advertisement

advertisement

No Thanks
Let
Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Conversation Starters and Stoppers

Blueprint, Volume 1 2006

An awkward pause can open like a sinkhole in the middle of party patter, sending you and your conversation partner scrambling for safety. Here are some suggestions next time you need help reaching for the right words.

Start With
-Say something nice: "What a beautiful necklace you're wearing!"

-Compliment the host: "Jane always makes the best crab cakes."

-Discuss something everyone can agree on (the weather, the traffic).

Stop With
-Say something nosy: "How much did you pay for that necklace?"

-Cut down the host: "It's so like Jane to use fake crab in the 'crab' cakes."

-Dispute something no one ever agrees on (God, Al Gore).

Comments (1)

  • want2decor 3 Feb, 2009

    I know those comments can either break you or make you at a party. I know first hand.