You know your man’s a keeper. He cooks, he empties the cat litter (and it’s not his cat), he brings you flowers for no reason, and he puts the seat down. This year, give him an unforgettable birthday, pay him back for the romantic Valentine’s Day you know he’ll give you, or just reward him after a hard week at the office with an amazing testosterone-friendly boys’ night out. (This is also a great way to set him up for a spectacular Superbowl Sunday.)
Tell him ahead of time you have a special night planned and he should see what night works best with his guys pals. This way, you don’t accidentally invite a really annoying co-worker. Let him set the invite list and tell him where everyone should meet. Give him a few details to appease his curiosity. Say, “Baby, you’ve been working so hard. Why don’t you and the guys get together this Friday night. I’ll spring for pizza and beer.”
Rent a room at a classy club or set everything up at home (just make sure you disappear for your own girls’ night). Rent or borrow a big-screen T.V. and a poker table. If you have the funds, throw in a foozeball and pool table.
Get a huge box and fill it with everything your boys will need for the night. Include a poker set (bonus points if it has clay chips), cigars, and several classic man movies (think Major League, the Godfather, Pulp Fiction, Boondock Saints…the most anti chick flick movies you can find).
Include a cooler with ice-cold beer (I said get a huge box), and a bottle of Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels, Crown Royal or his favorite liquor. Throw in a few mixers and some classy brandy glasses. (Sometimes, liquor stores get gift sets, which come with two or four matching glasses for Jack Daniels or Crown Royal. These are always a hit with guys.)
Add some jazzed-up versions of his favorite snacks: a summer sausage and cheese tray, chocolate covered pretzels, gourmet mixed nuts, etc. Finally, arrange for steaming meat-lover’s pizza and wings to be delivered as his buddies arrive.
Now, disappear. Even if you’re usually invited to Superbowl parties and all his friends think you’re awesome. This night is all about him and his friends. Don’t call him, don’t text him. He may call you when he and his friends open the Box of Red-Blooded Male Dreams to tell you what a goddess you are and how much he loves you. Feel free to answer that one, but then leave him alone and let him enjoy his night. Take advantage of the time to grab your best girl friends and take in a movie and shopping.