4. Come Bearing Gifts: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT show up empty-handed when you meet the parents for the first time. I don’t care whether it’s a bottle of wine, a bouquet of roses, a small box of chocolates, or even a personalized keychain (ok, avoid that last one), but you should definitely bring something. Bringing a gift not only shows that you respect your mate’s parents and are excited to make this new connection, but you’ll also make your own parents proud (and who isn’t constantly striving for that?).
5. Seal the Deal: This last tip is the toughest part. By now, you’ve discussed the meeting, had time to prep, figured out what you’ll wear and bought a small gift as a way to say, “Nice to meet you, I’m really into your son/daughter!” Now it’s time to put on your game face.
Show up to the meeting on time, be friendly, listen carefully to what both parents are saying, respond with some kind of engaging story of your own and go with the flow. In other words, just be yourself -- but be the best version of yourself! Offer to help clear dishes at the end of dinner and remember to say how much you enjoyed yourself at the end of the night, and you won’t have to worry about figuring out how you can get that impossible second chance at making a first impression!
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