Invited to a new boyfriend's dad's birthday dinner

I have been dating a guy for two months and just recently, briefly met his family. They asked him to invite me to his dad's upcoming birthday dinner. I just met hiis dad once and the relationship is still new enough that I don't know enough about him to get him a good gift. What is the etiquette for the dinner? Am I obligated to get a gift? A card? Who pays for dinner?

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Birthday Gift
by: Ms P Etiquette

New girlfriend~

You must have made quite an impression on your friend's family to be invited to this important celebration!

It is polite for you to give his father a birthday card. A gift is not appropriate. Sign the card as you would for anyone you hardly know; warm but not too personal.

You are an invited guest to this party indicating that either your boyfriend and/or his family should pay for the dinner.

Enjoy yourself!
Ms. Practical Etiquette

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