Searching for the best social mixer ideas for your upcoming event? At Peerspace, we get it! After all, hosting a fun mixer to break the ice is one of the best ways to get a group of total strangers laughing and chatting like old friends. Whether you’re trying to bring together a team of new coworkers, volunteers, classmates, or any other group of people, a mixer can help get rid of all the awkwardness that comes with meeting new people for the first time.
But where to begin? Here are some of our favorite social mixer ideas to get groups of all kinds all mixed up!
1. Find the perfect venue on Peerspace
Want to mix up the scenery for your mixer? Head over to Peerspace and find a fantastic venue! You can find many unique places to host social gatherings, like open and airy lofts, eclectic breweries (like the one photographed above!), or even a storybook-style retreat.
Whatever theme or fun activity you want to use for your mixer, hosting at a Peerspace venue can help you set the perfect stage for all the fun to come. Just search the listings in your city and check out the photos and reviews to get the full picture before booking. Though venue descriptions tend to be pretty thorough, you can contact the host if you have any questions. And if by chance the host doesn’t provide something you need, Peerspace’s Concierge service can source it for you. This dedicated team can arrange catering, entertainment, furnishings, and more. When you’ve chosen the perfect social mixer venue on Peerspace, it’s all yours for as many hours as you like!
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2. Go on a scavenger hunt
Here’s a classic social mixer idea to get your group working together as a team. Hide a series of objects around your venue, and encourage guests to work together as a team to uncover the grand prize. You could start by giving each guest a different clue to the initial puzzle to promote group participation. Everyone will have to work together to discover the first item.
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3. Mix up the name tags
This social mixer idea works best for small groups since too many members can get overwhelming. Upon entering the venue, give everyone a name tag that belongs to someone else. Guests will have to swap out the tags with other attendees to get the right name. It’s an excellent way to get everyone to approach each other for a chat. And once the initial introduction happens, genuine conversations can happen a whole lot easier.
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4. Play “guess my name”
Instead of swapping out name tags, why not make a game out of guessing each other’s names instead? With this social mixer idea, no one is allowed to tell another guest their first name. Rather, they have to give out clues to lead guests on the right track.
If someone’s name is Paul, they might give hints that they have the same name as a member of The Beatles or the lead character in Dune. If someone’s name isn’t from a popular form of media, they can try to mime act it out instead or give hints with similar-sounding words or names. When you make a game by discovering another person’s name, it’s much easier to remember it later!
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5. Make an art project together
If you’re feeling crafty, making something together is an amazing way to break the ice as a group. You could host a painting party where everyone paints their version of the same image or build a fun craft that you found on Pinterest as a group. So long as everyone is getting their hands dirty and having fun, fun conversations are sure to follow!
6. Sing your heart out at a karaoke night
There’s nothing like belting out a little Journey together to bond as a group. You’ll get to learn a lot about your new teammates, like what everyone’s favorite song is and who has the best of pipes. Don’t want to leave your Peerspace venue to head to a karaoke bar? No problem. Just ask the Peerspace concierge to hook you up with a karaoke machine!
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7. Cocktail mixer
Here’s a fun mixer idea to bring a little boozy fun to your event. As new guests arrive, give each guest a different cocktail ingredient to wear along with their nametag. Encourage guests to work together and create different cocktails. When a guest with a “vodka” nametag and one with an “orange juice” meet, they make a cocktail, and each receives a straw. The guest with the most straws at the end of the night wins a special prize! This would be extra fun at a Peerspace bar.
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8. Play “What’s on your phone”
Typically, being on your phone at a mixer is a sign of boredom. Not so at this fun mixer idea! Have everyone get out their phones and challenge guests to take photos with their fellow participants. They might get 5 points for taking a selfie with someone else, or ten points if they can get a quick video of another guest singing the first line to their favorite song. Whoever has the most points by the end of the night wins. And while everyone has their phones out, this is also a great time to exchange contact information for later!
9. “Speed date” your introductions
You’ve heard of speed-dating, the act of going on brief 60-second dates with potential partners. If speed-dating can ignite a romantic spark, why not a spark of friendship? Set up a series of quick 60-second “dates” with every member of the group. This gets a lot of introductions out of the way fast, and once everyone breaks the ice, natural conversations become a whole lot easier.
10. Play “what am I”?
Here’s a fun mixer game to get conversations flowing! In this interactive card game for adults, everyone places a card inside the headband on their forehead and tries to guess their occupation, using only yes or no questions that other guests have to answer. For added fun, don’t use the pre-packaged cards from the game. Instead, have everyone write down an object on an index card and distribute them randomly. This can lend a more personal touch to the game with hilarious results!
11. Play “desert island”
This is another classic icebreaker game, a staple of any good mixer event, no matter the type. Ask everyone which three objects they would bring with them to a desert island. It could be anything from favorite books, movies, albums, or more broad categories like food and household objects. You’ll get to see how much you have in common with other members of your group, including who else chooses “How to Build a Raft” as one of their desert island books.
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12. Bake something as a team
For this fun mixer idea, you’ll get to mix up some fantastic treats in the kitchen! Pick out a recipe for a delicious treat beforehand, like some scrumptious sugar cookies, and have your guests bake it up together. It’s an excellent way to build teamwork from the get-go.
When everyone finishes baking their treats, you can host a decorating contest to see who can create the most original cookie design. It’s a great way to encourage both teamwork and competition at your mixer. It could be even more fun if you host it at a Peerspace kitchen.
Bonus: paint and prosecco
We’re putting a 2022 spin on a classic social event! Instead of the beloved paint and sip in which you paint a picture along with other guests while sipping wine, why not add a bit of pop pop fizz to the proceedings with a paint and prosecco mixer! Bubbly wine gives the event more flair and can be its own conversation starter. Plus, with all your guests painting and sipping, there is sure to be plenty to bond over and laugh about, which is what a social mixer is all about.
Social mixer ideas are best served at a Peerspace
These are just a few of the best social mixer ideas to get people comfortable and chatty. Don’t forget, you can easily book a relaxing and stylish venue on Peerspace to further encourage natural interactions! When you do, you can also rely on the exceptional services of the Concierge to help with all the event details. It’s fun, easy, and takes away a lot of the stress associated with event planning. Good luck!