After your school exams if there is anything that can make you as jittery and nervous, is the time you have to meet and impress your boyfriend’s parents! Yes girls! We know how anxious that makes all of us. But hey, you don’t have to have a mini heart attack every time you think about it. Here, we help you out with a few dos and don'ts for the times when you meet his parents.
1. Pick a comfy place!
Do: Pick a pleasant spot somewhere out (do not meet them at their house). Meeting outside saves his family the trouble of preparing and serving a formal meal, and that gives you more time to get to know them, and vice versa.
Don’t: Pick a place that is extremely noisy. You don’t want to yell your answers at them, while they try to ask you stuff in sign language!
2. Dress well and carry it off confidently
Do: Put on something comfortable, it does not have to be brand new or dressy. An elegant outfit paired with your best smile will work wonders!
Don’t: Pick a pretty but uncomfortable outfit. Showing too much skin may not be a good idea for the first meeting. This doesn’t equal to stifling your choices, it’s just being on the safe side when heading into an unchartered territory.
Do: Be on time. Being on time shows respect, and that you are genuinely interested in getting to know his folks.
Don’t: Be late and keep them waiting. You don’t want to create room for any doubts and speculation, do you?
4. Bring them a gift.
Do: A nice box of cookies or chocolates is a good idea.
Don’t: Splurge too much. It will make them uncomfortable. His mother’s favorite flowers are a much better idea than giving her the dinner set she has always wanted.
5. Be yourself.
Do: Be honest so as to set the right expectations and give them a fair idea of who you really are. Lying or trying to be someone else just to please them is just going to put you in a tight spot later on.
Don’t: Overshare. Your family history needs not to be the topic of discussion on day one!
6. Compliments go a long way!
Do: Pay a genuine compliment to someone at the table. You can even say something nice about your boyfriend to his parents. A sweet and honest compliment is bound to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Don’t: Overdo it. You want to be pleasant and gracious, but you certainly don’t want to come across as someone who is trying too hard.