hate birthday parties for me, love to give surprise parties to unsuspecting females.
best move yet was, take partner camping, no shower for 3 days, looked like you-know-what. Just "had" to get home (her birthday is New Year's Eve) because we like to be home and avoid the world that day. She was suspicious (it was her 40th) but I said I wouldn't be caught dead looking (and smelling) like an unwashed dog, which she was glad to hear.
25 people in the house when we got home. I am still in dog house 6 years later...