I've posted this here, because I think it's more of a friendship / parental issue, rather than a relationship issue. Mods, feel free to move.
I was back in my HomeCity over Christmas. Whenever I'm back, I stay at my parents' house. I sometimes invite friends over - my parents have no trouble with this, and often join in the gatherings. They know and like all my HomeCity friends.
I had a few friends over to my parents' house for cake and coffee. One of my friends is "Zoe". Zoe has been single a long time, and has longed to be in a relationship. Eight months ago, she met "Zac" and they have been dating ever since. Zac is very nice, and I am happy for them both. Their relationship is serious, and they are planning on moving in together soon.
However, Zoe and Zac have a habit of engaging in lovey-dovey behaviour. For example, at the gathering at my parents' house:
- When sitting around the table eating cake, Zoe dragged her chair right up close to Zac's, and nestled into his body (head resting on his shoulder) whilst she ate her cake;
- Later, when sitting on the sofa drinking coffee, Zoe sat so close to Zac that she was almost sitting on his lap. She also spent the entire time stroking his knee. When she wasn't stroking his knee, she was holding onto his arm.
- A couple of times, Zoe and Zac disengaged from the main conversion, and had a brief (lasting only seconds), whispered conversation of their own, which ended with Zoe giving Zac a quick, soft, kiss on the lips.
After the party, my mum (who was also present) told me that that she found Zoe's behaviour to be "inappropriate" and "immature" (for the record, Zoe and Zac are 30). However, despite her discomfort, my mum would never say anything, as she doesn't want to appear ungracious or anything. Nor does she want to ban Zoe and Zac from her house, or anything drastic like that. That said, it is her's (and my dad's) house, and I don't want them to be uncomfortable under their own roof.
My issue is, I have a few visits planned to my HomeCity in 2013, and there is a chance that this scenario might arise again. I personally feel my mum has a point, but at the same time I acknowledge that perhaps my mother and I are just old-fashioned and overreacting, so I'd appreciate some perspective on this? Do you guys think Zoe and Zac's behaviour was over the top? Or ok, for a new-ish couple?
And if so, would it be rude of me to ask them to tone down their behaviour down next time they visit my parents' house? Or should I just stop inviting them to these gatherings?