Spy’s dream dinner party: The new guest list

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Monday, 19 March 2018, 11:36PM
Grace Palmer, Liam Malone and Lily McManus. Photos / Instagram
Grace Palmer, Liam Malone and Lily McManus. Photos / Instagram

It’s been more than a year since we came up with our original dream dinner party guest list, so we figure it's about time we dusted off the silverware for another theoretical soiree. 

But, in order to keep life interesting, we thought it best to change up that guest list. So, who would we send dinner invitations to this time around?

Barack Obama

Barack Obama is in New Zealand this week, so we're grabbing our chance to invite the former leader of the free world around for dinner. 

Sure it might be a bit of a stretch getting Obama on Spy's dream guest list, what with all those golf dates and speaking engagements he's got planned already, but you gotta aim high, right?


A post shared by Barack Obama (@barackobama) on Nov 1, 2017 at 10:13am PDT


Lily McManus (with special guest appearances from other Bachelor alumni)

Every good dinner party should have a former Bachelorette on the guest list – and we choose breakout star of The Bachelor NZ's third season, Lily McManus.

She's currently gallivanting around the US with her new beau, Courtney Dober, who she met while filming The Bachelor Winter Games, so we imagine she'd have no shortage of interesting stories to tell. 

Sure, she'd probably bring box wine to the party, but we can forgive that in exchange for some salacious Bachelor gossip.


A post shared by LILY MCMANUS (@lilymcmanus) on Mar 12, 2018 at 10:19am PDT


Matilda Rice

Speaking of former Bachelorettes, we also need New Zealand's original – Matilda Rice.

We would entice her to the dinner party with the promise of mince on the menu and then grill her about all the twists and turns we can expect from her upcoming new show, Heartbreak Island



Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is back on New Zealand soil this week for a series of shows, so who better to provide a little background music as the dessert trolley is rolled out?

Breakfast presenter Hayley Holt isn't on the guest list this time, so Sheeran can be sure of a friendly crowd


A post shared by Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) on Jan 1, 2018 at 2:56am PST


Liam Malone

Former Paralympian Liam Malone would be an entertaining addition to any dinner party.

The 24-year-old has packed a lifetime's worth of adventures into the last couple of years, including winning gold medals, travelling to Antarctica, beginning a new job at an artificial intelligence company – and partying with Fergie.

And we want to hear all about it.


Life has hit peak craziness @stevenkleinstudio @carineroitfeld @fergie

A post shared by Liam Malone (@liammmalone) on Dec 12, 2017 at 10:50pm PST


Grace Palmer

Speaking of good dinner party stories, we imagine former Shortland Street star Grace Palmer also has a few of them up her sleeve.

The actress is the latest local star doing her best to crack the Hollywood dream, which is always good conversation fodder.

It also helps that she's usually the life of the party wherever she goes.


Baditude 👽

A post shared by Grace Palmer (@gracemmpalmer) on Dec 12, 2017 at 8:27pm PST


Dai Henwood and Sharyn Casey

In order to hurry along finding out the rest of the line-up for Three's Dancing With The Stars reboot, we figure we'll invite the hosts along to dinner, top up their champagne glasses and hope one of them accidentally spills the beans over the course of the evening. 

And once dinner is over, they could get the dancing started.

As Henwood said himself as news of the DWTS reboot broke: "[Sharyn and I] had to host, because if we were contestants we would win."