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WAM Contemporaries’ Color Party X

Posted on May 1, 2016 by under Events.    

This is the blog post that Brian’s grandma has been anxiously waiting for. And, to be honest, COLOR PARTY X was the event that Brian and I were most looking forward to this year. We found out about it from my friend Teresa who is the PR Manager at the Wichita Art Museum. She said if we paid $150 each by a certain date, Brian and I could be listed on the invitation as “party hosts” and we wouldn’t have to do any work on the night of the event. We could just show up and enjoy the party. Well, after experiencing the Second Wave Party last December, she didn’t really have to tell me anything more. She just had to say party at the Wichita Art Museum and I was sold. WAM parties are amazing. Now that I have discovered them, I am determined not to miss any going forward.

The COLOR PARTY is this awesome party by WAM Contemporaries, hip and energetic supporters of the WAM and Wichita community, to further public programming and art education at the museum. Every year a theme color is announced. Brian and I knew it was going to be awesome because this year marked the party’s 10th anniversary. The theme was going to be revealed on the party invitations so we couldn’t wait to receive ours. That, and Teresa talked us into listing our names as FLIP + CHING on the invitation so we wanted to see if they would really do it. LOL.

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Sure enough, they did. See if you can find our name in the long list of hosts above.

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For the COLOR PARTY’s 10th anniversary, they decided to bring back all of the previous colors: RED, BLU, ORANGE, PURPLE, ONYX, JADE, NEON, MIDNIGHT, and ROUGE. Take your pick or wear them all.

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Brian and I were also super excited about the band KC FLO. They were great at the Second Wave Party last year.

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The day the invitation arrived in the mail was the same day that Brian’s “colorful” shirt (ordered from Amazon) was delivered. We couldn’t believe it. His shirt matched the invitation perfectly. We couldn’t have planned it better if we tried!

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I decided to splurge a little and scheduled hair and makeup at Planet Hair on the day of the event. So that was another weird coincidence. Suzie, pictured above, did my hair. Her station just happened to be next to Maria‘s, my long-lost hair stylist from almost 20 years ago! Maria (below) used to cut my hair when Brian and I first started dating.

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I’ve had a few hair stylists that I’ve liked over the years (Man at Planet Hair was one; she did my hair and makeup for a few events including my wedding) but no one quite like Maria. I’ve jumped from stylist to stylist ever since. I guess she’s been back at Planet Hair for a few years and our paths just now crossed. What a weird coincidence, right?

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The best part was that Maria and her husband attended the party as well.

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Oh, I forgot the post a picture of the finished product of my hair and makeup. This is our “waiting for Uber on our driveway” selfie. Anyway, Suzie did my hair but Emma did my makeup. She’s done my makeup for a few events. I love her!

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Emma attended the party as well.

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Brian was really proud of the fact that he was one of the party hosts for COLOR PARTY X. He just had to point it out.

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He was also proud of the fact that he matched the decor, most notably the museum steps which were specially decorated for the event.

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Here’s KC FLO, with several band members missing. Teresa joked that they were on a limited budget and could only afford half of the band. I think she was kinda sorta serious.

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Here’s a picture of the super tall woman that greets you as you walk in.

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Lamphouse Photo Booth was was there. Of all the photo booths we’ve tried, I think they have the coolest set up of all. I like that you don’t have to be enclosed.

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I’m not sure what they’re supposed to be but we got a photo with them because they looked cool. Also, Brian recognized the two women from one of the short films that we saw last year at Down to the Wire.

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Neither of us wanted to stay out too late but we had to stay long enough for the after party because (a) you don’t want to miss DJ Carbon, and (b) we wanted to know where the “secret museum location” is.

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We went to the lowest level of the museum, a place that most people never see. Brian and I had never been to that part of the museum before.

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Here’s another picture of those two costumed women.

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There were also these ballerinas that greeted you as you came in. Anyway, who I really wanted to see were those cupcake girls from the Second Wave Party. I was totally disappointed that they weren’t there.

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Despite this, Brian and I had a great time. Everyone else seemed to have a great time as well, specially this woman. LOL.

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Brian and I took a bunch of selfies throughout the evening.

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Here’s one by the colorful steps.

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But the selfie that Brian is most proud of is this one with a couple of members of the band. I wish I had a reason to throw a big party. I would totally hire these guys.

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You definitely will want to hire the whole band, though. They’re better when they’re at full strength. All in all, it was a fabulous party! I can’t wait until COLOR PARTY XI!

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