City Suppers Conversation Starters


Gather up your neighbors and prepare your cool-weather menu, because Sunday, October 16 marks the beginning of the 3rd Annual City Suppers! In partnership with Spirit & Place, the Harrison Center and City Gallery invites Indianapolis residents to participate in a community-building event, all from the comfort of your own home. Cook up a big meal, or encourage a pot-luck, and open your doors to your neighbors. Let us know about your City Supper by registering here, and send along a short blog post and a picture of the experience. We encourage posting pictures of your dinner party on social media using #SPIndy and #citysuppersindy.

Inviting your neighbors into your home to share a meal may feel daunting, but it is one of the simplest ways to strengthen your community. City Suppers of years past have fostered already-existing friendships as well as introducing and creating new ones. To help get to know your neighbors, we suggest posing the following discussion questions.

1.) If you could paint your house any color, what color would you choose? (*Great for kids.)

2.) What is your favorite thing about your house? What's your least favorite thing? (*Great for kids.)

3.) What kind of house do you want when you grow up? (*Great for kids.)

4.) Do think there is a difference between a "house" and a "home?"

5.) When you think of "home," what images come to mind? What sounds?

6.) Do you have a favorite or movie or song about "home?"

7.) How many cliches about "home" can your dinner party come up with?

8.) It's Indiana's bicentennial. Do you consider Indiana your home?

9.) Describe your childhood home.

10.) How do you make a house feel like a home?

11.) Have you ever lived in or rehabbed an older home? What was that experience like?

12.) If you moved to a new town, what is the first thing you would do to try to feel "at home?"

13.) How is home a place, a space, and/or an idea?