia Fox for me :-)

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  35. Paula Readings2 May 2015 at 17:33

    Dawn French she's funny

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  36. Jenson Button, Martin Brundle and My Dad :-)

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  37. My family and my partners family as it would be nice for them to all come together :)

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  38. Robbie Williams and nobody else

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  39. Lee evans, peter kay & franky boyle

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  40. Mary Berry

    @rachiegr

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  41. Alan Bishop

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  42. Einstein, Freddie Mercury, Peter Ustinov.

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  43. Jennifer Lawrence appears good fun

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  44. Derren Brown, Russell Crowe and Stephen Fry.

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  45. Captain America (Chris Evans)

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  46. My family! I would rather spend time with people I love than celebrities!

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  47. Stephen Fry, Caitlin Moran, Derren Brown .... not sure what I'd add to their experiences but never mind :)

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  48. Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard, Rhodd Gilbert, Russell Howard and Kit Harrington lol.

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  49. Shappi Khorsandi, David Cameran and Ed Milliband x

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  50. Some good suggestions here; I think I would want someone that was able to help cook if it went wrong but wouldn't criticise it to much like a chef so I would want Mary berry :(

    @jamiecomps

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  51. JK Rowling and Boris Johnston

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  52. Billy Conolly, Jack Dee, Michael McIntyre and Rhod Gilbert

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  53. Bradley Walsh,Ant & Dec and Tim Vine,I think they would all be good fun!

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  54. My Son and My Daughter because I do not see them very often because we live quite a long way from each other

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  55. Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson for really interesting conversations

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  56. Sheila Shepheard4 May 2015 at 14:08

    I'd invite Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Janet Street-Porter & Mick Jagger.

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  57. Christina Palmer4 May 2015 at 14:16

    All my female friends and John Bishop. what a laugh we would all have

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  58. Stephen Fry and Elizabeth 1

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  59. My mum's best friend who passed away last year.

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  60. Ranalph Fiennes, my lovely friends from around the world, Stephen Fry, Sandra Bullock

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  61. all my friends and family, jennifer lawrence and bradley cooper, ed sheeran, sam smith, jessie j, jason manford

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  62. Jon Bon Jovi, Stephen Fry, Marilyn Monroe

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  63. Xenia Seeburg, but don't tell my wife

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  64. Leonard Cohen (to cheer us all up with his songs) and Neil Diamond to make a duet!

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  65. Lee Evans what a dinner party that would be :)

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  66. The Hairy Bikers, they could help in the kitchen an would keep the table talk full of laughter

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  67. elvis prisleyyou on my mine

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  68. my friend Paul as he always makes me laugh

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  69. Keith Floyd - the ultimate Bon Vivant!

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  70. Michael Palin and Simon Reeve! That would be so interesting!

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  71. Karl Pilkinton & a fish pie. xx

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  72. Jamie Oliver (who would do the cooker)

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  73. Jamie Oliver (who would do the cooking!)

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  74. David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Holly Willoughby & Katie Price

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  75. Emma Jane Dav7 May 2015 at 01:48

    Definitely Peter Kay :)

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  76. Eddie Izzard, he would keep the conversation going - intelligent & funny

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  77. Mark Webber i do miss him from the FI he is so down to earth and love the way he talks....Barbara M

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  78. Dick Van Dyke he'd provide the entertainment and the stories!

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  79. Carol Kirkwood BBC Breakfast Weather Girl

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  80. Ohhh, David Tennant and James McAvoy!

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  81. Phil Collins

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  82. Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, The Rock :) x

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  83. Johnny Depp, Vin Diesel and the late Robin Williams

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  84. Peter Kay, Jeremy clarkson, piers morgan

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  85. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler - two very funny women I'd love to share a bottle of wine with!

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  86. All my best girl friends as Its been a long time since my two boys have come along

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  87. Douglas Adams if only he were still around

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  88. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge

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  89. Richard Branson, Karl Pilkington, The Queen, & Prince Harry

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  90. charles dickens and edgar allen poe x

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  91. Louis Theroux and phil taylor - leanne w

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  92. Miranda Hart, Ryan Gosling, Barack Obama

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  93. I'd like to invite some of the more interesting ancestors.

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  94. Michael Palin, Griff Rhys Jones and Robin Williams.

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  95. Friends that we have not seen for quite some time

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  96. I'd invite my best friend - she's living in America for two years & I miss her so much!!

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  97. Ant & Dec, Robson Green and Peter Kay

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  98. david walliams he so funny x

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  99. Stephen Fry, Marcus Brigstocke and Frankie Boyle - would definitely be a laugh!

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  100. Tom Hardy and Johnathan rhys meyers

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  101. Katie Sharman7 May 2015 at 19:40

    Mary Berry, Angelina Jolie & Peter Kay

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  102. Daniel Craig, Sean Connery and Roger Moore - a perfect Bond night!

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  103. rachael jones7 May 2015 at 20:05

    Will Smith , Bruno Marcus , Will.I.AM and Daryl Dixon (yes character form) ... hmmm yes they'll do !

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  104. Just my family, so i can be myself!

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  105. Derren Brown - he blows my mind

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  106. Stephen Fry and Albert Einstein.

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  107. Anne Boleyn, Oskar Schindler and my Great-Grandmother :)

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  108. Peter Kay, Paddy McGuiness and my family

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  109. Stephen Fry, Dermot Morgan and Michael Palin

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  110. Maria Jane Knight7 May 2015 at 21:36

    Sir David Attenborough, Holly Willoughby, Richard Hammond, Meryl Street and Johnny Depp

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  111. Peter Kay! We would have such a giggle

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  112. David Walliams and Jude Law (purely as eye candy ;-) )

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  113. David Walliams because he is so funny!

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  114. Damon Hill
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  115. I agree with alot of your choices actually but I'd love to have my grandad there, I'd give anything to have him back

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  116. joss whedon, benjamin zephaniah, ricky gervais

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  117. Oscar Wilde, Orlando Bloom (to be the waiter!), Jonny Lang, and Stevie Wonder. And Gino DiCampo would do the cooking!

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  118. Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard and Germain Greer! EJ Dunn

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  119. Simon Cowell, Keith Lemon,Nigel Farage and Dame Judy Dench

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  120. Cm punk ,johnny depp and Nicholas cage doesn't get any yummier than that

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  121. Vivienne Westwood, Coco Chanel, Malcolm McLaren and Karl Lagerfeld

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  122. David Essex I wouldn't need anybody else

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  123. Fern Britton, as she seems friendly, down to earth, with a good sense of humour etc.

    If only :- Oliver and Hardy, as great entertainment. Also Judy Garland as great singer.

    Susan Boyle, as great singer and seems down to earth in her manner etc.

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