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Add Depth to Your Dinner Party

Posted on November 15th, 2010

Monday Morsel

sometimes random.
sometimes deep.
just a little something
to begin your week.


One of my favorite ways to spend an evening is sitting around the table savoring dinner and enjoying meaningful conversation. Lucky for me, Jared and I did just that this past weekend. On Saturday night we hosted some great friends for dinner. One of our goals was to get to know them better, and so Jared and I brainstormed some informal ice-breakers before they arrived. We recalled a get-to-know-you activity that we enjoyed in our couple’s small group when we were newlyweds. It was such a fantastic tool for building community and fostering vulnerability in our small group that Jared and I decided it would be great fit for our dinner party as well.

Here is how it works:

There are three rounds of questions. Each round encompasses a different season of your life. We chose early high school years, college years, and present day.

There are four questions in each round:

What was your favorite TV show?
What was your typical family meal time? (On Saturday we tweaked it to ask your family holiday traditions.)
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What were your thoughts on God?

We laughed as we reminisced about Saved By The Bell, The Cosby Show, and Full House, reflected as we discussed the evolution of our career goals, and pondered how our views of and relationships with God had changed over time. It was a rich evening of conversation and friendship as we learned more about each others’ life stories. If you’re looking for ways to encourage vulnerable and entertaining conversation, look no further.

Do you have any get-to-know-you activities you recommend?

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