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Barack and Boris pull in the votes as top fantasy dinner guests

November 14, 2012
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Having recently won a second term in the US election, Barack Obama has proved he is also a winner with the British public. The 44th American president was voted as one of the top three dream dinner party guests, followed by our charismatic Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. But Stephen Fry beat both the president and mayor, taking the winning seat at the fantasy dinner. And it's not surprising with all three men undoubtedly qualified to bring a wealth of unique anecdotes to entertain the table.

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The Queen's dining preferences

The Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Harry were also thought to be royally entertaining, as was the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton, who has proved her flair for parties with her recent publication "Celebrate: A year of festivities for Families and Friends."

Dinner party trends

The research, carried out by Casillero del Diablo wines, found that more and more people are choosing to eat in on a regular basis and are more enthusiastic about hosting a dinner party. With the festive season soon approaching, it's just as well that we are at our most comfortable when cooking for friends and family, with only a fifth of us feeling any pressure when our loved ones are around the table.

Romance at dinner parties

If you're hoping for romance, dinner parties could be the way forward, with many experiencing life-changing events over a meal – almost a fifth disclosed that they had met their partner at such an event.

Networking at dinner parties

Luck doesn't just fall to those in love, as mingling over some nibbles sets up others with a successful business deal or a job offer. Although networking can prove beneficial in live conversation, social networking on smartphones was deemed highly damaging to the success of a dinner party.

Party etiquette

So be sure to steer clear of Tweeting, surfing the Internet, and checking Facebook this Christmas, as these were all voted by almost half of the 500 polled wine drinkers as the most annoying things that a guest could do at a dinner party.

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