32 Conversation Starters That Don't Involve the Weather
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and as with any big family celebration, you never know what will happen. Your cousin could declare their veganism when your dad sets the turkey on the table; your crazy aunt could show up with a bunch of clothes she got at the thrift store and insist you do a pre-dinner fashion show; your brother’s new girlfriend could start talking about the election, despite her conflicting political views.
Whatever happens, it’s good to come prepared with a few conversation starters to steer table talk in a safe direction—especially if there’s going to be a seating chart, you don’t know who you’ll end up sitting next to at dinner. To avoid awkward silence and ensure that the holiday goes off without a hitch, think of a few positive subjects to discuss that go beyond the weather. Need ideas? Here are 32 party conversation starters to get you through the holiday season.
What are your vacation plans for the holidays?
What’s on your bucket list in 2017? Why do you want to go there?
Have you done any short weekend getaways recently? I’d love some recommendations.
Do you prefer a summer or winter vacation?
What’s the most amazing hotel you’ve stayed at?
What’s the best travel experience you’ve ever had?
What’s the most beautiful beach you’ve ever visited in the world?
Ask the longest-married couple at the table to tell the story of their wedding day.
Do you think that telling the truth is always right—even when someone gets hurt?
Tell a fun and hysterical story about the person to your right.
Ask the parents at the table to describe what happened on the days their children were born.
What’s the best surprise that you’ve ever received?
Have you ever tried sage smudging?
I’m really into [new fitness class]. Have you done it before?
Have you ever tried eliminating alcohol from your diet for Feb Fast? Would you do it?
Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Did it help you organize your home?
What’s your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?
What was your most memorable meal of the year?
What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever dined at?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
What is your favorite kind of cheese?
What’s your signature dish?
MAKE A TOAST:
If you could have any job in the world, what would you do?
Ask older family members to describe their first jobs.
Did someone at the table experience a career milestone this year, such as starting a new job, graduating, or receiving a promotion? Ask them to share how it’s going.
Black Friday: yea or nay?
The finale of Stranger Things (or a cult show you watch). Discuss.
What are you most excited about today?
Where were you when [insert topical event] happened?
How did you celebrate last Thanksgiving?
What holiday movie are you looking forward to seeing?
What are you most thankful for?