Harry’s Birthday

Back in June we celebrated Harry’s birthday with a family meal under the oak tree.

We supped on all of his favourites and stayed up late into the night chatting and drinking port in the cool evening air.

But like any good princess, Harry had two parties this year!

This weekend we celebrated again, in a slightly less civilised fashion.

It all started nicely enough.

Harry’s friends arrived in the late afternoon. We went for a walk, hulled hundreds of strawberries.

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Grabbed drinks from the bar and roamed the grounds in search of shady spots to sit and chat.

My playsuit // PW’s dress

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All my jewels are Silver May pieces on a long chain

I think it’s safe to say Monty had a good time!

^ The most popular game at any country knees up!

You take it in turns to hit your nail with the wrong end of the hammer. The first person to completely nail their nail, wins… and everyone else finishes their drink.

Phoebe and I like to play a much more lethal version. Two hammers, two nails, someone yells “go!” and we just race (none of that taking turns malarky!) It’s always furious, there’s lots of shouting and it invariably ends up with a shrieking Pheebs having to finish her drink, in fits of giggles.

At supper time we all moved into one of the barns, which we had stuffed to the gills with candles, tables and benches.

Even Hector had a spot on the seating plan!

H gave a little speech and we all tucked in.

Two terrifying dinner ladies offered up seconds.

After we’d all eaten our fill of mum’s world famous lasagna, the drinking games started.

As did the singing.

But when Wagon Wheel:

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Came on, it all descended into madness. Everyone took to their chairs for a belting rendition of the Bob Dylan classic.

And there we stayed for a few more numbers.

But of course it was Harry who beckoned us all to the dancefloor with his signature moves.

It was one hell of a party.

We all danced late into the night, before sitting and telling stories by the fire… and then popping back in for another little boogie or two.

Couples paired off, one set even stayed up until sunrise before falling asleep in a bath! (You know who you are!)

It was so lovely to get Harry’s friends together for a evening of silliness to show him just how much he means to us.

He organised a great shindig, but it’s worth remembering;

Behind every great man is his girlfriend, giving him the support he needs…

Happy Birthday H!

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  • Aw wow, looks like you had one hell of a party! (And I love what you did with the barn!)

    A big belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your bro =)


    • I couldn’t agree more! It really does look like one hell of a party!

      Rosie, would you be able to do a post on how to throw the perfect party? I’d love to know your thoughts on it.

      Beth x

  • patrickji

    Is that your parents house? Looks lovely

  • Everyone looks like adorable Dalmatians with their newly found spots. Looks like a great day.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Your brother needs his own blog…he truly does……I loved reading this post. 😉

  • Chloe Hall

    Your relationship with your family is so lovely to see and one of the reasons I love your blog. I went for an interview recently and didn’t get the job because (and I quote) ‘you seemed like a very emotional person, you talked about your family when I asked about your hobbies and personal life, and I just don’t like emotional people’ …wow! I think I had a lucky escape from that company – being close to your family is only ever a good thing!

    Chloe x

    • When I’ve been asked about my hobbies in previous job interviews, I always lie and something relevant to the job description/role rather than my actual hobbies…I think it’s kind of a trick question really! They want to see how’ll you *fit in. Although you do sound like you had a lucky escape. 😉 x

  • Nellie

    What is the game you play where you dirt your faces with the end of the corks? I’m intrigued!

  • That Harry has some killer moves!
    Decor was fab and party looked amazing.
    Only problem is i now have Wagon Wheel stuck in my head and can’t stop singing it haha x

  • TheUniStudent

    That photo of you feeding Hector with the green lazer light is fantastic!
    (as is the last one, of course) – felt part of the family in this one, thanks Rosie!

  • Lily Hartley

    Gorgeous photographs, looks like you had a lovely time 🙂 and I LOVE your playsuit!


  • Haidee De Fraine
  • Shade of Red Blog

    Happy birthday, Harry! What a great party, and your mum is such a good sport for cooking lasagne for all these people!

  • What an incredible party. I love the way these things always start so civilised and then descend into a drunken rave!! The barn is awesome, its looks just like a night club!

    Lots of love,


    SilverSpoon London

  • Looks like you had an amazing time Rose! Also love love love your playsuit, it looks so nice on you but super comfy too! xx


  • Daniella

    I ADORE your blog Rose! Beautiful post!!! Quick question, I hope you don’t mind! I’m going away next week to Africa and I’m struggling with finding a decent foundation! I don’t have gorgeous brown freckled skin like you and often have breakouts! Is there anything you could recommend please? Xxxx

  • Haha!! This looks like so much fun – i LOVE barn venues, the photos are amazing. My favourite one being the sneeky treat to the dog 🙂

    you know how to host a party!

    Mollie x

  • Emma

    Wow, amazing post! Looks like you had fun! Check out my blog: http://www.foxtrotbravo.blogspot.com for all things fashion and beauty!

  • great photos 🙂 x

  • Looks like an awesome birthday party! Love your playsuit too! xx


  • Tatum Willis

    Wagon Wheel is really the only way to have a party.

  • There’s something so special about having a night out without actually having to go ‘out’. Such a stunning location! Love the bare feet especially.

  • What a rockin party! You guys certainly know how to throw a fab event. Can we sneak in next time? A couple hundred readers won’t hurt will it 😉 Now when can we get our hands on that lasagne recipe!

  • Coralie Rose

    WOW looks like a true fiesta!!
    Happy Birthday Harry!


  • Haha looks like an absolute BLAST!!!! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Barns are the best parties. I once went to my friend’s Country and Western 21st in her barn. #IWantABarn. X

  • Haha his poor GF at the end. Looks like a fab party. Family parties are the best aren’t they?

