...is scary stuff. You don't do it too often (or do you?) and you never know what to expect. So I turned to All womens talk for some last minute advice:
Don't rush into meeting the family. Wait for the right time. Get to know your guy first. Once you're sure that this relationship is 'the one' then mutually decide to meet the parents.
Check. After 10 month of dating, I think it's safe to say that we waited the appropriate time.
Find out about his family before hand.
Check. D spilled the beans about his family so I was prepared.
The right location is important. One good choice would be something neutral, like a restaurant. Choose one that is semi-formal unless you're a pro at figuring out the cutlery!
Fail! No choice there. Dinner at his parents house!
Don't you want to make a good impression? Don't be late.
Semi-fail. We had to adjust to the train schedule.
We all love them. However, finding the right gift is important. So find out in advance from your guy on what would be a good gift.
Check! We stuck to the basics and handed over a nice bouquet of flowers.
Get as much information as you can from your mate. You don't want to overdress or look sloppy.
Check! I think I managed that one. I didn't wear the dresses I ordered from ASOS a week ago. It just didn't feel right.
So you dressed up real pretty, but do you have a mind? Then prove it but don't go overboard. Try and not show off about your exploits and education. Try and involve all the members of the family. Be polite.
Semi-check! That I have to work on...
Yes it works to an extent. Shower a little praise on them for making their son a fine gentleman. His mother certainly wouldn't mind a few compliments on the food or home decor.
Check! But that wasn't hard. Their home was lovely and the food was great!
While it's fine to have an opinion on certain matters, try and stay away from politics, religion and gender issues.
Check! Soccer was the main topic of conversation, so no problem there.
After dinner stay a while and chat, but don't linger on forever. They will probably want to wrap it up even if the evening went well. So thank everyone for having you over and make a graceful exit.
Check! The dinner party could probably lasted longer but we had a train to catch.
To sum up... His family was absolutely lovely. Mad and loud and loving, just like mine!