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Padma Lakshmi’s Unexpected Icebreaker to Introduce Strangers at a Party
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As children we’re taught not to speak to strangers. Many of us (*raises hand*) have held tight to this adage well into adulthood, meaning social situations like dinner parties can be…super awkward. Thankfully, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has an easy hack to make strangers become friends before the first course is through.

Lakshmi, who’s gearing up to host Kellogg’s Holiday Baking Challenge, tells PureWow exclusively that the trick to getting friends and family who don’t know each other to mix requires some delegation and a simple task.

“Give people activities to do, and if they’re really willing to help that in itself is an icebreaker. If you can even have two strangers who don’t know each other help, you build a salad, that activity is an icebreaker,” she explained.

Thanks to Padma, Sharon from the office and Grandma Jean will be besties in no time.

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