My fiancee and I have been together for over 8 1/2 years, but our families have never met... My fiancee's family is not very social, so they've always held the attitude that there is no need to meet my family unless there's a ring on my finger. After about three years together my mother tried to force a meeting, and it was not appreciated by my fiancee's family. Due to this disagreement and timing, both sides of our family have pre-conceived (and not all positive) notions about each other. I get along great with my fiancee's family, and he gets along great with mine, but due to that prior issue we are both at a loss as to how to introduce them and not have it be too awkward or formal... We both thought maybe at our engagement party would be best because there would be other people there, but at this point no one has offered to throw us one, and from what I've read it's tacky to throw your own... My fiancee and I both just know it would be incredibly uncomfortable for everyone if we just had a private dinner where there would be forced conversation and awkwardness. Any ideas are much appreciated!!!