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Rhett will be 2 in December and I can’t even begin to believe it! It feels like yesterday that we were planning last year’s party. It occurred to me that I never shared all of the details of Rhett’s Southern-themed First Birthday Party! We kept food simple for adults and kids, but spiced it up with presentation. I hand-drew the invitation and incorporated his signature nursery fabric into the design and details of the party. Most importantly, Rhett LOVED his cake, had a blast with his friends and we equally had a blast in that fabulous back porch photo booth!

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy / Photo booth

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy / Ornament Making Station as Party Favors

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy - Kid's Table

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy - Party Food Presentation Ideas

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy

Rhett's Southern First Birthday Party by Emily McCarthy

Sources: Gigi’s Cupcakes thanks to Bethany in Savannah!, Meredith – my awesome assistant, The Monogram Place for embroidery, Gigi for making his Bow-tie, Mom for helping with all of the morning-of preparation!

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  1. Ivy says

    My son’s birthday is Rhett also!! He will be 1 Nov. 2nd! Love the birthday pics!

    October 1, 2013
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I just love designing one-of-a-kind monograms for our wonderful clients! Our couture monograms over at EMMA J DESIGN are a perfect example of how to brand yourself in a unique style that reflects your personality. Monograms are used in business, stationery, party accessories and much more. We have designed a beautiful collection of custom monogram options available for purchase in the SHOPPE. Couture monograms can be commissioned by contacting [email protected]. Here is a sampling of the latest batch of custom orders!

Couture Monogram Design by Emily McCarthy

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Talent Quote by Joel Osteen - Artwork by Emily McCarthy


I cannot begin to tell you how much I truly believe this. I’ve always said that if you are doing what God created you to do, your life will flourish and you will live pure joy. Work isn’t work if you truly love what you’re doing. It’s what you were destined to do in this world. God gave you talents, use them. Build on them. Apply them to your everyday life and the people that surround you. Maybe it’s the ability to care for others, or maybe you find happiness in teaching. If you haven’t found this little gift, take a look at your passions. Are you living your passion every day?

I never worry about business – honest statement.  Do I always want to do better? Of course. But I honestly never work about work coming my way. I truly believe it’s because I found my calling…my purpose. God will always provide and take care of us. I sleep good every night because I live by this. It will give you quite the feeling of peace and contentment. I encourage you do seek the same state of mind.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy reflecting!

Emily McCarthy

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Savannah Magazine Party

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We were thrilled to hear from Vasia Photography over at EMMA J DESIGN. Vasia wanted a new branding for her photography business that was fashion-forward, feminine and modern. We love how it turned out – check out Vasia’s beautiful work! She is located in Vancouver and is uber talented!

VASIA Photography Branding by Emily McCarthyVASIA Photography Branding Design - Print Accessories by Emily McCarthy

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  1. Mimi says

    This is stunning! I am in LOVE with the decorative “V” used for the initial! Beautiful. Where can I find this one?

    December 22, 2015
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My favorite thing is to piece together the perfect entertaining ‘kit’ for impromptu entertaining! Your bar is stocked and accessories are gleaming – waiting for guests! You can see my bar cart here and how we are ready for a party anytime! Choose your style, color and coordinate your accessories to match in the Emily McCarthy Shoppe. These make great gifts for wedding showers, newlywed, new home owners and Christmas! Happy Entertaining!

Design your signature Party Wardrobe with Emily McCarthy

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New office inspiration from Emily McCarthy

We are SO thrilled to be redoing the office over the next week. There is nothing that inspires and rejuvenates me more than a new office space. As a designer, I need to be surrounded by beautiful and inspiration quotes, patterns, textures and colors. When we moved into our house a couple of years ago, the main focus was the nursery, then we have slowly moved throughout the house with the help of dear friend and designer, Kathryn Myrick. I finally hit a wall with the scuffed blush walls (previously a little girl’s room!) and light stained wood cabinets. Hello, 1980’s. Well everything is getting a fresh coat of glossy white paint and yours truly will be hand painting…wait for it…CHEETAH print on the accent wall behind my desk. Our Ikea desks and shelving is awaiting the vigorous assembly and my beautiful collection of art prints are waiting to be hung. Now, on to find these chairs! This new studio will be such a happy place for me and Meredith! Metallics + Bold + Cheetah + Color = everything this designer could dream of! After photos up next! xo

Sources COLOR Print by Pencil Shavings Studio /// SPARKLE Print by Emily McCarthy /// KATE SPADE Print in pink /// IKEA Desk and Shelving /// SEMIKOLON Organizers /// Whitney English Day Designer /// Nate Berkus Pen Holder

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  1. Libby says

    Love your studio office! Enjoyed being there the other day with you creative gals!!

    September 23, 2013


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UNITED WE STAND - artwork by Emily McCarthy

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  1. nancy says

    LOVE THIS! especially in light of the debates on tv today suggesting that we shouldn’t remember this anniversary anymore. We should never ever forget this day in our country’s history.


    September 11, 2013
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Free Shipping at the Emily McCarthy Shoppe - Now until Tuesday! Stock up on fall entertaining and gifts!

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  1. Christina M. says

    Congrats!! You are such an inspiration!

    September 6, 2013
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I am SO SO thrilled to announcement that we will be hosting a Pop-Up Shoppe here in Savannah at Bleubelle Boutique! Since we are strictly a studio-based business, we thought it would be so fun to host a shopping day and prosecco party! We will be there all day with sample of all of our new products AND a few new products – all of which can be ordered in time for the holidays! This is a perfect opportunity to check off your gift list and get ready for holiday entertaining! Customers that attend will receive 10% off all of their custom orders! Save the date and join us November 7th! Cheers! Preview and make your list by visiting the online shoppe!

Pop-Up Shoppe for Emily McCarthy!

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