Cocktails and Clowns 2015

I recently had the pleasure of working with the Young Friends of St. Louis Children's Hospital on the 2015 Cocktails and Clowns event. Here's a look at some of the items I worked on:

 The invitations were printed in gold and black on a luxe cream paper, all sealed up in a gold shimmer envelope. The back of the invitation featured a map of the the best of St. Louis, which was the theme for the event. 

The invitations were printed in gold and black on a luxe cream paper, all sealed up in a gold shimmer envelope. The back of the invitation featured a map of the the best of St. Louis, which was the theme for the event. 

 The second card contained the reply and sponsor information. 

The second card contained the reply and sponsor information. 

 This ad was ran in Alive magazine. The event sold out so it must have done it's job!

This ad was ran in Alive magazine. The event sold out so it must have done it's job!

 The event was held at the beautiful Caramel Room in the Bissinger's Chocolate Factory located in downtown St. Louis. This sign was placed in the lobby and welcomed everyone to the party.

The event was held at the beautiful Caramel Room in the Bissinger's Chocolate Factory located in downtown St. Louis. This sign was placed in the lobby and welcomed everyone to the party.

 The Committee sign

The Committee sign

 The main room where the band was located along with the silent auction, raffle items and food stations.

The main room where the band was located along with the silent auction, raffle items and food stations.

 Gus' Pretzels, Kaldi's Coffee, Jilly's Cupcakes and Imo's Pizza were the featured food stations. My personal fave was the ice cream cone cupcakes at the Jilly's station... you had to be crazy if you didn't love them!

Gus' Pretzels, Kaldi's Coffee, Jilly's Cupcakes and Imo's Pizza were the featured food stations. My personal fave was the ice cream cone cupcakes at the Jilly's station... you had to be crazy if you didn't love them!

 There were SO many great items at the Silent Auction and Raffle tables. Unfortunately I didn't win anything...maybe next year!

There were SO many great items at the Silent Auction and Raffle tables. Unfortunately I didn't win anything...maybe next year!

 Raffle Tickets

Raffle Tickets

 The wine pull was really popular! I loved the sign and the whole concept. Plus, I went home with a really nice bottle of wine! 

The wine pull was really popular! I loved the sign and the whole concept. Plus, I went home with a really nice bottle of wine! 

 Sponsorship Sign

Sponsorship Sign

 Cocktail list

Cocktail list

 Walter Knoll Florist provided the amazing floral arrangements. 

Walter Knoll Florist provided the amazing floral arrangements. 

 Be sure to check out #STLclowns2015 on Twitter and Instagram to see more images from the night. 

Be sure to check out #STLclowns2015 on Twitter and Instagram to see more images from the night. 

 And of course I had to give myself a little shout out! A few of these signs were placed around the venue. I had so much fun working with Ashley Stokes and Kelly Glennon, the co-chairs for the event, along with Kathryn Lodes and Lauren Warner from St. Louis Children's Hospital. They made this event perfect!

And of course I had to give myself a little shout out! A few of these signs were placed around the venue. I had so much fun working with Ashley Stokes and Kelly Glennon, the co-chairs for the event, along with Kathryn Lodes and Lauren Warner from St. Louis Children's Hospital. They made this event perfect!

strong enough for a man.

When it comes to paper, the thicker the better! This stationery suite is for my very stylish friend, George. You can find him any old day dressed to the nines, complete with a pocket square....and now writing his correspondence in chic style.

 The envelope liners were inspired by a tie found at Brooks Brothers. 

The envelope liners were inspired by a tie found at Brooks Brothers. 

  Navy Paper S  ource cover stock was duplexed with a white sheet of 120# paper to make these super thick and durable. (Your friendly design tip for the day: Duplexing is the pasting of two sheets together, making one thicker sheet in the end. 120# white + 100# navy = thick!)

