Dinner party ice breaker ideas & games

Updated July 20, 2017

Playing a well-chosen ice breaker game at your dinner party can relax your guests and help everyone get acquainted with one another. Dinner parties often bring together people who don't know each other very well and lighthearted ice breaker activities help bond everyone together over an evening of food and good company.

The Lie Detector game

Have each guest write down three statements about themselves: one that is true and two that are lies. Guests will take turns reading their statements as if they were all factual and the rest of the group takes a vote on which statement they believe to be true. After revealing which statement was true, the speaker can talk about why she chose to reveal that about herself. This can help relax a dinner party group and give everyone something to laugh and chat about throughout the evening.

The Press Conference game

Send one member of the dinner party outside while the rest of the group decides on what real life person or fictional character they want him to portray in the press conference. Once this has been decided, bring him back in and have the group ask questions as if he were this person at a press conference. The object is for the player to figure out who he is supposed to be while being interviewed. The questions should provide helpful hints without giving the identity away. For example, if the player is supposed to be Paul Newman, then you could ask "What was it like to work with Robert Redford?"

Lost on a Deserted Island

This is an ice breaker game that not only helps guests get to know each but also gives them an opportunity to work together as a team. Explain to your guests that they are shipwrecked on a deserted island and each person is permitted to bring one item with them to the island. It can be something practical, sentimental or silly. After each guest has revealed what they would take to the island, break them up into a couple of groups and have them work together to use the items they have in order to survive and escape the island.

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