This article originally appeared in Glamour and is reprinted with permission.
Spending the holidays with your guy’s family for the first time is a huge relationship milestone. But between your nerves, the usual family tension, and your weird Uncle Sal’s inappropriate stories, it’s also a prime opportunity for total disaster. Read on for 10 of our readers’ most embarrassing meet-the-parents moments.
A Wardrobe Malfunction
“The first time I visited my boyfriend’s home, I bent over and my jeans ripped right down the middle in the back. I was wearing a red thong, and his mom pointed it out to me. Needless to say, I was mortified and had to leave the house in my boyfriend’s sweatpants.”
Getting Off on the Wrong Foot
“When I was 13, I was invited over to my then-boyfriend’s house for dinner. I was nervous and trying to be on my best behavior, but about halfway through the meal, I became more comfortable. Feeling frisky, I found my boyfriend’s foot. His dad looked up at me, roared with laughter, and let me know his son’s feet were not where I thought they were. I had been playing footsie with his father.”
A Dirty Little Secret
“My first time meeting my future husband’s parents at our house, I really wanted to make a great impression, so I cleaned everything really well—or so I thought. His parents went to move a chair from another room so we could all watch a movie, and under it was the biggest pile of dirt and dog hair you have ever seen. It was so awful! There went any impression I was trying to make.”
Mom Got Too Comfortable
“The first time my mom met my now-husband, we were watching a movie in the living room. My mom was in the kitchen when we heard her let out the loudest, longest fart imaginable. I was mortified, and when I screeched ’Mom!’ at her, she blamed the squeaky door hinges. Thank goodness my husband was good-natured about it and eventually decided to marry me, because my mom still has no shame!”
Mom Got Way Too Comfortable
“The first time I ever met my now-husband’s parents during Christmas, his mother exclaimed, ’Oh! You have to see what your stepdad gave me for Christmas this morning!’ She rushed back holding up a sheer white teddy and matching G-string against her body, cooing, ’Isn’t it sooooo sexy?’ I know parents have sex, but I don’t need to see the bedroom attire of my future mother-in-law hours after meeting her!”
Death by Chocolate?
“My boyfriend’s family was from Jordan, and his mother had prepared some kind of chocolate-covered treat that was native to their country and wanted me to try one. I did and immediately fell to the floor choking. It was a Jordan almond, and I’m highly allergic to almonds. I figured he would have told her that—or maybe he did and we were off on a bad foot long before I realized it!”
Grandma’s Stern Warning
“The first time I met the parents of my first boyfriend, I was 18 and he was still 17. After taking us out for a nice dinner, his grandma turned around in the front seat of the car, looked right at me, and said, ’You know if you two have sex it’s illegal, right? Just something to think about.’ I was completely speechless! It actually isn’t illegal in our state, but I felt it would be too weird to correct her.”
Receiving an Odd Compliment
“His dad walked in, looked at me, and said to my boyfriend, ’You were wrong! She is pretty!’ My boyfriend was embarrassed, but I got a good laugh about it.”
A Revealing Trip and Fall
“I was wearing these brand-new heels I just had to have, along with a flimsy dress I got to match them. I had gone outside to get something out of my car, and when I came back in, I tripped over his mom’s computer cord and one of my girls popped out!”
The Fake Domestic Goddess
“Early on in my relationship with my Southern beau, I took a store-bought apple pie to a meal with his family and tried to pass it off as homemade. Everyone was oohing and aahing about how yummy it was. Then his sister asked if it had milk in it, and before I could stop myself I said, ’Oh, I’m not sure.’ Everyone looked at me like I was crazy. ’But you made it,’ they said. ’Don’t you remember if you put milk in it?’ I stood there looking like a fool saying I couldn’t remember. Then they asked me what ingredients it did have, and I was like ’apples?’ I had no clue what to say. That was the last family meal I’ve taken food to.”