We're big fans of playing games at home. Table Topics is a "game" of sorts to use to get conversation rolling at dinner parties...
We've never tried these out at a dinner, as conversation generally rolls pretty well on its own. The cards present compelling questions to get folks talking. Then, hopefully, the conversations take on their own life from there. Here's how Table Topics came about:
In December 2002, Cristy Clarke was on her way to a Christmas cocktail party, complaining loudly to her husband that she just couldn't face another evening of small talk that went nowhere. By morning she was writing intriguing questions to test on her three daughters at dinner that night.
Available at Loft Party for $25 a set. There are several different sets available to fit your tastes: family, bookclub, couples, travel.