Conversation starters are a great way to keep family members and guests entertained before during and or after your meal. These printable cards give you non-controversial conversation topics and things to talk about. There is no wrong answer, just interesting topics that lead to meaningful conversations. who knows what all you will learn about each other – you may find you have a new best friend!

Your guest will also have fun testing their knowledge with this printable Thanksgiving Trivia game.

Conversation Starters printable cards laying on a table
Thanksgiving Conversation Starters

Conversation Starters

There are 30 questions to start a conversation that are easy and fun to answer. Some might make you think a little bit harder. My favorite question that I cannot wait to ask is “If you had intro music, what would it be and why?” Have fun with the questions! 

These conversation questions are the perfect way to get to know your guest just a bit better! Plus you won’t need to ever worry about how to start a conversation!

They are especially great for teenagers who might be just learning how to start a conversation at a social event. It’s a great way to build communication skills at a personal level or as a fun professional development activity. Conversation skills are important for everyone – introverted or not!

How to Use Conversation Starters

Place a question at each person’s plate, or have your guests pull out a question from a small decorative jar. If you have the questions at each plate, you may find the game has begun before everyone is seated. If not, the best thing to do is lead your guests through the ground rules:

  1. Note to the host: if you can, a good idea is to try a seating chart pairing off extroverts with introverts.
  2. Pair off with a conversation partner.
  3. A good conversation starter always begins with a great question. The first thing for one person from each pair to do is read their question, then their partner will answer. This may lead to a deeper conversation and off they go. If the spark doesn’t catch with the first one, then the other person should ask their question.
  4. Encourage your guests to use follow-up questions, or make up some of their own. Give them some guidelines and suggestions such as:
  5. Use open-ended questions
  6. Some of the best conversation starters help you learn more about them, like their favorite song, favorite food, what is their dream job or what do they like to do in their free time. You might simply ask them what is their favorite subject to talk about!
  7. The most important thing to remember is this isn’t a test – have a good time! Listen to their answer and respond naturally.
  8. When it’s your turn, do your best to provide an interesting answer.

Where Can I Use Conversation Starters?

These are great for all kinds of occasions, including road trips and industry events. There are so many different ways to use them and before you know it you may have a new friend.

List of Conversation Starters

  • What is the most beautiful place you have been?
  • What is your favorite season? Why?
  • If you had to change your name, what would your new name be?
  • What is something that really annoys you?
  • What is your biggest fear? Why?
  • What is the best gift you have ever been given?
  • If you opened a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?
  • What is your favorite holiday? Why?
  • If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
  • What was the last book you read?
  • Describe yourself in two words.
  • How much time do you spend on the internet? What do you usually do?
  • What is your favorite dessert?
  • What is one goal you have for the year?
  • Would you rather go back in time or go to the future?
  • Would you rather go to the beach or the mountains?
  • If you could invent something, what would it be?
  • What is one of the most important things you’ve learned?
  • What is one thing you can’t leave home without?
  • What is one thing that you are really good at?
  • What is the best vacation you have ever been on?
  • What is your favorite thing to do to relax?
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • Would you rather live in a house, on a boat, or in space?
  • Would you rather stay up late or go to bed early?
  • What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
  • If you had intro music, what song would it be? Why?
  • What word or saying from the past do you think should come back?
  • What is the best room in your house? Why?
  • What is a TV series you enjoy?
  • What is your favorite flavor of ice cream
  • If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
  • What is your favorite TV Show or favorite movie?
  • Do you have something you would consider a guilty pleasure?
  • What is one food that you could eat every day for the rest of your life?
  • Name one thing you have on your bucket list.
  • What is your favorite sport to watch or to play?
  • What is your favorite restaurant in your home town?
  • If you could get rid of one social media platform, what would it be?
good conversation starters card on a table with pinecone and pumpkin

Sometimes it is hard coming up with things to talk about at the dinner table.  These cards take away the pressure!  You will love hearing the answers to the questions. You might even be surprised at their answers. What a great way to get to know friends and family!

Here are a few more that aren’t on the cards. Just scroll through on your phone.

  • Who do you admire most that is not a celebrity?
  • If you could have any animal as a pet what would you choose?
  • Do you keep in touch with childhood friends?
  • What is your go to joke?
  • Where is your favorite place to shop?
  • Who is your favorite actor?
  • What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?
  • What is the last concert you went to?
  • What is your least favorite food?
  • What was your first job?

How to Print

Download the Thanksgiving Conversation Starters print in color on white cards stock. Cut apart and enjoy wonderful conversations at your next dinner party or family dinner.

Megan from Short Stop Designs has designed these conversation starters just for you.  The colorful printable cards are perfect for your Thanksgiving gathering or any fall gathering. How cute!

More Good Conversation Starters

Whether you are meeting new people or having dinner with family there are more sets of questions to keep the conversation flowing at all your gatherings. Get ready for a great conversation! Don t be afraid to start a fun conversation.  It might start as small talk and then you find yourself in deep conversation. You might find a few common interests with friends and family that you didn’t know.

All these are good conversation starters for kids and adults. Hopefully, they will help everyone put down their phones (unless you have pulled up the questions on your phone lol) and start listening and learning. Small talk can take practice. These questions make it easy.

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  1. The conversation starters were a total hit with my family. We just read them off the phone.

  2. I always love doing these questions with our extended family and friends! It is so much fun to share answers and get to know each other better

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