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Split-the-check celebrations at restaurants are quite common, and they're just fine in Social Grace's book. The nature of this dinner probably has your invited friends expecting to make a show of reaching for wallets when the check arrives -- perhaps even to pay for their meals (and a portion of yours). But, strictly speaking, if one invites guests to dine, one is responsible for providing the food. That is, unless one makes other conditions clear in the invitation -- "I'm treating dear G. to dinner at Cafe Pricey; would you like to join us?" or "Wouldn't it be fun if we all got together and took G. out to dinner next Saturday?" Otherwise, your girlfriend is responsible for paying for the guests (as are you, if your relationship is of the joint-finances sort). Happy birthday.

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