Look Who’s Coming to (Bloggy) Dinner



This is actually my SIL Thanksgiving table, but it will do.


You may have noticed…the first of the month has come (and gone) and a Blogger of the Month was not announced! I’m sure you may be saying “What gives?”

Well, waaay back when- over the summer I think- I asked A Daddy Blog if he would like to be the September Blogger of the month. He did accept and if I did not have such a crazy packed August, I would have been better at making arrangements to welcome him on September 1st. This will sound so Seinfeld-ish, but it really is true: It’s not you, it’s me!

Because of my non-follow-upping, I want to be sure to give him a proper shout out. Please be sure to visit Michael’s blog and follow him on Twitter @adaddyblog he is a fantastic blogger, wonderful Twitter friend and most definitely worth the read

Then I realized as the 1st came and went, Blogger of the Month is a year old! Wow. That went really fast, didn’t it? We have had 12 fabulous bloggers here and I hope you took the opportunity to visit them.

This led me to my next thought…

You know that question that is sometimes asked “If you could have dinner with anyone living or not, who would you have at your table?”

I decided to set my bloggy dinner table with 12 place settings and surround myself with those that make me laugh with their side-splitting wit, think with their intellectual thoughts and outlooks, and admire all the works of art they have created through clay, ceramic, camera lens, illustrations or words. Of course one common thread that binds all of us is our love of food, so I think I have that covered!

Some of my guests I know personally. One is family, who has life stories & worldly adventures to entertain for hours and one is a dear friend I have known for ten years who is an artist, teacher and mom.


Lisa and I at friend's Alison & RIch Wedding

 Two others I have emailed many, many times and have had heartfelt discussions about blogging and life and the joy of living in the moment and embracing the good in all. I was so glad that when I met them in person, they were as lovely as I had imagined.

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Jill, author of Scary Mommy & I finally meet at BlogHer! She's so pretty!



Alexandra, of Good Day Regular People and I at BlogHer. So, so lovely, inside and out!


 Three guests I met last summer; a funny, hardworking mom who understood the schlepping from one sport to the other, a mom who not only writes brilliant words on paper, but captures stunning images through her camera lens and a woman who also pens thought provoking words and photos who not only allowed me to dream but helped me put my dream into action.

Another guest, another talented photographer that tells stories through her images, I met through a contest that could have brought us to the Olympic Winter Games. Instead, we watched from home and shared our joy of true sport unfold on the TV screen.

The next guest had me rolling in laughter the minute I read her first post and has done so ever since. Talented in music and now roller derby, she is a woman I so wished lived down the street from me. I believe I introduced her to our next guest, who I admit is the one guest I do not know very well. I love her commitment to fitness and that she will share all her fabulous recipes. I would take this time to get to know her better.

Rounding out our table are two wonderful ladies. Both have inspired me to keep writing and have given me such sound business advice that I just could never express how appreciative I am for their guidance. I was lucky to have met one in person, and the other will happen at some point I am sure.

This table would be buzzing from the moment we gathered together with conversation, laughter, tears, and pure joy that I am sure would last until the wee hours of the morning. All of these people have made my life richer for knowing them.

Let me tell you, this would be one hell of a dinner party!

If you could have anyone around your bloggy dinner table, who would it be?


** A small note: I will be taking a break for a little while from Blogger of the Month. I am not sure if this will continue as a monthly highlight or become a more frequent item. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, I am all ears. Thanks. **

About Kelly Pugliano

Kelly is a freelance writer, photographer and avid runner. Here you will find life stories, favorite entertaining and family tested recipes and motivational tips for the sport & fitness minded. You can also find her creating on her food blog *www.eatpicks.com*.

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  1. I totally wish this was a real dinner party! Can’t you pull it together Kelly???!!

    First I know I would LOVE whatever menu you cooked up – Deliciousness! And second All these bloggers totally rock and I would love to sit around the table with them with a few (okay maybe several) bottles of wine and some great food.

    Maybe someday!

    PS – My August was totally out of control too – I am hoping that September gets a little easier! HA!

    • Heather you are so right! This table would totally rock…and of course wine would flow and food would be plentiful….but the best part would be all the fabulous people (including YOU!) seated in one place!

      So glad to see I was not the only one with a crazy August!! :)

  2. Love this post!! You’ve certainly met some awesome people. I should sit down and think about who I’d like at my table :)

    • I have been so lucky to meet such fabulous folks….if only I could meet all and have this dinner…it would be so great!

  3. Love this lady! And what a wonderful, cozy thought to have everyone gathered around the table!

  4. Kelly, I would be honored someday to be in such great company. What a fun table you set. Hope you have a super weekend! I’m about to take my just-turned-3-year-old to her first gymnastics class. :)

    • Michael, thank you so much!! It would be a fabulous dinner party, one I most certainly hope you would be seated at!
      I hope you enjoyed gymnastics and enjoyed your holiday weekend! :)

  5. Forgot to include my twitter. Happy Labor Day Weekend!

  6. Thanks so much for the shout out mama, this would be a fabulous dinner convo, and we will meet in 2012, BlogHer baby!!!! So glad to have “met” you online & can’t wait to chat IRL!!! xoxo

    • Heather, it has been so wonderful to get to know you too!! I can’t WAIT to meet you IRL!! BLOGHER12!!!! YES!!

  7. aww…kpugs, you know you’re my girl.


    I was so happy to see a kind face, when we bumped into each other at the expo and YOU made me late for VOTY.

    How’s that for “it’s you, not me!!”

    • Heehee! I did not mean to make you late!! So sorry! But, I too am so glad we bumped into each other at the expo…time that is cherished.

      Thank YOU…for being wonderful YOU!! :)

  8. Just tell me where to be- I’m there!!!!!

    • What a night that would be…I’m telling you…the stories that would fly around that table…. :)

  9. —–A blogger dinner party! I love this idea….but there are sooooooo many fabulous people to invite. So many brillinat women.
    (((((I want ALL of them at my dinner party.)))))) xx

    • I know!! So, so many…I guess we would have to have A LOT of dinner parties! :) I’m totally game for that…

  10. THAT would be the shiz. THE shiz. I could totally sit there and just be fed off the energy of the others in the room. Alexandra, TOTALLY. And Gigi… I need to take a notebook to take lessons in Kludginess. Thank you muchly, Friend. And I totally wish we lived closer. You’d have to file a restraining order against me. :)

    • Haha!! I think it would be YOU that would be filing! :) This would be so fun, wouldn’t it?? Thank you for being a BOM!! You are just d’bom!! :)

  11. I’m sure it would be a late night, indeed. What a great post of simply appreciating the wonderful bloggers we get to “meet” both online and off. Cheers to that!

    • This most certainly would be a late night! :) I am so honored that all of my “guests” were Blogger of the Month! They are fabulous, and I hope folks did visit them this past year! :)

  12. My “dinner table” in my head has always been a resort. See, I strike it rich, move somewhere tropical, and invite all of my blogger friends over.

    I think this needs a post all of it’s own – expect a link in the very near future :-)

  13. Such a fun post! Most of the people I end up choosing to have at my table are famous and dead, so this would be way more fun.:)

  14. Thank you for the imaginary dinner invitation Kelly.
    I am honored, especially since I have been a bad blogger of late.
    X David

    • David, you are always welcome around the dinner table, imaginary or not. Still waiting to share that lovely glass of red wine with you. We need to make that happen. I miss you.