Navy Paper Source cover stock was duplexed with a white sheet of 120# paper to make these super thick and durable. (Your friendly design tip for the day: Duplexing is the pasting of two sheets together, making one thicker sheet in the end. 120# white + 100# navy = thick!)

cupcakes and stud muffins.

What is the perfect joint party for a sweet four year old boy and a sassy two year old girl? Most definitely a cupcake and stud muffin party! It comes complete with sprinkles!

 Our Little Cupcake and Stud Muffin are ready to celebrate!

Our Little Cupcake and Stud Muffin are ready to celebrate!

 Welcome signage

Welcome signage

 A Happy Birthday Roy & Emma Bunting Banner

A Happy Birthday Roy & Emma Bunting Banner

 Toppers for, what else, cupcakes!?

Toppers for, what else, cupcakes!?

 T-shirts for the guests of honor!

T-shirts for the guests of honor!

 No party is complete without a little thank you to send to family and friends. 

No party is complete without a little thank you to send to family and friends. 

oh deer.

Boy oh boy! These navy, mustard yellow and gray baby shower invitations are really unique. The inspiration came from the nursery and I couldn't be happier with the way they turned out. 

 The long, rectangle shape of the invitation will make these guys stand out in the mail! The Paper Source open ended envelopes gave them a very contemporary feel. 

The long, rectangle shape of the invitation will make these guys stand out in the mail! The Paper Source open ended envelopes gave them a very contemporary feel. 

 Advice cards for the mom-to-be. 

Advice cards for the mom-to-be. 

 All of the items had a different colored ikat backing. 

All of the items had a different colored ikat backing. 

a sweet southern shindig.

I recently had the joy of teaming up with my fave hostess with the mostess, Kim Mower. The soon to be mother of three and I have been planning parties together since the dark ages (aka before Pinterest and Etsy). We recently joined forces again to plan her one year old son's first birthday party. The theme: a sweet southern shindig - where you dress in the latest Vineyard Vines ensemble and eat fried chicken too.

 The invites played a BIG part in the event. They were a jumbo ONE in an oversized envelope, complete with monogrammed envelope liners. 

The invites played a BIG part in the event. They were a jumbo ONE in an oversized envelope, complete with monogrammed envelope liners. 

 The jumbo one motif played throughout the party and welcomed everyone to Mower Manor.

The jumbo one motif played throughout the party and welcomed everyone to Mower Manor.

 The place settings were decked out with custom plates, napkin wraps, monogrammed cups and oh-so-cute wooden utensils. 

The place settings were decked out with custom plates, napkin wraps, monogrammed cups and oh-so-cute wooden utensils. 

 I don't know what it is about wooden utensils but they really up the ante of a party!

I don't know what it is about wooden utensils but they really up the ante of a party!

 The cutest monogrammed cake was complete with a personalized cake banner. 

The cutest monogrammed cake was complete with a personalized cake banner. 

 The "Happy Birthday Reid" Bunting hung above the dining area. I'm sure it made the fried chicken taste that much better!

The "Happy Birthday Reid" Bunting hung above the dining area. I'm sure it made the fried chicken taste that much better!

 No party is complete without a custom poster or two!

No party is complete without a custom poster or two!

 The cake backdrop and photo-op. 

The cake backdrop and photo-op. 

 Reid gave everything a huge round of applause! 

Reid gave everything a huge round of applause! 

 And of course a southern gentleman would never forget his manners. The thank you's rounded out the event. 

And of course a southern gentleman would never forget his manners. The thank you's rounded out the event. 

keep on tonin'

I love doing design work for Tone Professional Fitness almost as much as I love working out there! Here is a small sampling of a few logos and social media images I have worked on lately. 

 Tone Fall Five was a workout challenge that took place over five weeks in October.

Tone Fall Five was a workout challenge that took place over five weeks in October.

 I am currently partaking in the Fat Loss Challenge and it is grueling! Check out Tone's  Blog  for fat loss and training tips.

I am currently partaking in the Fat Loss Challenge and it is grueling! Check out Tone's Blog for fat loss and training tips.

