QC Career School

Down Home Social

Emily Crites

event planner, wedding planner

Emily Crites

Ottawa, ON

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with details, and I am so happy to be able to put my talents to good use!

A self-professed professional DIY’er with an entrepreneurial spirit, I strive for the “Wow!” factor. I crave it.

From a young age my family and friends called me Martha. I was steady rearranging furniture or drawing and painting on bedroom walls (and sometimes even fruit!). Arts and crafts were something I needed to be doing. I got antsy if I couldn’t create, and I’m still just like that little girl.

Somewhere along my 12 year career in the hospitality industry I realized my passion and talent for designing sweets, pulling together themes and colors as well as pinpointing details. I decided that my talents needed a different outlet, and I am pleased to offer these skills professionally.

Some of my most favorite things that continue to inspire me are:
-The delicate, paper thin petals of peonies and poppies; and of course just about any fresh bouquet!
-The country look and feel of a burlap and lace combination
-Anything and everything east coast and nautical inspired
-Your next event!

So let’s grab a coffee and talk about your next to-do and what inspires you!


Down Home Social is an Ottawa & the Valley based styling, planning and small rental service.

We have a soft spot for all things rustic, vintage and pre-loved with character and untold stories.

Every event, celebration and occasion should be unique and completely customized. Please contact us for your personalized quote. We'd love to hear from you!

Below are services that we offer. Services can be individual or paired to cater to your needs.

-Event design & planning
-Photo booths
-Desserts/Dessert & Sweets Tables
-Inspiration/Theme Boards
-Table Décor
-Vintage Rentals