102 Questions to Ask At a Party

Have you ever found yourself at a party, feeling alienated and wanting to hide in a corner because you can’t seem to get into the flow of things? Asking the right question can be a great way to strike up a conversation, either with one other person or with a group.

We’ve compiled a list of 102 party questions split into several categories, with each category suitable for a different type of party.

Questions to ask at a party (with people from your social circle and friends of friends)

These questions are slightly personal, thought-provoking, or both. They work for most parties where you’re hanging out with friends and friends of friends. Even if you’ve known your friends for years, their answers might surprise you. 

1. How do you know the other people here?
2. Found any new cool YouTubers/Instagram accounts lately?
3. Is it easy for you to open up to other people?
4. How old were you when you tried alcohol for the first time?
5. What’s the best thing about parties?
6. What kind of stuff did you enjoy watching on TV as a kid?
7. How was your week?
8. Have you seen [mutual friend] recently?
9. Do you still like the movies you liked as a kid?
10. Has anyone ever tried to scam you?
11. Do you have a go-to tactic to stay hydrated when drinking alcohol?
12. Are you planning to make any changes to your life in the near future?
13. Is there a practically useless item that is way out of your budget that you’d love to have anyway?
14. Do you ever feel more excited about getting the package in the mail rather than the item that’s in it?
15. Do you listen to people’s advice if you didn’t ask for it?
16. Do you often ask for advice?
17. What’s the most irreplaceable feature of your smartphone for you?
18. Did you watch anything good lately?
19. Do you like to spend time with your parents?

If you’re still unsure what to talk about, read more here on what to say at a party.

Fun questions to ask at a party

If you want to keep the atmosphere light at a party, these questions could do the trick. You’ll probably get some creative, quirky answers that kickstart some fun conversations. 

1. What celebrity would you want to party with?
2. Are there any fictional worlds you’d love to visit or live in?
3. Did you ever have a crush on a movie star?
4. Do you view pizza as a relative of bread?
5. Have you ever felt at least a little bit famous?
6. What would your superhero name be?
7. What’s your least favorite shape of pasta?
8. What’s the craziest party experience you had?
9. What was your last Halloween costume?
10. Would you rather be famous or be really good at something?
11. Did you ever get drunk, order something online, and forget all about it until it arrived?
12. Would you rather lose the ability to speak completely or only be able to speak to the ghosts of your great-grandparents?
13. If you could keep any animal as a pet, what would you pick?
14. Do you like watching bad movies?
15. Would you rather live on the Moon or on a starship orbiting the Earth?
16. If you had the power to turn invisible, what would you do with it?
17. Would you rather be the person that organized the colonization of Mars or be the first person to arrive?18. What’s your favorite inside joke that you have with your friends?
19. Would you rather stay as you are or have an enormous capability to remember every event and occurrence with 100% accuracy?
20. If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play the lead?
21. Are there any movies you laugh at but feel kinda guilty for doing so because they’re just SO stupid?
22. If you did stand-up comedy, what kind of themes would you go into? Would you have a clean act?
23. Would you rather never feel stressed out or never run out of money?
24. Do you prefer matches or lighters?
25. If you were a musical genius, would you rather write for other people and stay in the background or perform your own music on stage and tour with it?
26. Would you rather uncontrollably burst out into singing very beautiful but profane songs for 2 hours straight per day or go completely mute forever?
27. How long can you hold your breath?
28. Would you get a full-size tattoo of your mother on your chest for USD 1,000,000?
29. What kind of TV series do you like?
30. What’s your favorite snack?
31. Have you ever copied someone’s homework in school?

If you want more fun questions for other situations, check out this list of fun questions to ask.

Questions to ask at a work party

A work party can be an opportunity to build your professional relationships by discussing your company, industry, and careers in general. These work-related questions will help you get to know your coworkers better.

1. What have you been working on lately?
2. Where did you work before this company?
3.  Have you ever made any New Year’s resolutions?
4. When you’re learning something new, do you prioritize theory or practice?
5. Have you ever worked in another country?
6. When you were a kid, what kind of job did you want as an adult?
7. How do you feel around people who are more skilled than you?
8. What motivates you the most?
9. How many jobs have you had?
10. If you were offered a decent raise, would you consider moving to a new city where you didn’t know anyone?
11. What’s your focus in life right now?
12. Do you find it easy to make new connections?

Questions to ask at a dinner party

Compared with other types of social gatherings, dinner parties can be a great place for more meaningful, in-depth conversations because you are seated in the same place for a couple of hours at a time. You can use these questions to bond with other guests on a deeper level and give them a chance to open up. 

1. What do you think is the best stage of life to get married and have kids?
2. How are things at work lately?
3. Is there any fact you’d really love to learn about any famous person?
4. What’s the most important quality to have in a friend?
5. How are you with spicy food?
6. What’d be your backup option for a career?
7. How’s that project of yours coming along?
8. What would you like to do when you retire?
9. Do you make shopping lists, or do you rely on your memory?
10. Do you get excited when thinking about the future and its possibilities?
11. Have you ever tried tracking your calories?
12. Are there any trends around right now that annoy you?
13. Are there any photos of you that you’d love to see right now that you’ve deleted or destroyed in the past?
14. Where would you rather live if money wasn’t a problem and there was nothing tying you down, such as friends or family?
15. Are you concerned about the environment?
16. Did you ever have a long streak of days where you’re really happy?
17. Have you ever eaten food that you’ve planted and harvested yourself?
18. What’s your favorite decade of fashion?
19. Do you think your parents’ generation had things easier or tougher than your generation?
20. What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Questions to ask at a tea party

Here are some questions you can ask at a semi-formal party. They are positive and low-pressure conversation starters that will help you get some insight into the other guests’ personalities and lifestyles.  

1. What’s the best news you’ve gotten recently?
2. What do you appreciate about your life?
3. What kind of physical exercise do you like the most?
4. What food supplements do you take?
5. What’s your favorite season?
6. Do you remember any funny or weird quirks you had as a kid that went away once you grew up?
7. Do you remember your first paycheck?
8. If you could only eat one type of cake for the rest of your life, what type would it be?
9. Do you have a family tree?
10. Did you ever come back to a vacation spot, and it just didn’t feel the same the second time?
11. Have you ever tried meditation?
12. What’s the most exotic tea blend you’ve ever tried?
13. Do you ever go to flea markets, garage sales, or swap meets?
14. Have you ever bought anything cool at a flea market?
15. If you had your own brand of incense sticks or scented candles, what kind of aromas would you produce?
16. Do you notice the time going by faster as you get older?
17. How much water do you drink per day?
18. Have you ever read any philosophy books?
19. Do you enjoy surprises?
20. Do you remember the first song you ever fell in love with?

Viktor is a Counselor specialized in interpersonal communication and relationships. He manages SocialSelf’s scientific review board. Follow on Twitter or read more.

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