If you’re at a gathering with acquaintances, it can be hard to settle on a topic that everyone can relate to and contribute to. Try some of these ice-breakers to find similar interests! And don’t forget to show your appreciation to the host with a heartfelt thank you gift!
- If you could have dinner with anyone living or not, who would it be?
- Are you a cat person or a dog person?
- What is the silliest thing you’ve posted online?
- What was your worst wardrobe mistake?
- What is the best restaurant you’ve been to?
- What is your favorite kitchen smell?
- When you die, what do you want to be reincarnated as?
- What is your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
- What was your worst “foot in mouth” moment?
- Who would you swap lives with for a day?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- What is the strangest gift you have ever received?
- What is the funniest gift you have ever given?
- What are three fun facts about yourself?
- What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
- Would you rather be invisible or have X-ray vision?
- If you could only save one item from a house fire, what would it be?
- What is the one food you could eat for the rest of your life?
- How do you know (person hosting dinner)?
- If you won the lottery, what would be your first big splurge?
- What’s one movie you could watch over and over?
- Where’s the most exotic place you’ve ever been to?
- If you could have picked your own name, what would it be?
Conversation Starters for A Family Gathering
Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what to talk about at extended family gatherings, especially if you haven’t seen family members for a while. These conversation starters are family-friendly and are sure to engage everyone from children to grandparents.
- What time period would you travel to?
- What is one thing you can’t live without?
- What is your least favorite chore?
- What is your earliest memory?
- Who are you most thankful for and why?
- Where do you want to go on the next family vacation?
- What’s the nicest thing a family member has ever done for you?
- What was the biggest punishment you’ve ever received?
- If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
- What would be the first thing you would do if you traded places with your family member?
- What instrument would you like to play?
- If you could get all your family members to donate to a charity, what would it be and why?
- Would you want to live on a boat, a mountain or an island?
- What makes you most proud?
- What three things are you most grateful for?
- Who do you count on the most for help?
- What would make you (if parent) most upset? A tattoo, a nose ring, or a bad boyfriend/girlfriend?
- What would be your ideal day?
- What makes you the happiest?
- If you could spend an entire day with a family member, who would it be and why?
- If you could be an animal, what would it be and why?
- If you could be any age, what age would you choose?
- What’s one thing you’ve won and how did you win it?
- What did you think was the most challenging part of being a kid?
- When is the last time you laughed so hard that you cried?
After you’ve asked “What do you do?” where should the conversation go from there? These questions will open up conversations beyond just discussing your job title.
- How did you hear about this event?
- What was the first job you ever had?
- What’s a good place to eat around here?
- What are you reading right now?
- How was your commute here?
- What fun plans do you have for the weekend?
- What cool conferences have you attended?
- How long have you been at your current job?
- What’s the most fun project you’ve ever worked on?
- Did you hear about (insert the latest news topic)?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Have you ever won an award?
- How old were you when you had your first job?
Ice-Breakers For Casual Get-Together
A casual get-together with friends is a good place to ask quirky questions. Find out fun information about your friends and acquaintances that you may have never known otherwise!
- How long can you go without checking your phone?
- Have you ever really kept a New Year’s resolution?
- What bad habits do you wish you could stop?
- Do you have a morning ritual?
- Have you ever been stalked on social media?
- Can you tell when someone is lying?
- Are you a jealous person?
- Do you prefer polaroid or digital cameras?
- If someone offered to tell you your future, would you accept it?
- Who’s your biggest hero?
- Have you ever stolen anything?
- If you were to remove one social media app from your phone, which would it be and why?
- If you could have tea with a fictional character, who would that be?
- What is your most embarrassing moment?
- If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
- If you could sit down with your 13-year old self, what would you say?
- If you could only pack one thing for a trip (besides clothing) what would it be?
- What makes you really angry?
- What is your spirit animal?
- What would be the title of your memoir?
- What’s your guilty pleasure?
- What would your theme song be if you had your own show?
- What bores you?
- What would you do if you were home alone and the power went out?
- What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
- If your plane was going down, who would you call?
- What would your rock band group be called?
Conversation Starters At A Bar Ice-Breakers
Whether you’re trying to meet a new friend or special someone, these conversation starters are a great way to break the ice! If you’re new to the area, they’ll also help you learn more about all the best spots to visit.
- What drink do you suggest I get?
- How do you get to X place from here?
- Where is a good place to get food around here?
- I’m NAME, what’s your name?
- Are you having a good time?
- Batman or Superman, who would win?
- This song is so overplayed, I’d rather hear X. How about you?
- What’s the worst thing one can say on a first date?
- What made you laugh this week?
- Are you having a good evening?
- What do you think of this place?
See, striking up a conversation wasn’t so hard, was it? Whether you’re trying to meet someone new or just learn more about an old friend, asking out-of-the-box questions is a great way to break the ice and find out something new!