If you're throwing a dinner party where a lot of your guests are meeting for the first time, it can be difficult to get the entire group talking. Of course, you want everyone to feel comfortable with each other in order to avoid a quiet, awkward meal, so have your guests play a couple of these games before dinner starts to get all party attendees familiar with each other.
The classic Lie Detector game is a great way to get things going. The rules are simple: your guests take turns coming up with three statements about themselves, two of which are true and one of which is false. The rest of you vote on which one you think is a lie. This is a great way to get everyone to provide some quick and interesting information about themselves!
For something a bit more competitive, the "No Game" is an exciting way to zap some conversation into a party. Give each of your guests some kind of trinket, like a lei or a fake mustache. If they get someone else to say the word "no," that person has to give up their trinket. If you give away personalized gifts with names on them, it adds another layer as everyone can easily see who outsmarted who. As the game goes on, the things the losers will say to get the winners to utter "no" get pretty wacky!