Say no more, mon frere! I got the hookup. Try these sweet conversation-starters, every one of them field-tested, party-approved:
(note: you want to just sort of stand in the middle of the room and say these loud, to anybody interested. Don't waste a good opener flailing around trying to snag an individual passerby. Don't put all your eggs in one basket! Just toss 'em out to the whole room, and see who takes the bait. If the music is loud, belt out your opener just that little bit louder so it can be heard. Project and enunciate. Soon enough, a roiling, room-wide conversation will be a-boiling - with you at its epicenter!)
Try these on for size:
"Anybody else like tacos? I like tacos, fried chicken and hot dogs."
This is a classic. Be prepared for everyone in the room to just start chiming in with their favorite foods! But be sensitive to the venue. Depending on whether there is a large preponderance of a given ethnicity present, you may want to change which of those proven 3 is your lead-off food item. I used the above at a mixed football-game-themed gathering where tacos, fried chicken and hot dogs were being served. FIELD GOAL!
"I just don't know how to feel about abortion."
This is more for your upscale cocktail parties with a lot of hip politicos dressed to the tens, dishing clipped opinions about issues they pretend to disdain. You'll score points for sincerity, admitting to your confusion on a complex issue, and that refreshing candor will set the tone for everyone to wade in outlining the various aspects, with tact and respect for each others' opinions and stances. As the conversation sighs to a lull, follow it up with the taco line - you'll be viewed as a well-rounded individual with feet planted firmly in both worlds: the earthy realm of proletarian gusto, and the rarified etherium of the intellectual elite.
"My favorite animal is a tree. What's yours?"
At a New Age party, sometimes you just want to throw out something that sounds like a koan. Note: do not follow it up with anything about chicken or hot dogs. This is not the crowd.