Unless everyone at an event knows each other as close friends do, awkwardness can be an issue. However, you can easily avoid this if your guests feel comfortable around each other. You'll need a good ice breaker to cut through any awkwardness. It also sets a fun atmosphere that will put your guests at ease. Here are the qualities of an effective icebreaker:
It's unique. Introduce fresh activities to a crowd to make them intrigued and eager to participate.
It's easy to do. A complicated set-up takes up a lot of time and can discourage your guests from playing along.
It fits a variety of personalities. Every crowd is diverse, so an ice breaker has to be applicable for a variety of personalities.
Here's a list of seven clever ice breakers that will surely make your next event exciting!
Get everyone a card and have them write down their hidden talent. Place all the cards in a container. Let everyone pick a card by random making sure that no one gets their own. They then have to find out who owns the card they hold and use their hidden talents as a conversation starter. You can even have them perform their hidden talents if they’re up for it!
Have a big bowl of small candy pieces (like gummy bears) around the crowd and tell them they can take as many as they want. But they can't eat it just yet. Everyone should have at least one piece. Then, depending on the number of candies they have, tell them to share that many facts about themselves.
For this activity, you'll need an inflatable or cardboard cube. Write a question on each side of the cube. Have guests take turns tossing the cube and answering the question that it lands on. Make sure to ask humorous questions for a whole lot of laughs.
Get each guest to write down a question on a piece of paper as they enter the room. Have them fold it into an airplane and launch these in random directions simultaneously. Each guest must pick up a paper airplane, find out who wrote the question, and give them the answer.
Randomly distribute a playing card for each guest that arrives. You can use multiple decks if needed. Have them group each other according to the suit of their cards and discuss a funny topic.
Assign a partner for each guest based on one thing they have in common. The guests then have to look for each other and find out why they were paired together.
For this activity, you'll need a lock and key for every pair of guests at the event. Distribute these making sure that each one in a pair doesn't know each other. Have everyone find their matching lock or key and ask a question about each other.