Jamie Foxx was convinced his loved ones had forgotten about his birthday when he showed up to a deserted dinner party on Thursday (13Dec12).

The Ray star headed to New York City's Mr. Chow restaurant with a friend to celebrate his 45th birthday and was stunned to discover no one was there.

The pal then asked Foxx to accompany him on a quick errand, and the disheartened actor agreed to go along - only to be taken to a surprise bash at the General, an eatery due to open in Manhattan's Lower East Side next month (Jan13) which was especially opened for his group.

Twenty-five of the star's nearest and dearest, including his daughter Corinne Bishop, began singing Happy Birthday to Foxx when he arrived, reports the New York Post.