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Break the Ice- Conversation Starters

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

You've spent days preparing and thinking through the details of your dinner party- or you're scrambling to clean your apartment because you have some last minute guests coming over. Regardless of how much (or little) you have prepped for this event, the one thing that will make or break the evening will be how well the conversation flows.

We've all been there – trapped in the endless cycle of small talk, forced to endure that one friend's never-ending rant about a troublesome coworker, or subjected to the incessant self-promotion of the loudest person in the room.

Therefore, it's always helpful to be prepared with a few conversation starter topics to keep things interesting, and to ensure that everyone at the table has a chance to contribute to the conversation.

Below are a few Dinner Party Conversation Topic Starters that can get your party moving in the right direction:

  1. If you could move to any country you’d never visited before, which one would it be?

  2. If you had the opportunity to meet one person you haven’t met who would it be, why and what would you talk about?

  3. What was the worst job you ever held and why?

  4. If you were to win the mega lottery, what's the first thing you would buy for yourself?

  5. Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

  6. What new skill would you like to learn this year?

  7. Share your favorite fun fact!

  8. What is something embarrassing that you secretly love?

  9. What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

  10. What’s the most embarrassing outfit you’ve ever worn in person?

  11. What’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given, or have given to someone?

  12. What’s your go-to funny story to tell at parties?

  13. Can you do any impressions?

  14. Is there anything you used to like but isn’t cool, so now you deny ever liking it?

  15. What’s your best travel story?

  16. What’s the most ridiculous item you’ve ever wasted money on?

  17. Who would you invite (dead or alive) to your dream dinner party (up to 4 guests)?

  18. What was your most “only in New York” moment?

  19. What would be your dream job (if money didn’t matter)?

  20. What’s your best dad joke?

  21. If you could pick a new first name, what name would you choose?

  22. What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever given or received?

  23. If you had intro music, what song would it be?

  24. What is your favorite dance move? Can you demonstrate it?

  25. What's something new you want to do this year?

  26. What is your most-used emoji?

  27. If you could bring back any fashion trend, what would it be?

  28. If aliens landed on Earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go?

  29. What was your biggest cooking fail?

  30. What’s the dish you cook best?

  31. What is the strangest thing you used to believe as a child?

  32. Who is your celebrity doppelgänger?

  33. What was your first screen name or email address?

  34. What’s the most embarrassing picture of you to have been posted on social media?

  35. What was your nickname as a kid? Or which nickname do you wish you had?

  36. Give a superlative to someone in this room

  37. If you could have had anyone, real or fictional, as a quarantine buddy, who would it have been?

  38. Who was your first crush?

  39. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?

  40. What is your best pickup line?

  41. What is the most awkward date you’ve ever been on?

  42. What was the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on public transport?

  43. Have you ever had an experience with the supernatural?

  44. What was your best Halloween costume?

  45. What social media trend do you find to be the most annoying?

  46. What’s the best rumor you ever started?

  47. What’s the weirdest thing you were ever asked to do at work?

  48. If you had to be on a reality TV show, which one would it be?

  49. If you could pull off one big scam/heist and not get caught, what would it be?

  50. If you could invent something to make life easier, what would it be?

  51. If you could be an Olympic athlete, what would you be and why?

  52. What animal do you think you most resemble?

As you start planning out your next dinner party, consider how you as the host will encourage engaging conversations. Hopefully, the conversation of the party will flow naturally, and you will not need to rely on any pre-made topics, but being prepared with a well-curated list of conversation starters, you can ensure that your guests have a night filled with lively discussions, laughter, and meaningful connections should the conversation grow stale. After all, a successful dinner party isn't just about the food you serve; it's about the lasting memories you create through the art of conversation.

So, prepare to elevate your hosting game and leave your guests raving about your unforgettable soirées for years to come.

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