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A how-to-guide for Surviving The Holiday Season Family Dinner
Once the leaves start changing colors, We know the holidays are just around the corner. In my neck of the woods, the temperature will soon start dropping. If your boo invited you for Thanksgiving dinner, be happy and oh, prepare yourself. Spending the holiday with your boyfriend family can be both excited and nerve wrecking. Don’t worry read on and I will share tips on how to survive your first uncomfortable holiday dinner with the in-laws.
Navigating Thanksgiving dinner with the boyfriend family can be quite challenging. Whether you’re meeting the parents for the first time or a seasoned holiday with your husband/fiance/boyfriend’s family you want to make a first impression. You also want them to see the real you because you will be part of their family. Once you are in, surviving a seasoned holiday with your significant other family will be a piece of cake.
Is ok to be nervous but don’t go and expect a perfect family, just like any other people have things going on their life. It’s something about the holiday season that brings a certain side in people. Here a few tips I’ve learned along the way. Hey you never know you might have a great time or not. However, the night is going just make the best of it.
Dress Code: Dressy Casual, remember you are meeting his family not going to a club. You have to keep your attire sophisticated, classy and casual. Remember this the minute you step foot in that house all eyes will be on you. Trust me they will be checking you out from top to bottom. That means get your GLAM on point, hair, mani, pedi, and eyebrows. Dress to impress, keep makeup a bit neutral and don’t forget to wear perfume.
Bring a treat: DO NOT show up empty-handed. You can bring desserts or a bottle of wine. Some love flowers but check with your partner and see what’s suitable for you to bring. Bringing a home cook dish can be quite tricky. Some future mother-in-law have their own tradition of food and want to keep it like it that. Don’t try to impress in bringing your best dish, you’ll be safe with wine or dessert.
Meeting the immediate Family: You will meet the aunts, cousins, uncle, grandmother, great-grandmother, grandfather second and third cousin. Get ready because you will be interviewed by each and one of them. Don’t get offended you are a stranger in their house just be yourself mix and mingle. You are meeting his family for the first time stay away from politics, money, and religion. Some people take these topics very seriously and you don’t want to start off on the wrong foot. Do your homework on the family attending dinner and know what you will be walking into.
Alcohol: Go easy on the alcohol, start off slowly. You don’t want to get sh*t face wasted and make a fool of yourself. Drink in moderation, I know you are very nervous but take a few breathers and try to relax. Believe me, you will have that family member that will say something out of place. Take it like a champ and keep it moving.
Give a Helping hand: Always ask if help is needed in the kitchen or setting up the table. What’s the worst that can happen, they say no. 99.9% of the time they will say no, because you are their guest. My family never allow the guest to help out, nothing against the person offering. Everyone is different, but don’t feel bad if they say no. Don’t take it personally just relax and enjoy.
Manners: Don’t forget your mannerism, always say “Thank You” and “Please”. Don’t go over board with trying to be extremely polite, when the moment arise express gratitude and appreciation.
Family Customs: You will spending dinner with your boyfriend family, just keep in mind that they might have different customs than yours. Remember you are there for your boyfriend, go with the flow. If you are sleeping over please do not try to sneak into the room where your boyfriend is staying. Respect you are not in your house.
Relax and most importantly have fun this holiday season. No matter how uncomfortable you might feel at his family house, focus on enjoying the time together. The time might feel like eternal, but you will see it will pass quickly. The Holidays supposed to be fun, so enjoy them and don’t let anyone ruined them……
How was your holiday dinner at the future in-law’s house? Were you invited to your boyfriend holiday dinner? Do you have any horror story spending at the in-laws? Love to hear all about it., email me with the details.
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