I Turned 21! My Birthday in Photos

On October 17th, it was my 21st birthday. Last year I posted about 20 Things I Have Learnt In 20 Years and I wasn’t sure what to do for this year. I decided that it would be perfect to create a ‘photo diary’ of what I did with my friends and family as a little reminder for myself in years to come.

The Party

My housemates were totally amazing and did a treasure hunt for 21 gifts for my birthday. They totally understood that anything bought for my bedroom had to match my colour theme (yeah, I’m that person!) and spoilt me with presents that made my university bedroom feel like home. In second year, I had a very small room and I was really limited in the decorations I could have. So when I moved into my much larger room, it felt really empty and I loved getting photos, candles and more to make me feel more at home.

On the weekend before my birthday, we celebrated by hosting a house party. You guys may know that I am bit of a crazy, events obsessed loon so I almost tried to make it like any other event! We had drinking jenga which went down a treat and if you want to know how we did it, I have linked my pinterest board of house party ideas here which feature some photos of the game. It was really love to bring the flat and our friends together for a whole night.

We had tables for beer pong and flippy cup games too that got everyone bonding who hadn’t previously met.

We also got a Snapchat photo which was so much fun and totally worth it! I would definitely recommend getting one if you’re hosting any events as it’s something a bit more interesting and fun. They do Facebook ones now too if that is more up your street.

If you’re interested, the banner behind us (photo below) was from eBay and was only £2.99 here with free delivery! I have linked it if you’re after one.

We also got some amazing decorations from Poundland that we have left up because they were so cute. You could get these lovely paper pom pom decorations that you could fan out for such a bargain and I love them! If you wanted to get your hands on some, eBay have loads in so many colours. I have them linked here if you’re interested.

With The Boyf

Adam came up for my actual birthday which was so lovely and was actually the first time we got to see each other since I had gone back to university. We had quite a relaxed time but we did go out for a meal on my actual birthday to Prezzo. Basically, we are just suckers for Italian food! He totally spoilt me too which was so lovely and it was nice to just have some chilled out time together and cool down from a busy weekend!

At Home

I had an absolutely lovely meal at home with some of my family and Adam where I was surprised with the funds to go to New York. New York has always been a total dream for me and has been on my bucket list for years so I was speechless when I opened all my clues! If you haven’t seen my bucket list post before, I have it here if you’re interested.

My mum also completely spoilt me and I wasn’t expecting it at all. I love Gucci Premiere perfume and have been rationing a bottle for 3 years now so it’s was amazing to finally get another bottle! Mum also got me a ukuele music book as that is hopefully going to be my next Christmas present!

Finally, I treated myself. I have wanted another tattoo for ages and I decided to take the plunge and get the geometric cat I have been lusting after for around 5 years. I am totally obsessed with it! If you look at the top of my homepage, where my Instagram posts are displayed, you should see it there!

I do only have two tattoos but they both have a lot of meaning behind them so let me know if you would like me to discuss them in more detail in another post.

Turning 21 is a total milestone and I cannot believe how lucky I am to be surrounded by such amazing people. I cannot thank my friends, family and boyfriend for making it the most incredible birthday and one I will never forget!



  1. November 1, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Happy birthday 😁😁

  2. November 1, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    Sounds like it was an amazing day! You got spoiled by everyone including yourself 😂 I saw that tattoo on your Insta and it’s amazing! Personally, I’m interested in a post to find out more about your tattoos 🙂

    • November 5, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      It was great, I really was spoilt! Ahh thank you so much, I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 Oh really? Maybe I should just go for it! xx

  3. November 2, 2017 / 7:47 am

    I’m glad that you had a great birthday ella, it sounds lovely 🙂 Happy Belated Birthday! That’s so exciting, your going to New York :).

    • November 5, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! I know, I couldn’t be more excited! Got to get planning it now! xx

      • November 6, 2017 / 2:15 am

        anytime ella 🙂 and yeah I hear there is so much to see in New York.

  4. November 3, 2017 / 1:44 am

    Happy belated Birthday! Turning 21 is a big thing. You are the same age as my daughter! I wish you lots of joy, love and success for the years to come. You are a lovely lady. Like your new tattoo BTW. -Dominique

    • November 5, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Eeek, growing up too much for my liking, haha! Thank you so much 🙂 I am so glad you like the tattoo as well! xx

      • November 5, 2017 / 4:30 pm

        It is cute! What I like even more is that you did what your heart desires no matter what others may say. Hey, we have one life to live, better make the most of it and enjoy every little thing!

  5. November 5, 2017 / 7:40 am

    I can’t believe I didn’t comment on this before, I honestly thought I had – sorry lovely! Happy (v.belated) Birthday! ♥
    Sounds like a wonderful 21st, and such amazing news about the NY funds, that’s so exciting! 🙂
    Caz x

    • November 5, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you so so much!! It was just incredible, I was stupidly spoilt. I know, I just have to get planning it now!! xx

  6. November 6, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    A Very happy belated birthday hun and the pictures are all so stunning 💗🍰🤗

    • ellamaygarrett
      November 9, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Aw thank you so much! xx

  7. November 14, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Happy belated birthday!!! I enjoyed reading this post so much! Loved seeing your party pictures!!

    Having a catch up again because I didn’t see any of your posts … xxx

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