Meeting your boyfriend’s parents can be so worrying. You want to try and impress them, but you do not want to appear like you are trying too hard. If you want to leave the best impression of yourself and score a couple of points with your boyfriend’s parents, these tips can help you do that.
Dress Up Appropriately
First impression might not be the last, but it does always leave a lasting image of you. Wear something that you’ll feel confident in. Confidence will help improve your conversation skills, but ensure you dress in a modest way. Reserve your sexy outfits for dates, and go for something more traditional. Too much bare skin or cleavage won’t make a good impression. Also, you shouldn’t wear too much bright makeup. Natural makeup is vital if you want to impress your boyfriend’s parents. Bear in mind that dressing appropriately doesn’t necessarily mean overdressing. If you’re meeting his parents at a casual restaurant or if his parents always wear jeans and t-shirts, it would be senseless to wear a fancy suit or a cocktail dress. Overdressing may make you look snooty, while dressing too conventionally may make you look uneasy.
Carry a Gift with You
If it’s your first time to visit his parents and you don’t want to go to their place empty-handed. Parents always want to be respected for who they are, and bringing a gift is a good way of showing them respect. Going shopping for gifts would be a good idea but you can also bake something and take along, especially if you’re going to their house for dinner. If you cannot bake something, invite a friend to come over and help you with the baking. Cookies, cakes, or any kind of goodies will impress. But, whatever you do, don’t even think of purchasing something from your local bakery and try to make them believe that it’s homemade. His mother will certainly know.
Do Your Homework
The main objective of this meeting is to win over your boyfriend’s parents, so treat it like you would a job interview. Do your research and try to find out more about his parents is advance. What kind of work does his dad do? What are his mom’s likes and dislikes? Where did your guy grow up? Do your homework so that you are able to bring up some great and interesting topics, or at the very least take part in a conversation about his family rather than talking ceaselessly about yourself. Knowing their likes and dislikes will also help you know the kind of conversation you should bring up and those you shouldn’t.
Remember To Be Well-Mannered
It’s quite obvious that you need to be polite to your boyfriend’s parents to impress them, but try and go an extra mile. Greet them appropriately with a handshake and a clean smile. Address them as Mr. and Mrs. Never use their first names. Be free with your man all through the visit, sit next to him, but avoid holding hands or even cuddling. Yes, his parents are obviously not stupid and they know that you two may have been messing around, but don’t be too obvious about that. After meals, you could offer to help out with the dishes. Don’t even think of staying long in their house, and when you’re leaving, don’t forget to mention how much you have enjoyed meeting them.