Meeting your significant other’s family for the first time can be stressful, especially against the backdrop of the chaotic holiday season. Instead of letting your nerves get the better of you and coming up with a lame excuse not to attend,Sparkology, an all-new exclusive online dating community, has created a list of helpful tips to ensure that you make a great first impression.
1. Don’t show up empty handed. A bottle of wine, or a homemade dessert with a colorful bouquet is a must. This is just common courtesy, whether it’s your partner’s family or even just a friend’s. Ask your date what her parent’s would enjoy most.
2. Check yourself! Guys, your girl may love your scruffy, just-out-of-bed look, but take a little extra time that day to shave, condition, comb – whatever. Just make sure you don’t look like a disgruntled grizzly ready for hibernation. Ladies, no matter how great your legs look in those new Jimmy Choos and mini, leave that sexy look at home. Remember – no cleavage, no tight clothes, nothing see-through. A dark blazer with a colorful top and jeans will make you look mature and respectable.
3. Flatter the folks. Compliment the food… Or suck it up and at least try the food. So her mom made some broccoli soufflé and you loathe broccoli? Smile and serve a little bit on your plate anyway. Can’t get enough of the roasted potatoes? Make sure to mention how great they are; maybe even ask for the recipe or some cooking tips.
4. How to chit chat. Do a little research before you go. Ask your guy what topics to steer clear of and what topics to play up. Politics, religion, and race tend to be sensitive subjects, so try and avoid those subjects. But don’t be boring! The weather… really? Her dad loves Hockey? Mention that time you scored the winning goal in your championship game in high school. His mom is a huge Modern Family fan? See who can do the best Gloria accent!
5. Rug Rats. Are there little kids running around the house? Go play! Kids are super easy to win over, and parents love it when others focus their attention on their children. So be goofy! This is also helpful because it’ll distract the kids for a while, which during a family dinner may feel like an added chore to the parents who are busy preparing everything.