When you arrive at a function to find you don’t know anyone, it’s scary, and very tempting to turn around and leave straight away. A good host understands this, and plans Dinner Party Icebreakers.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Stress Free Dinner Parties: How to plan, host and enjoy your party says “Dinner Parties are small intimate occasions, so a good host plans for Dinner Party Icebreakers.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for Dinner Party Icebreakers:
- Invite guests who share interests: If you introduce John to Stan, leading with their shared interest in philately (etc.), they will immediately have something to talk about..
- Invite guests who share backgrounds: Similarly, a shared town, career, event or person can get the conversation started.
- Choose a book or movie theme: Ask your guests to read/watch an entertainment before the Dinner Party so they can talk about it. If you’ve got them in costumes, even better.
- Pick a hot news topic: Start a debate about the latest news. Choose your topic carefully so no one storms out in a huff.
- Try something new: Try a new wine, or cook a new dish and ask your guests what they think about it.
With Alexandria’s tips for Dinner Party Icebreakers, you’ll be prepared to fill conversational gaps, and can relax and enjoy your Dinner Party.
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