Last Updated on July 4, 2023 by Corynn
You have been dating this person for a while and you’re at the point where it’s time to meet the family. What better way to meet the family is at their house… on Thanksgiving. When I started dating my boyfriend (now husband) and met his family for the first time. I was a nervous wreck!
Feeling a bit nervous? Don’t worry! These tips will help you with surviving your Thanksgiving with your partner’s family. Or basically any family function!
Tips For Surviving Thanksgiving With Your Partner’s Family
1. It’s Okay to Be Nervous
You’re probably freaking out right now and that’s okay! You’re allowed to be nervous. Honestly, his family is either super excited to get to know you or super nervous to see this person coming into their house.
Even your boyfriend is nervous! Your boyfriend just wants his family to see the super cool person he’s dating.
2. Be Prepared to be Asked a Million Questions
You will be the star of the show on Thanksgiving! The questions you may be asked are; “Where is your family from?” “what school do you go to? “What are you majoring in?” “Are you allergic to anything?“
It’s completely normal, you may feel a bit overwhelmed, and this is where you can talk to your partner before dinner to create a code word or a signal whenever you feel uncomfortable. Also, you do not need to answer all of their questions. They just want to know who you are.
3. You Will Feel People Staring at You
Trust me they most likely are, they are super curious who your boyfriend/girlfriend brought home. In addition, his family has so many questions to ask you, and about your guy’s relationship.
His aunts may be staring at you to see how you eat their food, or his grandma may want to ask a question but doesn’t want to be rude.
It’ll only happen during the first half of Thanksgiving dinner… sorta.
4. Be Yourself!
That’s all you can do! Be yourself and have fun, they can only love the person you truly are. If you go by a nickname, tell them your real name and what you go by. Don’t pretend to like a dish because you are trying to please them, let them know!
You only have a few hours to show them who you truly are. Make those hours count.
5. Bring Something!
This is totally optional but it’s nice for you to bring something with you. This could be a bottle of wine (if you are legal to drink), a dessert, or even a fruit platter!
This shows your gratitude for being invited and they know you’re giving (hint: because it’s Thanksgiving!)
6. Remember, Your Partner is Nervous as Well!
If you think you’re nervous about meeting your boyfriend’s parents, just imagine what your boyfriend is feeling. I mentioned it at the beginning of my blog post but your boyfriend is super nervous for you to meet everyone.
He probably talked about you all week to his parents. Cleaned his room so you know that he is a clean person (when in reality he’s a bit messy). He helped his grandma cook and notified everyone about your allergies/food restrictions.
The day will go by super fast. You won’t even notice! So remember to be yourself and let them see what you are all about. That’s all you can do!
If you get invited to the next family event then you know you did everything right!
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