140+ Dinner Conversation Starters For Couples: Great for the Family Too!

Don’t know what to talk about at dinner? These dinner conversation starters are a great way to connect with your partner! The best part is that they can be used with your whole family. Your kids can join in on the conversation!

dinner conversation starters for couples

When our first child was born, my husband and I quickly learned how much harder it was to talk to each other at dinner time.

That’s why dinner conversation starters have become such an integral part of our routine!

What are good conversation starters?

According to the American Psychological Association, conversation has the power to deepen relationships. So how do you start a good conversation that will help you deepen the relationship you have with your spouse?

Good conversation starters are questions that encourage conversation. They’re not “yes or no” questions. A good conversation starter will:

  • Help you learn something new about your spouse
  • Give you the opportunity to talk about a random topic
  • Steer you away from the typical discussions about work, the kids, and your to-do lists

Dinner conversation starters for families

It’s important to note that couples need to prioritize each other and have discussions at the dinner table, even with the kids around.

dinner conversation starters for couples

These questions are appropriate for the family dinner table. If your kids are with you, you can still ask these questions!

  1. What’s your favorite family tradition?
  2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  3. What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever had?
  4. Share your best and worst travel experiences.
  5. What’s the most interesting book you’ve read recently?
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  7. Discuss your dream home and its location.
  8. What’s your favorite family vacation memory?
  9. Share your most embarrassing moment.
  10. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
  11. What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn or master?
  12. Talk about your favorite childhood games and activities.
  13. Would you rather go on a romantic picnic or a dinner date at a fancy restaurant?
  14. Would you rather travel back in time or to the future? How far would you go?
  15. Would you rather spend a day at the beach or in the mountains?
  16. Would you rather have the ability to teleport or read minds?
  17. Would you rather have a cozy night in with a movie or go out dancing?
  18. Would you rather receive a handwritten love letter or a surprise gift?
  19. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever visited?
  20. Share your proudest achievement.
  21. If you could time travel, which era or time period would you visit?
  22. What’s the most unusual food you’ve ever tried?
  23. Discuss your favorite hobbies and interests.
  24. Share your favorite family movies or TV shows.
  25. What’s a place you’d like to volunteer at or give back to?
  26. Talk about your favorite family pet or animals you’d like to have.
  27. Share your favorite family recipes or dishes.
  28. What’s your go-to comfort food?
  29. Discuss your favorite seasons and why you love them.
  30. If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?
  31. What’s your favorite form of entertainment (music, theater, sports)?
  32. Share your childhood dreams and aspirations.
  33. Talk about your favorite family holiday or celebration.
  34. If you could switch careers, what would you do?
  35. Discuss your favorite family memories from holidays.
  36. Share your favorite family anecdotes or inside jokes.
  37. What’s the best piece of advice you’d give your younger self?
  38. Talk about your favorite family photo or album.
  39. Share your most memorable school experiences.
  40. If you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would it be?
  41. What’s your favorite board game or card game?
  42. Share your thoughts on current events and news.
  43. Would you rather be an expert in cooking or an expert in photography?
  44. Would you rather have the ability to speak all languages or be a master musician?
  45. Would you rather have a spontaneous adventure or a well-planned trip?
  46. Would you rather live in a bustling city or a peaceful countryside?
  47. Would you rather always know the truth but be unable to lie, or always have people believe your lies?
  48. Would you rather be an amazing painter or a skilled writer?
  49. Talk about your favorite family members and their qualities.
  50. If you could own any type of vehicle, what would it be?
  51. What is your favorite musical instrument?
  52. Discuss your favorite family traditions for special occasions.
  53. Share your dream job or career goals.
  54. What’s your favorite type of art or artistic style?
  55. Talk about your favorite outdoor activities and hobbies.
  56. Share your thoughts on technology and its impact on society.
  57. If you could solve one world problem, what would it be?
  58. What’s your favorite type of cuisine or restaurant?
  59. Discuss your favorite family vacations or trips.
  60. Share your thoughts on environmental conservation.
  61. Would you rather have the power of invisibility or the power of flight?
  62. Would you rather always have perfect weather on your vacations or get to travel for free?
  63. Would you rather spend a day at an amusement park or a day exploring a museum?
  64. Would you rather be an excellent singer or a fantastic dancer?
  65. Would you rather have a lifetime supply of your favorite dessert or your favorite snack?
  66. Would you rather have a home with a beautiful garden or a stunning view?
  67. Talk about your favorite childhood books or stories.
  68. If you could visit any historical event, which one would it be?
  69. Talk about your favorite family games and activities.
  70. What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned?
  71. Discuss your favorite family members’ accomplishments.
  72. Share your thoughts on personal growth and self-improvement.If you could have any job for a day, what would it be?
  73. What’s your favorite form of exercise or physical activity?
  74. Share your thoughts on your favorite quotes or sayings.
  75. What’s the most inspiring person you’ve ever met?
  76. Discuss your favorite family members’ hobbies and interests.
  77. Share your thoughts on your favorite family books.
  78. Talk about your favorite family trips and adventures.
  79. If you could witness any historical event, what would it be?
  80. Share your thoughts on the future and what it holds.
  81. If you could have any talent, what would it be?
  82. What’s your favorite form of relaxation or stress relief?
  83. Talk about your favorite achievements and milestones.
  84. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
  85. What’s the most memorable moment in your relationship?
  86. What is your dream vacation like?
  87. Talk about your favorite family recipes or dishes.
  88. If you could travel to any fictional world, where would you go?
  89. If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be?
  90. Would you rather have a magical wardrobe that always has the perfect outfit or a magical refrigerator that’s always stocked with your favorite food?
  91. Would you rather be a famous actor in a hit movie or a bestselling author?
  92. Would you rather have the ability to instantly learn any new skill or speak to animals?
  93. What foods did you like as a child that you no longer have a taste for?
  94. What is the longest road trip you’ve ever taken?
  95. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Dinner conversation starters for couples

