Thursday, April 17, 2014

Etiquette: Meeting the Parents

Meeting the parents can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn't have to be! I met Neal's parents on Easter a couple years ago, and it was a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday and get to know a little bit more about my sweetie from the very people who made him who he is. 
  1. Get some intel before you go. Your significant other should be able to give you the details on his parents/family so you know what you're walking into. Are they uber conservative? Do they like crude jokes? Whatever the situation, it's nice to know ahead of time. Plus, asking about your boyfriend/girlfriend's family shows that you care!
  2. Dress appropriately. You'll want to be comfortable, so don't go overboard and overdress. Pick some classic pieces like a sundress, a sweater, or even jeans if it's a casual get-together and tone down the makeup. You want to look natural, not like you're going out for a wild night with your girlfriends. 
  3. Take flowers. Taking a small gift is a nice gesture, especially if your sweetie's parents have invited you to their home. If flowers don't feel appropriate, try bringing a dessert or a dish to share. 
  4. Ask questions. Show a little interest and get to know them! Dazzle them with your beautiful smile and keep the conversation going!
  5. After you leave, send a note. This is my advice for any occasion, but a nice note is a wonderful gesture, showing how much you enjoyed meeting everyone. You'll get bonus points if you reference something personal about the day, like thanking his mom for cooking dinner and asking for her roasted chicken recipe. 

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