Aka, how to bond with strangers—without the awkward silences.
Welcome to Table Ta-Da!, where our art director, Alexis Anthony, shares tips and tricks (along with a little fairy dust) to help you create a wow-worthy table, whether you're serving two people or 20. Cue the oohs and ahhs...
What kind of party guest are you? Are you comfortable striking up conversations with any and all people you've just met? Or do you prefer to wait on the sidelines, taking in a room's vibe before chit-chatting with just one new person in your vicinity?
Regardless of your socializing style, during this time of year with all of the hubbub of the holidays, you might find yourselves mingling more—with people you may know well, but also with those you're just meeting for the first time. Party icebreakers, as we know them, can be effective, but they can also be a bit hokey. When our fairy godmother Art Director Alexis Anthony told us about a fun new way to break the ice, we were all ears.
The source? Alexis learned it from her son Oliver's preschool teacher at a parents' gathering. "She had all of us sit around this big branch," Alexis explains. "There were all sorts of ribbons and things, which we tied around the different parts of the branch while we bonded over talk of our kids. It's different, but interactive and keeps your hands busy. It was actually a great way to get to know an entirely new group of people in a short amount of time."
You don't need a full-fledged craft box (or kids!) to recreate this charming icebreaker at home:
Do you have a favorite icebreaker? Share it with us below!