A KC Bridal Shower & Bachelorette Weekend

The wedding festivities officially kicked off a few weeks ago when all of the women close to me came together in Kansas City for a weekend of bridal fun.

It’s almost like a right of passage for brides-to-be in KC to register at Pryde’s Kitchen & Necessities in Old Westport. The 10,000-square-foot building was originally home to a school of dance in the 1920s, and was transformed into a kitchen and home accessories store in 1968.

When you enter Pryde’s, you’re immediately welcomed with the scent of pies baking in the shop on the first floor and a friendly “hello” with cup of coffee or tea to sip on while you peruse the three floors of housewares and kitchen tools.

With my passion for all things Kansas City and love of brunch, leave it to my aunts to think of Pryde’s as the perfect location for my bridal shower. The owner of Pryde’s, Louise Meyers, was so kind and her staff incredibly welcoming as we celebrated the upcoming wedding, chatted over quiche and mimosas and did a bit of shopping, of course!

I couldn’t have asked for a better morning and way to spend time with my family and friends. And a big thank you to my aunt Crissy Cahalan and her daughter, Liz, for photographing the morning!

Later that evening, we headed to the Kansas City Power & Light District for my bachelorette celebration.

My bridesmaids plotted together to create such a fun party – I had no idea what was in store … only to be ready for dinner at 7:30 p.m.

We started the evening at Cleaver & Cork, a local gastropub featuring Midwestern offerings and unique cocktails. The group enjoyed champagne and Horse Feathers, an amazing dinner and bachelorette fun – a lingerie party. Among lots of laughs and blushing (on my part) from the gifts, the ladies also shared with me a recipe box filled with all of their favorite dishes and desserts; stay tuned for posts on my favorites from the box!

After braving the storms (and a power outage), we ended the night at one of my favorite spots in town, The Rieger. Once a hotel for travelers spending time in Kansas City in the early 1900s, today it’s known for its hospitality and hand-crafted cocktails. My go-to at The Rieger is the “Columbus Park,” or a glass of the Cava Rosado. In between lots of laughs and a game of “would you rather,” the patrons at the bar helped us celebrate with girly-shots and lots of cheers!

It’s all still sinking in how incredibly lucky I am to have such amazing women in my life, and for overwhelming love and support as we get closer to the big day. I can’t wait to celebrate with them all on the dance floor this September!

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