Congratulations, you have a girlfriend! You’ve been going out for a while and things are going better than ever. So now, you want to take it a little further and finally introduce her to your friends.
Sure, it’s easy to just bring her into your crowd and wing everything, but you don’t want to be like other guys who fumble around, eventually turning the night into a disaster. You want things to be smooth, and you want everyone to get along. Your friends are some of the most important people in your life, and of course, you would like to have a great night as they finally meet your special someone.
We’ve created a quick guide and some reminders on how you can make their first encounter as amazing and smooth as possible.
Don’t surprise her with a meeting with your friends
Your girlfriend might like surprises, but not like this one. You are introducing her to some of the closest people in your life and it’s only proper that she feels good about herself when that time comes.
Choose a casual venue for the meetup
If you have a slightly shy and reserved girlfriend, it might be a good idea to take her to a more casual venue to meet your friends. Meet them for a few drinks or over dinner so they can talk to each other and slowly ease into things. While other guys would bring in their girl for the annual four-day vacation with their closest friends, that could be overwhelming for your girlfriend, so try to just keep things casual and chill at first. Nothing too serious.
Introduce topics that everyone can talk about
Sometimes it’s hard for them to start conversations. Initiating topics can help build rapport between your friends and your girlfriend. It can also help your girl feel more comfortable when she can can join conversations on things she knows about and also enjoys.
Don’t be weird
It’s hard to be in the middle and it’s easy to slip into playing a different role when these meetups happen, but just chill out and act naturally. No need to act cool or try to impress everyone. Don’t try to play around by telling embarrassing things about your girl just to impress your friends, and you also don’t need to be extra touchy just because you want to show how in love you are. In short, just be yourself. Chill out, man.
Don’t abandon her
You don’t need to always check if your girlfriend is getting along with everyone. You also don’t need to follow her like a shadow. Point is, you just need to be present and check in on her. If you brought her to a party, don’t go missing and leave her in the middle of a crowd where she knows no one. Try to entertain her and slowly let her mingle with your friends. Trust us, it’s just the right thing to do.
Really, despite all these tips, just have a great time. Don’t pressure yourself, it will be fine.