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Uncle Fisty
09-17-2008, 01:57 PM
My wife's birthday is coming up, and I have no idea what to do for her. I've had a couple things in mind, but Cat doesn't want me to spend a lot of money.

I wanted to take her on the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre (http://www.semgulf.com/), which I thought was a bad ass idea. It's a 3 hour or so train ride where actors in each car act out a comedic murder mystery set to a theme, like a 60's Beetlemania type band has a member killed, or an early Vegas style lounge singer gets shot. All the patrons are given notepads to write down clues and help solve the murder while enjoying a four course meal. Awesome, right?

Cat said it is too expensive.

Another idea I had was the Big M casino boat (http://www.bigmcasino.com/indexFMB.html). Boat takes you out into the Gulf, spends a couple hours out there where you can gamble or drink or just kind of hang out, then comes back. I've been on it once, it was fun.

Cat said it is definitely too expensive.

Then I thought about taking her to see Bad Dates (http://www.theatreconspiracy.org/) by Theresa Rebeck. It's a comedy "Sex in the City" type play about a single mom from Texas living in Manhattan. Kind of chick flick-y, but I thought it would be cool.

I haven't told her about this one yet.

I'm running out of ideas here. I want to do something special for her, but I need to stay within her monetary constraint. She put a cap of $75 on what we do. So, any suggestions Theoryland?

Cary Sedai
09-17-2008, 02:03 PM
A type of treasure hunt, dinner thingy. Start with a clue/note/small gift at the house, that leads her to a resturant/bar with drinks, then have the waiter/bartender give another clue/gift, for where you have dinner, another clue/gift for dessert, then another clue/gift for a nice evening stroll... with her being treated like a queen at each place.

No, I've no idea how to make it work. :p Sounds romantic and sweet, though, doesn't it?

Gilshalos Sedai
09-17-2008, 02:05 PM
No idea. I stopped celebrating my birthday beyond a mushy card and a dinner out. I like to let the grey roots that are growing remind me I'm getting old, not the calendar.

Uncle Fisty
09-17-2008, 02:09 PM
A type of treasure hunt, dinner thingy. Start with a clue/note/small gift at the house, that leads her to a resturant/bar with drinks, then have the waiter/bartender give another clue/gift, for where you have dinner, another clue/gift for dessert, then another clue/gift for a nice evening stroll... with her being treated like a queen at each place.

No, I've no idea how to make it work. :p Sounds romantic and sweet, though, doesn't it?That is something I will think about, just sappy enough for her to love it!:D


...a mushy card and a dinner out.That's what we usually do, so I thought I'd try something different this year. Although I have learned (the hard way) not to mention her actual age at dinner :eek:

Brita
09-17-2008, 02:16 PM
I like Cary's idea too- I would love that if my hubby did it for me!

The best advice I have is don't try to impress, try to express. Think about something that is important to her or unique to her and see where that takes you. I think people in general appreciate a thoughtful, meaningful gift more than an extravagant one.

Good luck and have fun! ;)

Cary Sedai
09-17-2008, 02:22 PM
That is something I will think about, just sappy enough for her to love it!:D

I am all about sappy! :D

(oh and being a princess!)

Davian93
09-17-2008, 02:28 PM
I like Cary's idea too- I would love that if my hubby did it for me!

The best advice I have is don't try to impress, try to express. Think about something that is important to her or unique to her and see where that takes you. I think people in general appreciate a thoughtful, meaningful gift more than an extravagant one.

Good luck and have fun! ;)

That's crazy talk.

Money=Love ;)



Just kidding.

Crispin's Crispian
09-17-2008, 02:32 PM
Have you thought about doing something "in-house"? IT's a lot cheaper if you make the food yoruself, and you can decorate the house with romantic stuff or just birthday stuff. Or just give the house a really good cleaning. Women love that, and you can probably knock $15 off the price. ;)

Ishara
09-17-2008, 02:55 PM
I like the treasure hunt indea, but you could do it locally too, no need to limit it to restaurants and bars, maybe the park where you guys take your kids?

