6 Engaging Questions to Ask at Any Party
This marks the third installment of our weekly Dinner Party Dialogue series. We've got the latest news in our favorite topics and all the right questions to ask to get your weekend dinner party buzzing with excitement. Scroll through and be the most wonderfully informed guest at the table.
Fendi, the fashion empire started by design aficionados Adele and Edoardo Fendi, has always stayed true to its Roman roots. So it's no surprise that when the luxury label decided to launch a stunning jewelry box of a hotel, they decided to do so on Rome's Via Condotti in the original Palazzo Fendi. From the red Lepanto marble walls to the Gio Ponti furniture, guests of the ethereal hotel can enjoy the signature opulence of Fendi.
Question to ask the table: If you could design a boutique hotel, what would it look like?
In order to have a successful, sustainable career, you must develop good habits that keep you healthy, focused, and mentally strong. But habits are much more easily broken than made. That's why we're loving Inc.'s latest round-up of the best TED Talks for creating excellent habits. Learn how to build a new habit in 30 days with Google engineer Matt Cutts, whose unique and effective method enabled him to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and write a novel. Learn how to laser-focus your goals with social psychologist Emily Balcetis. She discusses how our perceptions of distance impact our ability to reach our goals. Learn how to save effectively with economist Shlomo Benartzi, who advises you to wait until your next raise to start.
Question to ask the table: Have you developed a semi-new habit that has helped you in your career or in life?
This news is for new and experienced moms alike. We've been inspired by Kitchensurfing, a chef service that "brings families back to the dinner table." When you're in the middle of juggling motherhood, a career, feeding schedules for newborns, and household tasks, it's nearly impossible to find the time for a quality date night with your spouse. That's why we think Kitchensurfing is so incredible. Sign up and have a chef come to your house for a fun, fuss-free date night, family-style. The best part of this service? A perfectly clean kitchen at the end of the night without having to lift a finger.
Question to ask the table: Would you consider a family date night at home?
The vegan craze has officially reached new heights: Ben & Jerry's is going vegan later this month. The four new "everything but the cow" flavors include dairy-free take on the following classics: Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and P.B. & Cookies and one new variety—Coffee Caramel Fudge. Early tasters confirm this animal-free line is just as delicious as the full dairy version.
Questions to ask the table: Have you ever gone vegan? Paleo? Vegetarian? Which flavor Ben & Jerry's are you craving in vegan form?
If you're tired of massaging your dinosaur kale, make seaweed your new green favorite. The sea vegetable is high in vitamins B, E, K , and A; is a great source of calcium, iron, iodine, and selenium; and is rich in potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus it's utterly delicious. Transition from kale to seaweed with Food52's seaweed kale salad with cucumber, apple, and ginger. Seaweed… so hot right now.
Question to ask the table: Which vegetable trend have you loved the most?
Super Bowl 50 is taking place this weekend in the Bay Area, and locals are cashing in on the opportunity to use Airbnb or other short-term listing sites for the first time. The grandest château of them all? A 4500-square-foot house with a pool, daily maid service, and five-acre estate for $50,001 for the week listed on Craigslist. What's more shocking, perhaps, are the rates of nearby Travelodge rooms. We've heard they're going for over $1000 a night. Despite these astronomical fees, Airbnb reports that demand for housing on its platform is three times higher than it was for the 2015 championship in Arizona.
Question to ask the table: What's the craziest Airbnb rental you've ever heard of?
What's the best dinner party theme you've ever seen?