15 Tips for Your Next Dinner Party
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15 Tips for Your Next Dinner Party

15 Tips for Your Next Dinner Party

The lack of opportunities to meet people has got me into thinking about how to better connect—even digitally—to those around us. I read The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker and was inspired by how she crafted moments from a casual lunch to a large conference room.  Here are some of the questions she asks when hosting a dinner party. I'll most certainly keep them close with hopes to employ them at digital—and maybe in-person—events this year.

  1. Go around the room and introduce yourself; say something about a single piece of culture that moved you in the past year
  2. Tell people they have one job before dinner — and that’s to make 2 new friends
  3. Assign roles like wine-minister and water-master
  4. Have everyone serve others before and don’t let people serve themselves
  5. Have attendees send in 2 photographs of happy moments they’ve had in the past year—post them for people to see
  6. Tell everyone to share an experience over an idea
  7. Ask someone about a decision they made, not what happened to them
  8. Ask for a story or moment in their life that changed the way they view the world, one that nobody in the room knows
  9. Ask how has their background limited or favored you
  10. Ask how have they changed over the years
  11. Ask what parts of their life have been a waste of time
  12. Ask what have they rebelled against in the past and what are you rebelling against now
  13. Ask what are the limits of their compassion

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