Have you ever sat at a table with a group of people and felt the conversation at the table stall after you all got past the normal niceties? (What do you do? How many kids do you have?)
Perhaps it was a group of women that had just met. Or maybe it was a small group that stumbled without a list of discussion questions.
Whatever the situation, it can be hard to keep the conversation going once things head south.
Table Talk Questions help bridge gaps in conversation, give groups something specific to talk about, and can really get the ball rolling!
I created a list of 20 summer-themed icebreaker questions and then put together these Summer Table Talk Cards for you to use this summer.
These Summer Table Talk questions encourage women (and men) to share their favorite summer memories, which summertime treats they enjoy, dream vacation destinations, and more!
How to use Table Talk Cards:
1. Scatter them around the tables at your event – eating areas, around the buffet, dessert table, beverage station, or any place people will be gathering. Laminating the cards will keep them from becoming stained or soaked and unreadable.
2. Set them upright in a table number holder, binder clip, or in a miniature frame.
3. Place one at each place setting.
4. Put them in a sand pail (or other creative container) and have each guest draw one to answer.
5. Choose 1 or more of the questions and have everyone in the group take turns sharing their answer.
6. Partner-up your attendees and have them share their answer to the question with one another. Especially great for those questions that lend themselves to a longer answer.
7. Print them out on sticker paper and attach one to each program or handout for your women to answer.
8. Have attendees anonymously write in their answer. Gather the responses, read them aloud, and have the group guess who wrote each answer. You could make multiple copies of the same question or you could give each group member a different question. Best for smaller groups that know each other well. This would be really fun to do as a Women’s Ministry Team!
9. Place them in your purse and break them out during a dinner out.
10. Put them on a keyring and ask the questions while you wait – in line for an amusement ride, on the bus to Youth Camp, or in route to your women’s ministry retreat.
To print out the Summer Table Talk Cards click on the link below. The file is a PDF.
If you need the questions, rather than the cards, I’ve included those below too. Just click the print icon at the bottom of the post.
20 Summer Icebreaker Questions
1. What is your favorite summertime treat to eat?
2. If you could travel anywhere this summer, where would you go?
3. Do you prefer the beach or mountains? Why?
4. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
5. Share a summertime memory.
6. When you were a child, what was your favorite summertime activity?
7. I wish I could spend the summer _________________.
8. Flip-flops or sandals?
9. What’s your favorite thing to cook on the grill?
10. Do you prefer to sit in the shade or lay in the sun?
11. Name an amusement ride you thoroughly enjoy.
12. What’s your favorite picnic food?
13. What’s your favorite summertime activity?
14. It wouldn’t be summer without ___________.
15. The thing I most dislike about summer is ____________.
16. I always look forward to ______________ each summer.
17. What summer blockbuster movie can’t you wait to see (have you seen)?
18. Each summer I look forward to wearing ______________.
19. What summer trip will you never forget?
20. Share a camp (camping) memory.
I’d love to hear from you! Let’s each choose a summer icebreaker question and answer it below!
You may also want to read:
One year ago: The 4 Pillars of Women’s Ministry