 The New Year's social scheme.

The New Year's social scheme.

 Here is a featured instagram image. Tone's classes are only 30 minutes long! 

Here is a featured instagram image. Tone's classes are only 30 minutes long! 

 Tone's instagram feed is full of inspiration. You never know, a photo of you pumping some iron might pop up! 

Tone's instagram feed is full of inspiration. You never know, a photo of you pumping some iron might pop up! 

'tis the season to be unique.

Here is a selection of a few unique cards I worked on this holiday season. Fun cuts, folds and extra elements always make things more festive!

 Naughty... a fun gift tag shape that can be hung on the tree!

Naughty... a fun gift tag shape that can be hung on the tree!

 or nice? ... Adding the extra tag with the merry greeting brought something fun to these cards.

or nice? ... Adding the extra tag with the merry greeting brought something fun to these cards.

 These fun little gift cards were by far my favorite this season! 

These fun little gift cards were by far my favorite this season! 

 I am obsessed with the custom cut bow and bold stripes!

I am obsessed with the custom cut bow and bold stripes!

 Opened up to a five photo spread.

Opened up to a five photo spread.

 Here is the same design customized for the announcement of their second baby girl!

Here is the same design customized for the announcement of their second baby girl!

 It opened up to a five photo spread and the sonogram! It was so cool to be involved in this surprise!

It opened up to a five photo spread and the sonogram! It was so cool to be involved in this surprise!

a very merry christmas.

I had the pleasure of working on SO many holiday cards this year! It was a good way to get in the Christmas spirit early in the season. Here are a few of my favorites. 

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ready for the day of.

Everything came together perfectly for these day of items with custom calligraphy printed on ivory paper finished with a bold red border. The set contains programs, table numbers, menus,  and custom signage.

happy birthday elsie.

Sweet little Elsie is turning one! She needed the perfect invites to match her orange, pink and yellow themed party. Her invites were based on these that I designed a few years ago. 

cocktails + clowns

I'm so honored to be a part of the Young Friends of Children's Hospital, Cocktails and Clowns event this year. I will be designing the invitations and signage for the event. Save the Date email is below. 

around the corner...

It's almost that time of year. Yes...Christmas is sneaking upon us once again! I've been so excited lately to receive emails inquiring about 2014 Christmas cards. Here are a few from last year to get us in the spirit! 

baby michael is one.

I have been excited for over a year to throw my nephew, Michael, his first birthday party. My sister, Casey, said that he was in love with a little play barn that he received as a present from our Aunt Kay, so we decided to throw him a good 'ol barnyard bash in our hometown of Alhambra, Illinois. 

 I knew the invitations needed to be something special for little Michael, so I decided to go with this custom cut barn that gave a little peek-a-boo to what was inside.

I knew the invitations needed to be something special for little Michael, so I decided to go with this custom cut barn that gave a little peek-a-boo to what was inside.

 The front of the barn. The back of the barn. The inside featured a view of his farm!

The front of the barn. The back of the barn. The inside featured a view of his farm!

 No party is complete without custom thank-you's to send your guests. Michael requested to send a little howdy! 

No party is complete without custom thank-you's to send your guests. Michael requested to send a little howdy! 

  This custom Happy Birthday Banner was the first thing guests saw when walking in to the "barn." (aka Casey & I's parents house,  which is at least near a farm:) 

This custom Happy Birthday Banner was the first thing guests saw when walking in to the "barn." (aka Casey & I's parents house, which is at least near a farm:) 

 The tables were set with red and white checkered cloths and brown kraft paper. Mason jars containing bandana napkins, silverware and cutsie straws with pennants were at each place setting.

The tables were set with red and white checkered cloths and brown kraft paper. Mason jars containing bandana napkins, silverware and cutsie straws with pennants were at each place setting.

 The opposite side of the straw pennant displayed Michael's official birthday party hashtag, which let's be honest, no party is complete without! 

