Being in a relationship requires you to experience a lot of things. One of which is to meet the parents and family of your partner. Although it’s not a requirement, it’s another step to getting to know your partner more. And usually, the first meetings tend to be nerve-wracking yet exciting.
If you’re going to host the meet-the-parents dinner, you’ll need enough time to get started. It’s not necessary that you cook all the food, but you can if you have enough resources. But before planning things, you should relax first and avoid overthinking. Just keep in mind that it’s a simple get-together so there’s no need to panic. Okay, maybe just a bit.
Of course, it’s not a bad idea to have dinner at Spanish restaurants. However, it might get a bit awkward considering the conversations are mostly about your relationship.
So if you’ve decided to host the dinner at your house, here are a few tips to help you get through this special night!
1. Enhance the décor
Since it’s a dinner celebration, the guests will spend a lot of time in the dining area. So instead of renovating your entire home, you can just focus on the kitchen and dining. However, you shouldn’t opt for significant changes.
For instance, you can adjust the lighting and set the table according to your theme. And since it’s a Spanish -themed dinner, you can have a colourful table setting that resembles a festival.
Aside from that, make sure that the area is well-ventilated and be careful when using scented candles. You don’t want the guests to be confused about your house smelling too floral.
2. Create a menu
Now, this is the hardest part. Of course, if you’re used to cooking or hosting Spanish-themed parties, then you don’t have to worry. But if you’re not, then you can easily pick the best Spanish restaurants near you, and order their best dishes. That way, you work your way to the best meu ever!
But whether you’re ordering from Spanish restaurants or cooking the meals, you should still create a menu. When creating a Spanish-themed menu, don’t forget to include tapas, salad, soup, main course, and dessert.
Usually, the tapas are served before having dinner. So make sure you have a selection of tapas that may also serve as appetisers.
3. Organise a playlist
Another thing you shouldn’t forget is to organise a playlist. It’ll set the mood of the dinner, and will fill the moments when no one’s speaking. It’s just instant background music as if you’re in a movie.
Of course, you should also relate the music with your theme. Since it’s a Spanish cuisine night, then chose songs that resemble the Spanish culture. Just don’t make it too loud so that you and your guests can still have a good conversation even if something is playing in the background.
Since you’re going to meet your partner’s parents for the first time, music can give you the confidence to talk to them casually. Meanwhile, even if there’s no music, you should stay calm.
4. Pick the best wine
Did you know that Spain is one of the countries that are rich in wine? Specifically, they’re the third largest producer of wine. So it would be a shame if you don’t have the best wine to start the night.
You can start the dinner with a glass of wine and some tapas, or a charcuterie board if you have more time. If you don’t have a wine in mind, you can pick Sherry as it’s a perfect pair with Manchego cheese, olives, and ham.
On the other hand, if you know your wine, then it’ll be easier for you to decide. Just remember to consider your guests’ taste, and get another bottle of Rueda or Cava.
5. Prepare some activities
After dinner, you can do minimal activities that can strengthen your bond with your partner’s parents. You can play charades that feature Spanish-related things or Pictionary.
In addition, you can play games that will help you learn some basic Spanish phrases. That way, you can use it when you visit Spanish restaurants in the future. Maybe by that time, you’ll already have bonded enough with your partner’s parents.
When organising dinner activities, you should take note of the participants’ moods. For instance, if it looks like they won’t be able to enjoy playing charades, then you must have another plan. Otherwise, you might not have a successful dinner.
Are you getting nervous? First times can be tough, especially if it’s part of a special chapter of your life. However, you shouldn’t stress yourself too much since you can always have a second chance.
For now, enjoy everything you’ve prepared and have nice conversations with your special someone and their family. Don’t forget to share with us more tips on how to make this dinner extra special by commenting below!