The nuptial experts at Mr. & Mrs. take a serious approach toward matching couples with their ideal wedding planner, using a brief quiz to gauge clients’ preferences and personalities before they even walk through the door. Once seated in one of Mr. & Mrs. consultation suites, couples glean wedding-day wisdom from the team’s experts, including Ashley Hotka, a detail-minded floral designer, and Jen Fyffe, a wedding coordinator who hails from California. Combining a professional touch with a stress-free attitude, each consultant walks pairs through the vendor selection process and helps them to set up meetings and make decisions about everything from the catering menu to the music. Mr. & Mrs. also opens up its brightly colored studio space for DIY workshops, where couples gather to learn wedding day dances or timing tricks to ensure the reception flows smoothly between the best man’s speech and pickle-throwing contests.
Boasting 31 years of experience in libation education, the International School of Professional Bartending breeds well-versed mixologists thanks to its experienced staff and true-to-life bar classroom. The path to potent professionalism begins with this four-hour introductory lesson, which covers the tending basics, including use of bar tools, measuring by eye, and practicing and perfecting free pours.
The star of Boss Services' fleet of party buses is a Ford mini-bus called The Boss. The aptly named party mobile is tricked out with tinted windows, lighting effects, and a top-of-the-line music system that can blast more than 400,000 songs. The vehicle's spacious cabin can seat 18 people. As riders sip drinks and carouse in the roomy bus, their driver chauffeurs them from bar to bar, stopping at as many hotspots in the Kansas City area as they desire, for a night of letting loose. Boss Services accommodates birthday soirées, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and all-inclusive tailgate sessions that include food and tickets along with round-trip transportation to Royals, Sporting KC, or Chiefs games and parking.
Primarily focused on the ancient arts of papermaking and bookbinding, The Craft Gallery & Studio aims to share these age-old practices with curious local crafters. Inside the bright, newly renovated studio, students get to work during classes as short as a single day or as long as four weeks. Suitable for beginners, courses include a one-day Japanese bookbinding workshop, during which pupils make a hand-bound journal, and a six-week exploration of paper during Paper 101.
Taste Catering boasts a history of serving gatherings large and small for more than two decades, working closely with each client to plan and host memorable events. Long before guests arrive at the door, Taste Catering and its clients convene over the evening’s every detail, selecting menu items, beverages, and the ideal humidity level to induce a dewy glow. Hosts can choose to have hors d'oeuvres such as prosciutto-wrapped scallops circulated by servers, displayed on tables, or fired into mouths from a repurposed T-shirt cannon. For evenings trimmed with a full dinner, guests can dine buffet style or have entrees such as slow-roasted beef brisket and twice-baked potatoes hand-delivered by wait staff. The option for an open bar lets clients outfit drink lists with choices of craft and domestic bottled beer, red and white wines, mixers, and truth elixir.