We’ve all been there. The group chat is buzzing with plans for a legendary night out, but there’s one tiny hurdle: getting permission from your partner. Fear not, for with a strategic approach and a sprinkle of humor, you can navigate this challenge like a pro. Here’s your step-by-step guide to securing that elusive “yes.”

Start the evening by showering your partner with genuine (or semi-genuine) compliments. Aim for flattery that borders on Shakespearean.

“Darling, have I ever told you that your eyes shine brighter than a thousand suns? And your smile could melt the polar ice caps.”

Your partner will likely respond with suspicion: “What do you want?”

This is a good sign. It means they’re paying attention.

Next, you must demonstrate your unparalleled value as a domestic deity. Knock out the chores like a caffeinated squirrel. “Honey, just thought you should know I’ve swept the entire house, done the dishes, and even organized the sock drawer by colour.”

At this point, your partner might look at you as if you’ve grown a second head. That’s normal.

Now, sweeten the deal with an irresistible offer. Food usually works wonders.

“How about I order your favourite food tonight? You deserve a break. I’ll even throw in some extra dessert.” Watch as your partner’s resolve begins to waver at the mention of Pad Thai. The key here is to offer something that makes staying in seem equally appealing.

Time for the big reveal. Casually drop your request like it’s an afterthought.

“Oh, by the way, the guys are thinking of catching up tonight. I was wondering if I could join them for just a couple of hours?”

Cue the puppy-dog eyes. This is a crucial moment. Channel your inner lost puppy who just wants to frolic with his pack.

Be prepared for negotiations. Your partner might want something in return, like a romantic comedy movie night or a foot massage.

“Sure, you can go out, but you owe me a chick flick marathon and a foot rub this weekend. Accept graciously. You’re in no position to bargain.

Assure your partner of your impeccable time management skills. “I’ll be back before midnight, I promise. I’ve already set my alarm and I’ll even take a cab home.” At this point, if your partner rolls their eyes but says “Okay,” you’ve won.