The opposite side of the straw pennant displayed Michael's official birthday party hashtag, which let's be honest, no party is complete without! 

 The centerpieces were so simple, yet cute as can be! A cut log with little farm animals and a jar of sunflowers were placed on each table.

The centerpieces were so simple, yet cute as can be! A cut log with little farm animals and a jar of sunflowers were placed on each table.

 I even got my hot glue gun out for this party. (I had been dying to do so for way to long) Here is a handmade party hat that Michael was not so thrilled to wear. At least it looked cute on his highchair.

I even got my hot glue gun out for this party. (I had been dying to do so for way to long) Here is a handmade party hat that Michael was not so thrilled to wear. At least it looked cute on his highchair.

 Food labels were supported by clothes pins to bring in a little more of that country feel!

Food labels were supported by clothes pins to bring in a little more of that country feel!

 "Let's Pig Out" welcomed all guests to dig in.

"Let's Pig Out" welcomed all guests to dig in.

 And ooohhhh the cake! I wish I could take credit for this incredible thing, but my mom ordered it from  It's a Piece of Cake  in St. Jacob, IL. Seriously, if you need a cake for ANY occasion, check them out. Not only are their cakes beautiful, they also taste really good!

And ooohhhh the cake! I wish I could take credit for this incredible thing, but my mom ordered it from It's a Piece of Cake in St. Jacob, IL. Seriously, if you need a cake for ANY occasion, check them out. Not only are their cakes beautiful, they also taste really good!

 All guests were welcome by this little farmer cruising around in his tractor, hauling pumpkins and picking up babes!

All guests were welcome by this little farmer cruising around in his tractor, hauling pumpkins and picking up babes!

 Needless to say, I think the little piggy had a blast! 

Needless to say, I think the little piggy had a blast! 

  Here's an instagram shot that Casey snagged of Michael and I having a ball. Please follow   courtneywinetdesign   on Instagram to stay up to date on all the festivities I help create. Can't wait until the 2nd birthday, Michael! Yee-haw!

Here's an instagram shot that Casey snagged of Michael and I having a ball. Please follow courtneywinetdesign on Instagram to stay up to date on all the festivities I help create. Can't wait until the 2nd birthday, Michael! Yee-haw!

happy holidays from mcclain design.

I was very excited when my friend's mom asked me to design a series of Christmas cards for her interior design business. Every year her card will feature this drawing of the same door, but with different colors and details added. 

 black and white stamp.

black and white stamp.

 2013 & 2014 cards

2013 & 2014 cards

erin criswell cosmetology

Erin Criswell and I have known each other forever. We bonded over gossip and tennis back in our high school days. Over the years, she has been one of my favorite clients to work with. I recently rebranded her cosmetology business and had a lot of fun coming up with something super girly for her!

 Erin wanted to keep things simple with her logo - Her only request was to use teal and pink

Erin wanted to keep things simple with her logo - Her only request was to use teal and pink

 Gift cards come in hot pink envelopes

Gift cards come in hot pink envelopes

 The business cards double as appointment reminders

The business cards double as appointment reminders

all that glitters.

When a bride comes to you and says she wants her invites to be gold and glittery, you get excited! Really excited! These beauties were recently sent out and if you received one, you should feel very special. (or at least I would;) 

  220# lettra paper (that means THICK) with red painted edges, gold foil, spot calligraphy and gold glitter envelope liners

220# lettra paper (that means THICK) with red painted edges, gold foil, spot calligraphy and gold glitter envelope liners

 Bright red paper source envelopes, gold glitter liners, finished with custom hand lettered gold metallic addresses

Bright red paper source envelopes, gold glitter liners, finished with custom hand lettered gold metallic addresses

 Reply card and details 

Reply card and details 

 Return envelopes with gold foil

Return envelopes with gold foil

 I had a great time working with the bride on this luxurious invitation suite. Cheers to the bride and groom!

I had a great time working with the bride on this luxurious invitation suite. Cheers to the bride and groom!