    The picture of you, Mummy Londoner and Phoebe is stunning – definitely one for a photo frame!

    Katie <3

  • Shirin

    I listened to the track as I looked through the pictures and I could imagine all the stomping and romping in the barn.. Great post Rosie 🙂

  • You guys know how to party !!!!! Love your photos…. even those at night did not turn noisy…Did you use a tripod?

    <3 <3 from Mahshid مهشید



  • Callie

    Wicked fun post Rose!! Looks like one awesome party!! Happy Birthday H!! xx

  • I love how you’re all just hangin’ out barefoot. Great party!



  • Brilliant post and photos! I want a party barn!!

    Happy Birthday Harry!

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  • skybluesounds

    This party looks like so much fun!!!! I LOVE Wagon Wheel, it is one of my all-time favorites. It gets played at bars here in GA all the time, that’s so funny that you guys like that song too!

    xo Patricia

  • Looks like everyone had a great time! Happy birthday to harry 🙂

  • Aw the picture where all three of you are sitting up super straight on the bench is so cute! Glad you had a great time! 🙂


  • Jennifer Tate

    Ooh is the tall dashing chap you’re sitting next to your man? You look lovely x

  • Stephanie

    All the best people have two birthdays! What incredible photographs!





  • arielle q.

    loving your playsuit! and your friend’s dainty jewelry. gorgeous photos!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • great photos!! Looks so much fun x


  • Harry’s a lucky boy to have such a great birthday party! It all looks amazing! Little London Girl x http://www.littlelondongirl.co.uk

  • Zoe

    This looks like the most marvelous party! It’s definitely giving me lots of inspiration for my next get-together 🙂 Happiest birthday to your brother, I’m so glad you were all able to have the best time celebrating together! xx

    The What’s In Between

  • That looks like an amazing party!! Lucky Harry! x Kate

  • So many beautiful images !

    I love the playsuit

    Visit me on – MUNTU

  • Queenie Lee

    Fab photos of a fab bday! xxx


  • This looks like such an amazing party! Having it in a barn is something I’ve always wanted to do, but January babies must have indoor parties sadly! It’s lovely that you got to spend so much wonderful time with your family as well <3

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Susanne V.

    Looks like one hell of a good party that everyone enjoyed. 🙂

  • Katja

    This looks like so much fun! What a nice birthday party 🙂
    Rose, I know that it has nothing to do with this post (well your playsuit and your amazing legs have..) but have you ever suffered from cellulite or stretch marks? You have such an incredible figure!!!Maybe you have some advices. I would really appreciate it xxx

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Look like you all enjoyed yourselves!!



  • Valerie

    This is the cutest playsuit! And this party looks EPIC!! xx

  • Looks so Fun Rosie! I hope you enjoyed it!

    Michaela X


  • definitely looks like a true party, country parties are the best so much space to dance !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Looks like you had a blast! Wouldn’t mind going to a party like that! 😀


  • Jannah

    that looks like the best party EVER.

  • Jenni Kähkönen

    This was my all time favorite post of yours!! Everybody looks so happy and so much in life that with the wagon wheel playing on the background I honestly got a little bit teary-eyed. This wrapped up all the best things in life to one post; family, best friends, food,dancing, singing and talking by the fire. Thank you for making this wonderful day even better:)

  • This looks such a fabulous knees up, the atmosphere really jumped off the screen at me!
    Hugs xoxo

  • Shaleen G

    Seriously looks like such a good time.

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  • looks like an awesome party 🙂


  • TB

    The tallest man on the planet in the checked shirt that you’re standing next to…he is dishy! Single? *fingers crossed!!*
    TB x

  • ahhh this looks amazing! Really the past few months have had some of my favorite posts! This one is so much fun! Every time you’re at your parents home I can’t help but think that it must be paradise. I’m from California so all the green looks even more beautiful to me since were in such a severe draught and all the pictures are so beautiful and green. I’m always so jealous.

    Wonderful post as always Rosie!

  • Corrie

    Fabulous post–as always. LOVE Old Crow Medicine Show–their Wagon Wheel is the best. Happy birthday to your brother!!

  • Livinz

    I think I’ve spotted the camera-shy man. Also – I’m always incredibly jealous of these beautiful little parties you have. When this Kiwi finally moves to London I want an invite. Hehe. 🙂 x

  • Victoria Jackson

    Great photos and it looks like a fab party!

    I love Monty’s Amber necklace, my little boy has one too. They’re fab!

  • How fun! I can’t believe Wagon Wheel is as popular over there as it is off of Fraternity row here is the South! Looks like y’all had a wonderful time!!


  • This is one hell of a party! There is absolutely nothing better than a great time with friends and family!


  • Brittany

    So fun!! I have a theory that the good looking guy with Hector and your best friend is your Mysterious Man 🙂

  • This looks like one hell of a party! A very grown up party *wink* I love your playsuit!

    Happy belated birthday to Harry!

    xo Kelly


  • I want a birthday party like this! Happy birthday to your little bro! Love the sound of the nails drinking game – I think I’d be tempted to screw the rules and play the dangerous version too… (Way too impatient!)

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • Jess

    SUPER important question: Phoebe’s necklace, 1) is that a pear?! 2) WHERE DO I GET ONE?! I have been searching for a nice pear pendant for aaaages (it’s a name thing. If something has a pear on it I want it). I will now calm down and go back to view all the awesome photos.

  • Harry has the best moves! Excellent post Rosie xx

  • Meredith

    What is that nail polish color called from the picture on Instagram towards the beginning of the post? I am dying to get it!

  • Ali

    Oh I love Harry’s girlfriend, she is so adorable 🙂

  • kameeknu

    Oh my goodness this looks like so much fun!