Students invite 10 Renaissance figures to a dinner party they are hosting. Then they must explain their logic of choosing the ones they did and seating them where they did. A menu to be served will be made up by them as well. You can use this as an individual assignment or a group project, making it as simple or elaborate as you want. Typically I use this as a group activity for one class period (about 40 minutes) after we've already studied leading people of the Renaissance. But you could use it over several days, allowing them to do more research.
You could of course adjust this for other time periods – the Czars of Russia meet for dinner, the Japanese Shoguns, Dictators of the World, Presidents of the U.S., etc. The list is endless!