If Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro taught the world anything, it's that meeting your partner's parents doesn't always go as planned. But as the holiday season is in full swing, some couples may chose to bring their lovers home for the first time (after quarantining and COVID-19-testing, of course).
Meeting your significant other's family for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. You're anxious, want to make a good first impression, and hope they're happy to see you with their child. Even if your introductions have a few hiccups, hopefully they won't be as awkward as some of the stories we've gathered up.
If you're dreading meeting your SO's parents, calm down with a good laugh from the unfortunate encounters below. Sure, there might be some uncomfortable small talk at your partner's family holiday dinner, but at least you probably won't find yourself getting pantsed or breaking a bed — we swear it was innocent. Read on for all of the hilarious tales.
"My ex and I started out as a casual relationship. One day after having sex, I went from his room to his bathroom to clean up, and because I thought no one was home I didn't cover myself up. I'm halfway down the hallway and his mom comes around the corner (she had JUST come home). She laughed at me saying, 'oh hey! It's good to know you're a true redhead, too!'
I wanted to die."
— Reddit user ohsnapitsdevin
"Brought my first college boyfriend home for Thanksgiving — we were greeted by my parents in full Star Trek uniforms, dad was wearing Spock ears, both giving the "live long and prosper" salute. They ordered pizza and the delivery guy asks my dad why he didn't just have the pizza beamed over."
— Reddit user pattiaa
"My boyfriend, 'Jeff',' at the time dropped by on Christmas Day to give me a present. He had brought his five-year-old little sister, 'Kimmie' with him. My entire extended family was all gathered around, sizing him up, etc. when his little sister started tugging on his arm and saying over and over, 'Jeeeeefffff!! Can we go now?' To which he acted annoyed and said, 'in a little bit, Kimmie.' But she persisted and he kept saying, 'in just a minute, hon...' Finally, I guess she couldn't help herself because in exasperation she threw back at him: 'Jeff!! Remember in your car — before we came up here, YOU TOLD ME TO BEG!!!' And you could have heard a pin drop. His face was bright red as he said a feeble awkward goodbye and shuffled off. Everyone in the room didn't know what to say or where to look."
— Reddit user flibberdigibbit
"We were both home from college during winter break, and his parents were out of town. So we'd been drinking at his place, sleeping over, etc. After a few days of this he invites me over, and I brought the leftover steak that I'd had for dinner that night on a plate. I knocked on the door, thinking he was the only one home, when his dad, who I'd never met, answers the door. I was so caught off guard that I just stupidly blurt out 'I have meat.' He was like 'alright, come on in then!' Not my finest first impression."
— Reddit user salent0
"I met my boyfriend's mum just after she'd broken her arm and was high as a kite on painkillers. She told my boyfriend if he didn't marry me, she would (bear in mind we'd been dating six months, aged 18 and 19). Then she asked me to marry her. I said yes. We joke about being engaged all the time now."
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"When my father finally met my mother's parents, the first thing Grandpa did was pants my father in public. Grandpa is not a mature man."
—Reddit user Mister_Dink
"My ex-fiance met my parents at Christmas. Things were going pretty well until we exchanged gifts. He had gotten me a vibrating back massager. My mom started cracking up laughing, which set me off too. My stepfather just sat there stone-faced. It took my ex about 30 seconds to figure out why we were laughing at his present."
—Reddit user drainbead78
"My father was born in Belgium. He came to the U.S., got married, and brought his new wife (eventually my mother) back to meet his family. She did not speak Flemish and they did not speak English, so my dad had to do all the translating. He told my mother that it was a Flemish custom that new members of the family always had to stand up when they spoke. My mother spent the entire visit standing up every time she had something to say. Eventually, my dad's family asked him why his new wife stood up whenever she talked. 'I don't know,' he told them. 'I think it's an American thing.' My mother didn't learn the truth for almost 20 years."
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"When my wife and I first started dating, I traveled up to the Pacific Northwest with her to meet her dad. We were set up in separate rooms because there were little cousins in the house, and generally just out of respect as well. I was given what amounted to an old rickety twin kid's bed that was probably from the '60s or '70s in her dad's office. Despite being an adult, I fit in it quite nicely. The first morning I woke up there, my future wife walked in the room early to say good morning. She came and sat down on the edge of the bed. The weight of two adults plus the age of the bed helped it along to go crashing to the floor. You can imagine how many accusatory stares we got the rest of the weekend after that."
—Reddit user bfilmmaker
"My girlfriend's (now wife's) dad wanted to go out and have a guys night to talk. We went to the bar and had some good conversation with a LOT of booze. I have no memory past when the tequila started flowing. I woke up in the guest bedroom with my GF shaking me awake... 'What happened last night?!' 'Oh shit...I have no clue.." GF: 'My dad just threatened ME over breakfast not to fuck this up!'
—Reddit user tinster9
"Her dad spoke to me in Greek the entire ride home. I don't speak a word of Greek…"
—Reddit user PurpleMTL
"Sitting at dinner with the girlfriend and her parents (just met them 10 minutes earlier) having casual conversion when I sneeze-farted. I tried to play it cool, but we all knew what happened. The worst part was about 30 second after it happened after everyone had moved on, when the smell crept in."
—Reddit user your_inner_monologue
"Met the father at my BF's hockey game. He was sweet and bought me a hot chocolate and himself a coffee. About five minutes ,later he gets booted from the arena for arguing with a ref and throwing his coffee at the refs face."
—Reddit user zepoopsmith
"Talking about traveling at dinner after meeting her parents for the first time. They mention Europe and ask if I'd been. I start to tell them I have been and it was especially fun because I had stayed in brothels and met a bunch of really interesting people. Their eyes told me immediately I had made a mistake. TL;DR Tell parents I stay in brothels. Not hostels."
—Reddit user treetoplover
"While on break from school, I drove to my boyfriend's hometown and he asked if I wanted to meet his parents. I was ridiculously nervous, rehearsed conversation topics in my head, even stopped by a Sephora to redo my makeup. He lets them know when we're coming and that we'll be staying for about an hour. So my boyfriend and I drive over and find his parents watching Storage Wars in the living room. He introduces me, they say hello... and then they turn back to Storage Wars. So we sat around watching Storage Wars for the next hour. No small talk. It was like meeting Ron Swanson, if Ron Swanson was really into Storage Wars."
—Reddit user visvya
"Had been dating GF for a month. My family was on the West Coast, and I was in Uni on the East, so I had nowhere to go for Thanksgiving and was invited to their home. I arrive at the house and one of their dogs comes out to greet me. I pet her and she proceeds to pee all over my brand-new shoes. After a few moments of panic, I realize I have no choice but to go inside the house, and meet her parents. I leave my pee-soaked shoes by the door, and go meet her parents. Only, I didn't realize what socks I was wearing. Without thinking, I had put these bad boys on (they had marijuana leaves all over them). Her father looks at my feet, grimaces, then shakes my hand. It was a bit uncomfortable."
—Reddit user liveinisrael
"This happened to my brother. He was meeting his then-GF's family for the first time at Christmas Eve. One of the aunts or cousins or something brought over a deli tray to snack on before dinner. He later heard somebody announce that it must've spoiled, but at first he thought it tasted bad. Rather than be rude and throw it away, he shoved it in his pocket while nobody was looking. They sat down for dinner and the dog wouldn't stop sniffing and licking at his pants. I don't think anybody ever found out; he just sat at the table, looking embarrassed and agitated by the dog while rotten salami sat in his pocket."
—Reddit user shnmchl61