Fun Dinner Party Conversation Starters

Ditch the dreaded “So, what do you do?” and try one of these fun dinner party conversation starters instead. These questions and topics of discussion not only set a fun tone for your party but also create a welcoming atmosphere for your introverted friends, encouraging them to join in on the fun and steer the discussion away from boring topics.

Worried about how to naturally introduce them without it feeling like a rehearsed performance? These conversation starters can effortlessly find their place throughout your evening during a lull in conversation, when everyone sits down for dinner, or by turning them into an exciting game.

As cheesy as it sounds, fun conversation starters have the power to transform your gatherings.

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Fun Dinner Party Conversation Starters

I’ve grouped these conversation starters into themes. Hopefully, one or a few will be worthy enough for you to bust out at your next dinner party. If posing the question is too awkward, try telling your story first and then asking the group the question to share theirs.

Nostalgia and Denials

  1. Is there anything you used to like but isn’t cool, so now you deny ever liking it?
  2. What’s a childhood hobby or interest that you secretly wish you could still pursue?
  3. Did you have any embarrassing fashion phases growing up? Care to share?
  4. What was your very first job?
  5. Did you overpluck your eyebrows or dye your hair a ridiculous color when you were young? Do you regret it?
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Fun Fact: I used to pluck my eyebrows, and my mom hated it. She told me if I didn’t stop, she would shave them off at night. I had visions of Whoopi Goldberg haunt me and stopped almost immediately.

Would you Rather

Feel free to add your own. There are honestly infinite would you rather topics depending on what you and your group are into.

  1. Would you rather lose your sense of smell and taste or sight?
  2. Would you rather give up alcohol or coffee?
  3. Would you rather have to live in a place that never went below 25 degrees Celsius or never went above 10 degrees Celsius.
  4. Would you rather lose an arm or a leg?

Experiences

  1. What is your favorite dance move? Do you care to demo it?
  2. Have you ever participated in a flash mob or impromptu dance party?
  3. What’s the funniest dance fail or embarrassing dance moment you’ve experienced?
  4. If you could be a contestant on any game show, which one would you choose and how would you win?

The Internet

  1. What was your very first email? And what were your first experiences with email?
  2. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve Googled? Or, asked ChatGPT?
  3. Have you ever googled something so ridiculous that you questioned your sanity?
  4. Do you have an interesting internet dating or dating app story? Here’s mine:

Tinder & Covid: During COVID, my husband and I lived in a friend’s house in South Africa during lockdown for nearly ten weeks. For a period of the lockdown, they banned alcohol and cigarettes. We got desperate after a couple of weeks with a nearly depleted wine supply and our friends dared me to sign up for Tinder to see if I could somehow find a potential match to source wine for us. Don’t worry, my husband Chris approved. In a matter of 24 hours I had signed up for the app and created a profile, matched with a guy, and had this guy deliver a case of his friend’s label-free wine at our doorstep.

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Annoyances and Oddities

  1. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
  2. Is there a specific sound that drives you crazy?
  3. What’s something weird or odd you do at home when nobody’s watching?
  4. If you had to wear a t-shirt with one embarrassing slogan or image on it for a month, what would it be?

Random

  1. If you had to get a tattoo the size of a pack of gum, what and where on your body would it be?
  2. What’s the most extravagant purchase you’ve ever made?
  3. Have you ever fallen down a weird internet rabbit hole? What was it about?
  4. Have you ever randomly encountered a celebrity or someone famous? Share the story!
  5. Where is the most random place you’ve been picked up?

Fun Fact: I was once picked up in university at a house viewing. The guy I was making eyes with came back to get my number while I was still busy doing a tour and filling out the application. We both filled out applications for the house. Neither of us got it but we did go out on a couple of dates.

Talents and Guilty Pleasures

  1. What’s your strangest hidden talent?
  2. Is there a talent or skill you’ve always wanted to learn but have yet to?
  3. What’s a recent trend that you’re secretly into?

For It or Against It

In this game, you introduce a lighthearted word or topic and ask everyone whether they’re for or against it. Some of my go-to topics for this game include:

  • velvet
  • fake plants
  • teeth whitening
  • cold pizza
  • foot massages

The point of the game is to get people talking and opening up discussions and sharing opinions and personal stories of somewhat “basic” topics.

In addition to these fun conversation starters, keep a few stories or current events that most of the group has yet to hear of. Think about something crazy that you read in the news once. Or a story that recently happened to you that you almost couldn’t believe.

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