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A true celebration was had this weekend: Lillian’s Flamingo Fete!

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The littlest shoppe girl at Emily McCarthy Studio celebrated her 1st birthday in true coastal fashion. Planning her birthday party and deciding which special elements to use from the shoppe was a true joy! As you may recall, it was just over a year ago that I created the flamingo bamboo pattern specifically for Lillian’s nursery. Little did I know this special ode to my sweet daughter would be a shoppe favorite, selling in upholstery, coasters, folded note cards, wallpaper… and so much more!

It’s all about details, especially first a first birthday party! We stayed true to the tropical, Southern flare we always love. The frosted flamingo party cups were just the beginning of the flamingo fete fun. You can see that there were notes of the classic Emily McCarthy favorite emerald green tied in, as well.

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From the shoppe: Ceramic Pineapple (in shoppe only) // Frosted Flamingo Cups

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From the shoppe: Custom Cocktail Napkins (similar here)

Sweet Lillian received a very special gift reminiscent of her great grandmother, the first Lillian. Grandma Lillian made a baby grand piano for me when I was a young girl, and it was (and is) one of the most special gifts I’ve ever received. I wanted to do something special and memorable for my own Lillian.

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Baby Grand Piano Bench: Custom painted by Emily McCarthy

The joy in her face as she played with her newest instrument was just as real as the joy she experienced when she got to take her brand new wheels for a spin! Decked out in her own custom monogram, she can now travel the world (or the driveway) along side her big brother until her heart’s content!

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Lillian’s custom monogram designed by Emily McCarthy // Commission your own custom monogram here!LilliansFlamingoFete (40 of 202)

Aside from the gifts… what about the food? We can admit, often the decor is more a nod toward Mom and Dad’s tastes (for a first birthday!) but the food has to be all about the guest of honor! We chose easy foods that Lillian loves, and made sure the presentation was fun and accessible for little hands.

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Palm Beach Wooden Swizzle Stick Set // Pink Confetti (in shoppe only)
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Overall, a good time was had by all! Family and friends made the day so special for our favorite flamingo princess. Rhett was such a proud big brother, and had no shortage on the fun or the messy face!

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While it’s hard to believe an entire year has passed, it’s hard to imagine life before this perfect Red-Head joined our family. Making this day special for her was an honor and a blessing, just as having her in our lives is to us. Looking forward to more special, styled events for the youngest McCarthy and the entire family.

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Emily McCarthy

2 comments

  1. FG lulu says

    Well tearful again seeing these fabulous pictures the thing that really gets to me is the genuine rhett has for his little sister !!! He seems so proud and patient and adoring !!! What a fabulous party with all the stops pulled out but that’s the emily way !!! Another fabulous day in the life of EJM !!!! ❤️❤️


    June 2, 2016
  2. FG lulu says

    Genuine LOVE Rhett has for Lillian !!!!


    June 2, 2016
Categories: entertaining, lillian, Lillian Joy

I had to share a few snippets of our latest trip down to Tybee for the afternoon. You’ll also notice a few of my favorite things like the new Sundress cover-up and The Beaufort Bonnet Company for the kids.

This was Miss Lillian’s first beach trip and we dipped her tiny toes in the ocean!

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  1. Sarai @ Confessions of an ex-ballerina says

    You have some cute kids. Love the hats too. 🙂


    July 29, 2015
Categories: in the life of..., Lillian Joy, motherhood

Our little bundle of “joy” arrived in May 28th and we have been enjoying baby snuggles and coos 24/7. I’ve also enjoyed a little quiet time here at home with my kiddos – creatively, it was the perfect time to take a break and have some relaxation. I have no doubt that this time will rejuvenate my creative spirit and I will be back soon in the studio!

For now, let me present my little miss!

Born May 28th at 11:07 am

Weighing 6 pounds and 19 inches long

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Categories: in the life of..., Lillian Joy, motherhood