The countdown is on. If you find yourself single (and ready to mingle) this New Year’s, try breaking the ice with 2012-centric conversation starters.
Things to chat about in 2012:
The Year of the Dragon
January 23rd ushers in the year of the dragon. Instead of the “I’m a Leo” line, try, “I was born in the year of the pig.” Chat about how much (or how little) you know about the Chinese zodiac then make plans for dinner in Chinatown.
Conversation starter: “I think I should celebrate two New Year’s this year. Wanna join me for Chinese on the 23rd?”
Date or dinner-party idea: Hold your own Chinese New Year party in 2012, complete with fun culinary experimentation. Invite your date to come early and cook with you as you prep for other guests — unless you’d prefer a party for two.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
The royals have been quite the hot topic ever since Kate donned that gorgeous Sarah Burton gown and made the Windsor family relevant again.
February 6th of 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. Queen Victoria is the only other monarch to achieve the milestone. Some Commonwealth countries will be holding official ceremonies and celebrations throughout February.
Conversation starter: “Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 60 years. If you could hold just one title or job position for six decades, what would it be?”
Date or dinner-party idea: Celebrate with scones, tea and a screening of The Queen.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games
The Games are in London — keeping with our British-in-2012 theme — for a record-setting third time. The Olympics are easy to chat about, and easy to plan dates around. They also put people in a nostalgic mode: talk about your favorite Olympic moments from years past, or relive Vancouver’s highlights together.
Conversation starter: “For which Olympic sport would you stay up all night just to watch in real-time?”
Date or dinner-party idea: Turn your place into a sports bar and invite couples to come and watch the game on your widescreen TV. Supply drinks, snacks and flags. If you’re feeling lucky, have people place bets on the events. The winners take home fun prizes along with bragging rights. If you don’t have the space, head to a crowded sports bar with your date and together cheer loudly for your country.
The End of the World
It’s hard to celebrate the beginning of 2012 without mentioning the misinterpreted Mayan calendar (and other eschatological beliefs) and our planet’s impending destruction on December 21st. Hollywood loves doomsday stories, so do party conversations.
Conversation starter: “If this really were your last year on earth, what would you do to make it count?”
Alternate conversation starter: “What’s your favorite end-of-days film?” Or, more importantly, “Which Armageddon-esque flick is the most unintentionally hilarious?”
Date or dinner-party idea: Movie marathon, anyone? Plan to watch 2012 and its cinematic counterparts. While you’re still in catastrophe mode, make plans for a night of indulgence on December 21st, when you’ll dine on your favorite, sinfully delicious foods. It will be your last night on earth, after all.