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fun dinner box

19 May

so i had this idea

the other day to put together a fun dinner party box.  this would be a box that you bring out when you’re having a dinner party.  duh.  because here is the thing.  you can have a fun dinner party where you sit around, clink glasses, oooh and ahhh about the food, get caught up on pleasantries and all that.  and that is fun.  not saying it isn’t.

OR you can have a memorable dinner party.  here are some things i’ve learned about doing that:

1. friend kat glass had a fun memorable dinner party and the one thing she did was buy a sheet of brown craft paper (i think at home depot?) and lay it across the dinner table and put crayons in glasses out.  just like at restaurants.  i remember ROF and alex harland drawing adult pictures around their dinner plates.  it made for a fun something different.

2. at my mom’s 70th birthday weekend, we had some really fun times with wax lips and mustaches.  even my aunt and uncle and friends all got into the fun.  strange how a small purchase can turn into fits of giggles.  the candy smokes add to the action as well!  

3. i read a tweet that talked about breaking out a box of removable, cool tattoos transformed a regular dinner party into a memorable dinner party.

4. my standby for years has been table topic question cards.

i’ve used these a million different ways.  from sliding a card under a dinner plate as post-dinner discussions to just plopping the box down on a table and everyone taking turns asking and answering.

i found this creative idea here:


The secret message  This is an excellent ice breaker between guests that don’t know each other well. Write a different sentence on pieces of paper you slip under each person’s plate. Off-beat examples like ‘I recently ate a wheel of cheese’ or ‘I’m genuinely worried by turtles’ should keep relative strangers guessing. When your guests arrive, get them to secretly read their phrase. At some point in the evening they have to get their comment into conversation and pass it off as fact. Over coffee have everyone guess which phrase they think was phoney. 

what other ideas/thoughts can be put in the box?

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