It is fun to shake up your dinner conversation a bit and get off the usual topics of the weather, the agenda for the weekend, things that need to get done, how work went today, etc., and focus on some new subjects.
These questions get the conversation going in an entirely new direction and often results in some insight and a lot of laughs.
If you could live anywhere for a year, where would that be?
What is one of your favorite meals you have ever eaten?
Describe yourself in three words.
What talent do you wish you were really good at?
What did you wear during your high school years that you thought was super cool?
What was one of your favorite toys as a kid?
If you could pick another career, what would it be?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
If you had to eat a fast food meal, which one would you choose?
If a theme song played when you walked into a room, what would it be?
What phobia do you have?
If you could be on the cover of a magazine, which one would you choose?
It is also fun to plan this ahead and have both of you write down a few questions prior to dinner. Don’t show each other or discuss ahead of time. It is so much more exciting to show up for dinner with a list of interesting and fun questions to engage each other in.
These questions can also be fun if you are throwing a dinner party. The best way to organize it is by putting the questions on individual papers, folding the papers, and putting them in a small bowl. Pass the bowl around the table, stopping at the first guest. Let the person pick a paper and read it aloud. Go around the table, letting everyone, including the reader, answer the question. Once you get around the table, pass the bowl to the next person, and begin again. This is a great way to get everyone talking and sharing exciting stories. It also gives everyone a chance to get to know each other a little bit better.
As I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, I realized it had been a very long time since I had done this. So, the following Friday night while we were out, I asked a few of the questions above to my husband. I have to say, we truly enjoyed it and decided in the next couple of weeks we will do it again, but this time, planning in advance so my husband can come prepared with some questions of his own.