The Thanksgiving holiday often brings together family and friends that we haven’t seen in a while.
While some loved ones are easy to talk to, other conversations may not be so natural. Bringing up politics, religion, work or relationships can make things awkward quickly. And (believe it or not), not everyone wants to talk about the football game.
Make the most of your time together with these unique Thanksgiving dinner conversation starters.
5 Unique Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation Starters
1. Thanksgiving Memories
Some of the best memories in our lives might have happened during the Thanksgiving holiday. Before dinner begins, try going around the table and asking everyone to share a favorite Thanksgiving memory. Chances are it will lead to a lot of laughs and fond emotions, easing everyone’s tensions at the table.
2. What Are You Most Thankful For?
An easy Thanksgiving dinner topic is having everyone share what they are thankful for this year. It’s a great way to kick off dinner or potentially fill awkward silences! Challenge each loved one to come up with something unique and specific to make the conversation more exciting.
3. Share Leftover Food Ideas
What are you going to do with all the leftover food? Ask around the table to see how different friends and family members consume their leftover goodness. If you anticipate the answer will mostly be soups or sandwiches, come prepared with a few recipes to hand out. Paul Hollywood, of Great British Bake Off fame, shares a leftover pie recipe that is to die for. Or bust out that waffle iron and try a leftover stuffing waffle.
4. What Are You Looking Forward to in the New Year?
We may not get to see our loved ones again before the New Year arrives, so it would be nice to share things we are looking forward to and are hopeful for in the upcoming year. If someone has a big birthday coming up, try asking follow-up questions like if they have any special plans. Ask and see if anyone is planning on taking a fun vacation or learning something new.
Everyone’s different responses may inspire you to achieve something you hadn’t thought of before!
5. Television, Movie, Podcast and Book Recommendations
In the age of instant downloads and accessible streaming, chances are everyone at Thanksgiving dinner has a favorite, binge-worthy TV show, movie, podcast or book recommendation. Go around the table and ask everyone to share their recommendations and why.
*Pro-tip: Designate someone to write down all of the suggestions that are shared, and once the holiday is over, send out an email reminding everyone of what was recommended. That way, a year from now when your cousin asks you your thoughts on the ending of that controversial show, you’ll be prepared!
Bonus Topic: Indoor Plants
If you are a host spicing up your Thanksgiving atmosphere or a guest wanting to show your appreciation, indoor plants make great decorations in any home. The bright colors of orchids and anthuriums and the unique look of money tree plants can become immediate conversation starters.
Include these indoor plants as centerpieces for the Thanksgiving dinner table or make them the star of the show in other rooms of the home. No matter where they are, guests will be sure to compliment their beauty!
Shop our indoor plant selection before the holiday arrives!