Meeting your boyfriend’s friends can be a stressful experience. It’s natural to hope that they like you and give their approval. But don’t worry too much! Try to push those nerves aside and read these tips for meeting your boyfriend’s friends.
1. Don’t Isolate Yourself
Even if you’re uncomfortable, try your best to enjoy your company. Don’t stare at your phone and don’t focus only on your boyfriend. Pay attention to everyone equally to show them you’re interested in their lives. If you’re too shy to talk, just make sure that you listen to those around you. When meeting your boyfriend’s friends, you should try to show them that you’re making an effort.
2. Bring Food
Who doesn’t love free food? Bringing along snacks is a good tip for anytime you’re trying to make a good impression. Does your boyfriend always mention how he and his buds love to pig out on hot wings? Bring some along. If you’re not sure what they like, all you have to do is ask or stick to something basic like chips. For extra points, bake something yourself.
3. Remember His Turn Will Come
If you’re nervous about hanging out with his pals, remember that you’re not the only one. He’ll have to go through the same thing with your friends. It’s natural to want to make a good first impression, but don’t stress too much. If you’re with your boyfriend for long enough, you’ll have plenty of chances to look good in front of his friends. And if it doesn't last, what they think won’t matter anyway.
4. Expect to Be Judged
His friends are going to have an opinion of you, whether it’s negative or positive. Realize that they’ll only be judging you because they care about your boyfriend. If your BFF started dating someone new, wouldn’t you want the best for them? Don’t worry about being perfect, though. As long as they see that you and your man make each other happy, they should approve.
5. Avoid PDA
It’s never fun to watch your friends make-out in public. Show your affection for him without going overboard. You can hold hands and put your head on his shoulder, but don’t grope him or use sappy nicknames. Keep the mushy stuff private. His friends will be thankful for it.
6. Don’t Be Jealous
Chances are he’s known his friends much longer than he’s known you. Don’t expect to have the same connection with him as the people that he’s built relationships with over the years. If he seems more comfortable with them, just give it time. Once you get to know each another better, he’ll become more relaxed. And it’s not a bad thing if he treats his friends differently. You should get special treatment.
7. Don’t Badmouth Them after
Even if your boyfriend complains about one of his buddies, don’t join in. He’s allowed to insult them, but he might get mad if you do. Be cautious when discussing his buddies so you don’t accidentally offend anyone. They mean a lot to him and so does your opinion. So be nice!
I hope you have a great time when you’re introduced to your man’s friends! If you've been in a relationship for a while, do you remember the first time you hung out with your boyfriend’s friends? How did it go?