1. Resist Touching
Clinging to bae (or worse, groping him!) won’t win you points with your potential mama-in-law. Remember: That’s her son you’re canoodling with, so it’s probably pretty awkward for her to witness. Keep the PDA to a minimum.
2. Agree to Disagree
Arguing politics with his kin can make things messy–I mean, literally. You don’t want Cousin Wayne flinging potatoes across the table at you for voicing your opinion. Instead, discuss with your S.O. after dinner to make sure you’re both on the same page.
3. Watch the Booze
Just because his sis is knocking back G&Ts doesn’t give you license to wine-o-clock all night. It’s okay to drink some anxieties away and enjoy a couple of glasses, but limit yourself when you start feeling tipsy. Be happy, not drunk.
4. Kill Em’ with Kindness
If a relative does not seem to like you right away, go on a charm offensive to wake them up. It’s easy to be discouraged with Aunt Negative Nancy giving you the evil eye, but convince her that her cherry pie is the best you’ve ever tasted and she just may offer you her recipe.
5. Ban Screens
Don’t bring your phone to dinner, and def keep it out of sight when meeting new people. Not only is it rude, but it shows that you’re disinterested in your current surroundings. Be present IRL, not scrolling Insta.