Veteran crooner Rod Stewart marked his impending 69th birthday this week (beg06Jan14) by hosting a special dinner with his family in Los Angeles.

The Scottish star celebrates his big day on Friday (10Jan14), and he marked the occasion early by taking his California-based relatives out for a meal at a restaurant on the city's famous Sunset Boulevard.

The group included Stewart's grown-up children Kimberly, Sean and Ruby, as well as the singer's wife Penny Lancaster.

During the meal, the Maggie May hitmaker was seen sporting a comedy red nose, and his daughter Ruby posted a snap to her Instagram.com page at her father's request.

She writes in a caption, "My dad asked me to capture this moment and to 'send it around the world' for his 69th birthday... Hope he is not disappointed with a mere 1823 people (Instagram followers)..."