My Magical Night at Party Arty 2020


Article by Hayley Hyer

Photography by Hayley Hyer

This was my first year going to #PartyArtyKC, and it was a magical experience. The sorority girl in me will always love a themed party, especially when everyone in attendance goes all out with their looks! If anyone in Kansas City knows how to dress to a theme, it's the supporters the arts.


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The theme this year was "The Night of the Shining Sun," inspired by the Queen Nefertari exhibit currently at the museum. The commitment to the theme was seen everywhere from the DJ booth with light projections on a screen to the dramatic beats that were playing and the dancers gliding throughout the crowd all night.

The food served was also on-theme with pita bread, chicken, veggies and authentic Ma'amoul date-filled cookies from Rise & Grind Bakery. (The cookies were definitely my favorite thing I ate there—and that's saying something considering they served ice cream from Shake Shack to end the night!)

I attended the party with the my friend Anna who loves historical accuracy, so she dressed as someone from the 1920s who just discovered Egyptian culture during the Egyptian Revival. For my look, I was inspired by Wadjet, the ancient Egyptian goddess who is often represented by a cobra head.

Neither of us were drinking that night, but we did try a couple of the specialty cocktails by Tom's Town Distilling Co. as mock-tails without the alcohol, and they were so, so tasty!

If you went to Party Arty this year, I want to see your pics too! Tag me or DM me on Instagram @hayhyer. What was your favorite part of the night?

All in all, I was glad to be able to support The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in such a fun way. I grew up going to the museum, and I love all of the different programs and education opportunities it provides to our city. Remember that entry is always free, so take advantage of the incredible art scene we have right here in our own community!

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