But I have to say that a top notch scrubbing of the house (we're talking floorboards and windows, the works), would be spectacular...

Gilshalos Sedai
09-17-2008, 03:07 PM
Spend $75 on a maid service for a month. I would kill for that present. Especially with the mess my house is currently.

Brita
09-17-2008, 03:10 PM
Spend $75 on a maid service for a month. I would kill for that present. Especially with the mess my house is currently.

That is a great idea in theory. $ 75 won't get you much though. Just from experience here anyway. I had a cleaning lady come twice a month for a total of 3 hours each visit and that cost $165 dollars! (Although I kinda think I was getting screwed)

Gilshalos Sedai
09-17-2008, 03:18 PM
Well, maid service runs MUCH cheaper in Texas. MUCH. [/insert tasteless illegal alien joke here.]

Brita
09-17-2008, 03:19 PM
Well, maid service runs MUCH cheaper in Texas. MUCH. [/insert tasteless illegal alien joke here.]

Aaah- I see. Then that is a GREAT idea for a present!

Crispin's Crispian
09-17-2008, 04:38 PM
Aaah- I see. Then that is a GREAT idea for a present!
Unless she'll be running for some sort of public office, because hiring a "questionably documented" worker is a bad idea.

I love the idea of maid service, but it always kind of creeps me out to think of someone cleaning up my shit. It's just kind of weird.

Brita
09-17-2008, 05:58 PM
I love the idea of maid service, but it always kind of creeps me out to think of someone cleaning up my shit. It's just kind of weird.

My hubby felt the same way. I convinced him to give it a try- and overall it was disappointing- but the weirdness does wear off.

Uncle Fisty
09-17-2008, 07:15 PM
Have you thought about doing something "in-house"? IT's a lot cheaper if you make the food yoruself, and you can decorate the house with romantic stuff or just birthday stuff.
I already do most of the cooking in the house. She's kind of spoiled that way. Once a week, usually Sunday, I make a huge meal that takes at least an hour of prep time. It's the kind of meals you would be proud to invite family over for. Last week I made chicken breasts stuffed with prosciutto, basil and cheese, served over angel hair pasta in a light cream sauce, with a side of steamed asparagus. I like to cook.

I love the idea of maid service, but it always kind of creeps me out to think of someone cleaning up my shit. It's just kind of weird.
That is precisely the reason that I will never hire a maid service. It seems so... invasive.

Or just give the house a really good cleaning. Women love that, and you can probably knock $15 off the price.;)
I typically go all out cleaning the house every other month or so. Usually when Cat's not home so she doesn't give me any flak about the way I do it.:D Not to say I don't help out cleaning house through the week. She'd hurt me :(

I like the treasure hunt indea, but you could do it locally too, no need to limit it to restaurants and bars, maybe the park where you guys take your kids?
I'm really diggin the treasure hunt idea. Perhaps use that as a way to get her out of the house while I set up a surprise party? Hmm...

tanaww
09-17-2008, 07:40 PM
I vote for the treasure hunt. It's cute.

Anaiya Sedai
09-17-2008, 07:58 PM
treasure hunts are great :)
I did one for jay's 18th a few years ago, but with obviously limited resources. I would love to have someone do that for me.
but then, I like romantic stuff :D

pops taer
09-17-2008, 08:42 PM
Heck, I'm a hairy legged ole guy, I think ~checks for hair~ Ouch...yep they are still there...

And I'd love that kind of thing. And I'd do my best to please my "Bride" afterwards....:D

irerancincpkc
09-18-2008, 07:45 AM
The treasure hunt idea is really good.

For my gf's last birthday, I cooked dinner then (tried) to sing all her favorite songs. I think it ended up being more funny then sweet like I wanted, but it was something different. My advice would be that you know what your wife likes; just do whatever feels right. :D