Conversation Starters for the Dinner Table

Posted by Nathan Moe on 11/12/2018

In this day and age, it can be very difficult to have consistent family times around the dinner table. Busy schedules, cell phones, and TV, provide distractions that threaten to steal from valuable family bonding during meal times, especially as children get older.

Family eating dinner together

It can equally be tricky, when the family is gathered around the table, to know how to strike up conversation. Awkward pauses or silences can sometimes create an uncomfortable air, which may even cause the kids to dread those family dinner times. Use the list below to help you get the conversation rolling!

Here are a few ideas for some conversation starters

  • What are your dreams or goals in your life?
  • If you could share a meal with any famous person (dead or alive), who would it be?
  • What is your favorite TV show at the moment?
  • What injustice in the world would you like to right?
  • What is your favorite musical artist or band at the moment?
  • What is your favorite Bible character and why?
  • What is one of your favorite memories in your life, so far?
  • What would be your dream car to own?
  • If you could visit any city, where would you go?
  • If you could visit any country, where would you go?
  • What is your favorite animal? Why?
  • What is your favorite type of food?
  • If you could become fluent in any language, which would it be?
  • If you could learn any musical instrument, which would it be?
  • If you could act alongside any famous actor or actress, who would it be?
  • What invention should be created?
  • What is your favorite sports team?
  • What is your favorite type of sport?

Closeup of family dishing out food around the table

Using these prompts and ice-breakers, many conversations will flow from the table. The more habitual these meals and conversations become, the more natural they will feel. Continue to encourage fellowship and openness in your family, especially around the dinner table.


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