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How Do I Break the Ice Between Guests at a Supper Club?

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Coryanne Ettienne talks fun games and strategies to get guests talking

Coryanne Ettiene is a kitchen living and entertaining expert who appears frequently on-air, in print, and across multiple social media channels sharing her love of kitchen living and entertaining in style. Each week Coryanne answers questions from The Daily Meal’s readers on the dilemmas they face while entertaining at home and celebrating the holidays, offering tips for being a confident and modern host.

Have a question you want Coryanne to answer? Reach out on Facebook and Twitter, or drop us an email, and check back every week for new tips and advice.

Question: "I am hosting my first supper club with people in my building, and most of my guests do not know each other. Do you have any tips on getting the conversations going without having to break out embarrassing party games?"

Coryanne: Successful seating arrangements always make for great conversation. Consider spacing out the people who know each other to ensure that everyone is engaged in conversation, and try to place more talkative guests in the middle of the table to help keep the conversation going throughout the meal. Place cards are essential when hosting a dinner where very few people know each other, and taking the time to write the name on both the back and the front of the card ensures that no one encounters that awkward moment of forgetting someone’s name. Using place cards also allows you to place a trivia question or open-ended question like "Which local restaurant has the best brunch menu?" on the inside of the fold, which gives your guests a subtle opportunity to rekindle the conversation.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


What’s Your Very Best Ice Breaker?

There is always that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party — the one that happens right after you’ve all found drinks and are now standing in loose clusters smiling tentatively at one another. Eventually, some brave soul will clear their throat and break the ice. And often, that’s all you need. With that first ice breaker, the conversation is off and running! Are you a brave soul at dinner parties? What’s your very best ice breaker?

I always fallen back on the tried and true, “So what do you do?” when it comes to breaking the ice. I live in Silicon Valley — an area where it’s a pretty safe bet that this question will illicit some amazing responses! Work tends to be a safe bet, too. It’s not so personal that it feels like prying, and it can be a good segue into other topics of conversation.

This said, I was at a recent party where one of the other guests mentioned that the question of “What do you do?” hardly ever comes up when she and her Swiss husband go back to Switzerland for a visit. This observation led to a very interesting and ice-breaking conversation on its own! It also got me thinking about other kinds of ice breakers and how effective they are at getting people engaged in conversation.

I love a fantastic joke to break the ice, but I think they can be tricky unless you’re very confident in your joke-telling skills. I have one friend who can pull this off and always seems to have a new joke or crazy story to tell at every party. I admire his talent at making everyone crack up and relax.

I have also started adopting The Dinner Party podcast’s approach of always having an interesting story from the news to share. Starting a conversation with, “Oh, did you hear about…” and then launching into a description of the story feels like a safe way of kickstarting conversation without it feeling forced.

How do you go about breaking the ice at a dinner party? Any tricks or favorite conversation starters to share?

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


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