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100 Terrific Family Dinner Conversation Starters

Family dinner is sadly becoming a thing of the past. Don't waste that precious time you have together! Here are some ideas to get everyone engaged in conversation and learning about each other...

It’s a bit ironic, but even though we live in what is often described as the most-connected time in history, we are sadly disconnected to those we spend the most time with. Additionally, in this rushed and stressed society we live in, we’re often way too busy with appointments and meetings and classes and…to enjoy a nice, relaxed meal together.

So for those times that you DO get to sit down as a family or with friends, and it may be a tad uncomfortable because it’s been way too long…try a few of these questions to get the convo started.

Or use it as a “wrap up” after the meal, to keep everyone sitting around, sharing and engaged, just a wee bit longer.

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Here are 50 nuggets to get you started…

    1. Describe your dream vacation.
    2. What would you buy with $100?
    3. What is your dream job? (alternately) When you were a kid, what was your dream job?
    4. Who is your favorite relative, and why?
    5. Who do you see as a role model for you?
    6. Describe something funny that happened today/recently.
    7. What do you like to do in your spare time?
    8. What is/was the subject you disliked most in school?
    9. Choose someone at the table and say something nice about them.
    10. What is something you did recently that you wish you could do differently? Explain.
    11. What do you like to do in your spare time?
    12. What was the quality you admire/d most in your favorite teacher?
    13. What was/is your favorite subject in school?
    14. What would you buy with $10,000?
    15. Describe something sad that happened today/recently.
    16. What was your favorite family vacation/trip?
    17. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
    18. Describe something interesting that happened today/recently.
    19. What would you buy with $1,000,000?
    20. What is your favorite story in the Bible?
    21. What’s your best Christmas memory?
    22. Tell us about your favorite movie?
    23. What is the best gift you ever received?
    24. What is the worst gift you ever received?
    25. What’s your favorite food?
    26. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
    27. How would/do you raise your children different than the way you were raised?
    28. How’d you get started in your favorite hobby?
    29. What’s your favorite dessert?
    30. What’s the last thing you dreamed about?
    31. If you could live in another time period, when would that be?
    32. What’s the best gift you’ve ever given to someone?
    33. What is the last book you read? What was it about? What did you think about it?
    34. If you could meet a famous celebrity, who would it be?
    35. Do you think it’s a good idea to follow your heart? Why or why not?
    36. What characteristics make a good leader?
    37. What’s the first memory you have as a child?
    38. What’s your biggest fear?
    39. What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?
    40. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
    41. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
    42. What qualities do you look for in a friend?
    43. Describe the craziest/funniest thing you’ve ever done.
    44. Do you prefer to study with music on or in silence?
    45. Do you prefer to work/write/do homework at a desk or on the couch?
    46. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? How ’bout 10?
    47. If given the opportunity, what hobby/skill/subject to you want to learn?
    48. Compare yourself to a character in a book or movie.
    49. What’s your favorite room in your house?
    50. What type of exercise do you most enjoy?

And 50 more dinner conversation starters!

Keep the conversation going around the table with these awesome Family Dinner Conversation Starters!

Keep reading to the end, where we offer a way to get these questions in a practical format you can use.

    1. What does your family depend on you for?
    2. Are you a morning person or night owl?
    3. What 2 people from history would you like to talk to? What would be your first question?
    4. Finish this sentence: A little-known piece of trivia about me is…
    5. If you could learn one thing about your future, what would it be?
    6. How would you rate the last movie you’ve seen?
    7. Sweet or salty?
    8. What are two habits you have?
    9. What’s the title/subject of the last book you read?
    10. What do you daydream about?
    11. How would you describe your family?
    12. What are some things you’d like to accomplish before you die?
    13. What do you like about yourself?
    14. If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?
    15. Who is the kindest person you know?
    16. Who is the funniest person you know?
    17. What 3 adjectives best describe you?
    18. If you were an animal, what would it be?
    19. Who is your oldest friend? How did you meet them?
    20. What’s the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
    21. When is the last time you hurt someone’s feelings and how did you react?
    22. What’s something that makes you angry?
    23. What’s the best compliment you ever received?
    24. Describe the perfect weekend.
    25. Think about someone specific you know who’s going through a hard time – what can you do to help them?
    26. When was the last time you felt misunderstood?
    27. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
    28. Have you ever been confused with someone else? Anybody famous?
    29. What’s your favorite season, and why?
    30. Do you have a scar on your body? Are you up for sharing the story behind it?
    31. If you ever thought about getting a tattoo (or if you have one!), what would it be?
    32. What’s the longest time you ever went without sleep?
    33. Do you know your personality type?
    34. What makes you nervous?
    35. Have you ever been in trouble with the law? What happened?
    36. What are one or two of your “pet peeves”?
    37. Do you like your name? What other name would you have chosen for yourself?
    38. If you could be any other age right now, what would it be?
    39. Is there a story or meaning behind your name?
    40. You get 3 wishes – what are they? (And no wishing for more wishes!)
    41. What do you do when you’re stressed out?
    42. What is something popular today that annoys you?
    43. New Year’s resolutions or not?
    44. If you were to open your own business, what would it be?
    45. If you were an animal, what would it be?
    46. What is the strangest dream you ever had?
    47. What’s the largest group of people you’ve ever had to speak in front of? How did it go?
    48. How do you act when you’re in a situation with a lot of new people?
    49. Beach or mountains?
    50. What was the happiest moment of your life?

And if you’re looking for even more conversation starters…

The first time I ever saw cards like these were at my daughter-in-law’s parents’ home (did you follow that?). It was so much fun sitting around the table taking turns answering questions. Then, a few years later I met the author of  131 Creative Conversations online. He and his wife run a wonderful blog over at CoffeeShopConversations. His book is a must-read if you’re serious about growing closer to the family around the dinner table!


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Sometimes the best way to start a conversation is unintentionally…

Our family loves game nights, and we’ll often clear the table after Sunday supper with Grammie and pull out one of these. Soon enough, conversation and laughter are flowing! If you’ve never tried it – what’s stopping you?! These are some of our favs…


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Looks like we have both quality and quantity here. Now you have no excuse not to have a vibrant and exciting dinner table that just draws people in and draws out the best in them, too!

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4 Responses to 100 Terrific Family Dinner Conversation Starters

  1. Amy November 25, 2016 at 12:07 am #

    Fantastic list! We love using these types of questions during family meals to spark conversation. Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Sara M. November 24, 2016 at 1:51 am #

    Thanks for the great conversation starter ideas. I was wanting to find something like this to use with my family.

  3. Sue Donaldson November 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    great list – I posted it on fb – but our family needs a referee more than a list – haha
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    • Pat November 22, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

      Touche! Yes, I must admit that that is often the case with us, too! But nevertheless… 😉
      Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving holiday, Sue!

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