How to Get Free Food for a Birthday

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Birthdays are a time to celebrate with friends and family, often through sharing gifts and food. Many restaurants and sweet shops offer the gift of free food for guests who are celebrating a birthday. When you plan your next birthday bash, follow these simple steps to eat for free on your special day.

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    Use the Internet to plan your birthday outing. Visit the Web sites of your favorite restaurants to discover who offers free food for birthdays. Many chain restaurants only offer birthday freebies to guests who register online, so make sure you complete all necessary steps before your birthday outing.

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    Call local restaurants that do not have a Web site or whose Web sites don't have information about birthday deals. Your favorite local eatery may offer unadvertised free food for patrons celebrating a birthday.

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    Plan to visit more than one location. Although many restaurants will give you free food on your birthday, it will often be in the form of dessert. Find a restaurant that will provide a complementary meal, then visit another restaurant or sweet shop for dessert.

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    Call ahead of your birthday meal to inform the staff that a member of your party will be celebrating a birthday. Confirm with the host your understanding of the restaurant's free birthday offerings. Make sure to remind the hostess about the birthday celebration upon arrival.

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    Sit back, relax and enjoy your free birthday treats. Nothing beats laughing and eating with loved ones while listening to the harmonious singing wait staff!

Tips and warnings

  • Many restaurants only provide free birthday food for children. If you're planning an outing for an adult, make sure that free food offers apply.
  • Some chains offer birthday coupons that must be printed online. Others require registration and mail coupons upon completion. Make sure to read the fine print online to ensure you receive your free birthday food.

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