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Icebreakers and Table Topics

Few experiences are more uncomfortable than when awkward silence fills the room at a dinner party. Dinner party guests fall into one of two categories, the people struggling to formulate a new conversation, and the people who just act busy with their food. My own family boosts a tremendous collection of “Table Topics”,
brightly colored cubes filled with questions to ask at dinner parties, in an effort to avoid these moments. In case you don’t want to whip out a stack of “Table Topic” cards or embarrass yourself by asking their sometimes-explicit questions, we have created a list of appropriate (and lets face it, pretty witty) conversation starters. So next time you are out on a date or at a Feastly meal, remember these questions for guaranteed success.

1) What is your favorite midnight snack?
2) What is the most interesting thing you have learned about recently?
3) Where have you traveled to this year?
4) What is the best birthday you have ever had?
5) Tell us the last dream you remember.
6) What are you most proud of?
7) What is your all time favorite song?
8) If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
9) Where did you enjoy your favorite meal?
10) What did you want to be when you were growing up?
11) What was your high school experience like?
12) What is your favorite book?
13) Do you enjoy the current city you are living in? What do you like about it?
14) What is your favorite thing to cook/bake?
15) What are the strangest things you ever eaten?

Most of these question should probably not be asked outright but rather worked into a statement, such as: “This meal is excellent, is your cooking something you feel you are most proud of?” Or “I could write a book about this meal, it is so good! If you could write a book about anything, what would it be about?” The second one should be used in mostly desperate conversational situations, as it might be a bit awkward.

None of these questions cross any boundaries if you are with people you just met. They also let people share as much as they are comfortable with, and open the conversation to funny stories and interesting experience. They will also provide the diners with more common ground, so that awkward silences can be further avoided in the future. As any feaster knows, the conversation at a meal is equally (if not more) important than the actual food. So keep these tips in mind for conversational smooth sailing, and stay tuned for the worst icebreakers ever, in a post to come.

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