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  • Writer's pictureMary Brunski, RICP©️BFA™️

Table Talk


The holidays are coming and, for many of us, so are the relatives … people we love but don’t often see. We have much in common because we come from the same family tree, but how much do we really know about each other? Sometimes after the first, “Hello, how are you?” and “How’s the family?” we run out of conversation. Then there we are at the dinner table, sitting in silence or making meaningless small talk. And since politics and religion are off the table, so to speak, here are some better conversation starters that may help you and your tablemates.


  • What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done lately?

  • What is something people are really surprised to learn about you?

  • If you had an unlimited budget, what would you do and where would you go?

  • If you were the host of a talk show, who would be your first guest?

  • If you could only eat one of the foods on the table, what would it be?

  • What’s your favorite holiday/sport/book/TV show/movie?

  • What’s the funniest movie ever made?

  • What’s your strangest hidden talent?


These are only starters, of course, but you get the idea. Preparation is key, so start planning. This could be one of your most fun holiday dinners ever … and your relatives of all ages will thank you for it!




Author: Pamela Royle, 2022


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