Dinner Table Conversation Starters

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Dinner is the perfect time to connect with your family, but it’s not always easy to find something the whole family can talk about together. Perhaps these scenarios sound familiar:

  • Your youngest family members act silly (or even rude) to get attention
  • Your middle schoolers give one-word answers to your questions
  • Your older children are either focused on their technology or scarfing down dinner as quickly as possible to move on to the next thing
  • Your children are grown and flown and you look at your spouse lovingly but really can’t think of much to talk about

How about some dinner table conversation starters to help engage everyone and make dinnertime family bonding time? You may be amused or surprised to see the kinds of conversations these questions lead to!

And don’t be discouraged if you get some eye rolls from your kids when you suggest using these. Once they get over the hump and answer the first question (everyone likes to talk about themselves, right?), they’re likely to get on board.  Who knows what you may learn about one another??

All you need to do is click on the link below, print, cut out the cards, place them in a jar, and get started!

Printable Dinner Table Conversation Starters



  • What a great thing to share! I encountered this recently at a local restaurant and thought how fun it would be at home. Thank you!

    • — Cathy A. on October 3, 2019
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  • Oh my goodness, Thank You!

    • — Cindy N. on September 18, 2019
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  • Absolutely love this, Jenn! My family has a “game” called FuelBox with similar questions in several categories that we really like, and it never fails to start good conversations.

    • — Elise on September 15, 2019
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  • LOVE this idea!

    • — debbie on September 13, 2019
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  • This is awesome, thank you for sharing.

    • — Peggy Ojeda on September 12, 2019
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  • This is such a great idea. Thanks for the idea.

    • — Susan on September 12, 2019
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  • What a great idea. And I’m sure each family, with it’s unique likes/dislikes/activities/beliefs, will come up with even more questions.

    • — Colleen on September 12, 2019
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  • Love love love this idea. We usually do “highs and lows” of the day around the dinner table. Glad you brought this idea into the beautiful art of doing life, doing dinner as a family, and preparing yummy meals.
    Thank you!

    • — Melissa on September 12, 2019
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  • Such a great idea! Young people need to practice their conversational skills after spending so much time on their phones, and adults who have screens on the job need some relief!!

    • — Margaret on September 12, 2019
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  • Oh, the art of conversation! I’m glad to see a few people still think that it’s important. Jen this is such a fun way to get a family to communicate and to get the kids and even the adults to put the technology down for a bit. You’re brilliant 😊

    • — Debbie Chiet on September 12, 2019
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  • These are fun conversation starters for any dinner occasion, both for young and old!

    • — SandraH on September 12, 2019
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  • What a wonderful idea. My small group has decided to not have a study this year but to just act as support and listen to each other. Everyone is so involved with electronic devices that we don’t talk face to face and share ideas much. We will meet for lunch and were thinking of using something like this to get the conversation going. It’s perfect!

    • — Karla Keiser on September 12, 2019
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    • Hi Jenn.

      Thank you so much for supplying these! What a fantastic idea. I so appreciate your time you put into your blog and the recipes/ideas you supply us all with.

      • — Nancy on September 13, 2019
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      • 💗

        • — Jenn on September 13, 2019
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  • Jen! LOVE this!!! Thank you. Already downloaded and looking forward to using at our next team lunch at work and looking forward to learning new things about my co-workers!

    • — Smokes+Buck on September 12, 2019
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  • I love this! When I was growing up (mid 80’s) we actually had a pack of cards with different conversation topics on them – it was my dad’s idea to help our “blended” family connect. It was cute!

    • — sally on September 12, 2019
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