These questions should be saved for when the kids aren’t around to give you the best chance of connecting.

dinner conversation starters for couples
  1. What is your earliest memory?
  2. As a kid, what did you like to do during road trips (read, music, etc)?
  3. What holiday did you enjoy the most as a child? Is it still the same?
  4. What foods did you hate as a child that you like now?
  5. What’s 1 thing your parents did that helped shape who you are now?
  6. Name 5 things you’re grateful for about your childhood. Name 5 things you’re grateful for about your childhood.
  7. Were you an adventurous child or a cautious one?
  8. What kind of teenager were you?
  9. What was your best subject in high school? Was it also your favorite?
  10. What was your least favorite subject in high school?
  11. When did you get your first cell phone?
  12. Describe your first car.
  13. What was your biggest struggle as a teenager?
  14. What extra curricular activities did you do in high school?
  15. If you could go back in time, what would you do differently in your teenage years?
  16. What advice would you give your teenage self?
  17. Do you ever wish you had chosen a different career path?
  18. What is your favorite chore to do at home?
  19. If you had more time, what new hobby would you like to take up?
  20. Would you rather have a guaranteed 8 hours of sleep every night or someone to clean your house every day?
  21. Name 3 things you are grateful for about your day.
  22. What would you do with an entire day to yourself (no responsibilities)?
  23. What do you see our lives like after retirement?
  24. Do you think we’re saving enough for the future we want?
  25. Would you ever like to renew our wedding vows?
  26. What is your biggest insecurity?
  27. What annoys you the most?
  28. Do you agree that you shouldn’t “go to bed angry”?
  29. How can I communicate better with you?
  30. What am I better at: communicating or listening?
  31. What is your worst quality?
  32. Am I romantic enough?
  33. What is your best quality?
  34. If you could change 1 thing about your personality, what would it be?
  35. What is the best thing about our marriage?
  36. What do we do really well together?
  37. What are your indulgences?
  38. Would you classify your indulgences as healthy or unhealthy?
  39. What’s something I do that makes you feel appreciated?
  40. How can I make you more of a priority?
  41. How can I make you feel more appreciated?
  42. How can we be a better team?
  43. How can we improve our conflict resolution?
  44. Do we need to include more faith/sprirituality in our marriage?
  45. Do we need to work on our emotional intimacy?
  46. What is your biggest weakness?
  47. How can I better support you?
  48. Do I listen to you well?

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About the Author

Melissa is a wife of 8 years and mother to 2 young kiddos. She has a passion for helping couples prioritize and strengthen their marriage after having kids. She knows firsthand how difficult it can be to connect with your spouse when you have little people running around, demanding all of your attention.

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