Caroline Manzo’s Advice for Making a Good Impression on The Parents
There's no question that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo knows a thing or two about dating etiquette. She has been married to Al Manzo for 29 years and now has three adult children, one of whom, Lauren Manzo, is engaged. Now, Caroline is revealing tips for what can be a scary moment: Meeting your significant other's parents.
Caroline feels that the most important thing when meeting your sweetie's fam is to not be phony. "In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is be anything less than yourself," Caroline writes. "You are the one your significant other cares for, not your 'representative.'"
Beyond that, Caroline thinks you should do your best to get to know the family. "Make an effort to interact with the family on some level, whether it be through conversation, lending a hand in the kitchen, or joining in on a game or activity," she continues.
And just as the person you're dating probably likes flowers, so too do their relatives. "I’m a big fan of fresh flowers for a hostess gift," Caroline says. "Don’t go overboard. It should just be a little token of appreciation for the invitation into their home. It’s not a wedding. Too much can be insulting."
We actually think Caroline has some great suggestions! Bringing flowers is a very nice touch — and who could dislike someone who offers to help out in the kitchen? Come to think of it, perhaps Caroline should write an etiquette book next!