Sharing a meal together can be a beautiful moment of connection. Sometimes the conversation can hit a bit of a lull. You don't wanna hijack the whole night with some massive, complicated game or activity, but adding a little spice to the dinner table can be just the thing to get the energy flowing again. The right activity can inject just the right amount of fun and excitement into the evening without taking over the whole show.
Prompt + Feeling
Fill two bowls with prompts (Ex. a time you fell in love) and emotion (dramatic, exciting, sad, dramatic, vindicative, hopeful). One by one, each person draws a prompt from each bowl as well as a feeiling. Based on that inspiration, they share a story. Ex. the prompt 'a time you fell in love' and 'hopeful' might inspire a wistful love story from someone's youth.
Before the party, write down a series of conversation starters on small pieces of paper and put them in a bowl. During dinner, pass the bowl around and have each person draw a question and answer it.
Each person shares something they are grateful for. You can add a time frame to the question, for instance from the past day, the past week, the past month or the past year.
Which ingredient are you
Everyone shares an ingredient on the table that represents something important in their life at this moment.
One person shares a story. The next person shares a story that is inspired by what the first story brought up.
Offer a question that sparks energy and interest from your guests. Ex. What would your ideal retirement be? What was one of your favourite memories from your childhood?
"The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters" by Priya Parker. This book offers insights and strategies for creating meaningful gatherings, including dinner parties, with ideas for activities and exercises that can help foster connection and engagement.
"The Book of Games for Parties and Holidays" by Elizabeth B. Pearce. This book offers a wide variety of party games and activities, including those that can be played during dinner parties, with ideas for group activities and icebreakers that can help get the conversation flowing.
"The Ultimate Dinner Party Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Hosting a Successful Dinner Party" by Martha Stone. This cookbook offers recipes and menu ideas for hosting a dinner party, with tips on planning and executing the event, as well as suggestions for activities and games to keep guests engaged and entertained.