Whether you're hosting a dinner party or just having a group lunch with your coworkers, it's easy to fall into the trap of only talking about work. It is a common thread, after all. But The Kitchn points out that you can learn more about everyone at the table and have a better time by planning a jumping off topic.
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This sounds pretty cheesy, as all ice breakers do, but all you nee is something that'll launch the conversation in a direction other than work. You could suggest discussing your favourite restaurants in town, where everyone likes to go on vacation, or pretty much anything else that doesn't pertain to the office.
You could even send out an email with a deeper topic ahead of time, so people can arrive with some ideas. Even if the topic only spurs a few minutes of conversation, it can spin off in other directions, and help you really get to know the people you spend eight hours per day with. Be sure to check out the source link for more coworker dinner party tips.
Dinner Parties with Co-Workers: Not Talking Shop [The Kichn]