la la land: city of stars inspired bachelorette party
February 26, 2017 | published by Kate Turner
“City of stars. Just one thing everybody wants. There in the bars. And through the smokescreen of the crowded restaurants.
It’s love. Yes, we’re all looking for is love from someone else. A rush, a glance, a touch, a dance.”
La La Land isn’t just on the big screen because we are bringing the “City of Stars” straight to Saint Louis for a glamorous bachelorette party weekend [sans Ryan Gosling]. Sorry, ladies – we tried! Our design team at Kate & Company dreamed up the ultimate bachelorette bash you won’t soon forget!
This is the Dream
Set the tone for your star-studded weekend by checking into the Moonrise Hotel; a unique boutique hotel complete with celebrity themed rooms, first class accommodations, and luxurious amenities. This hotel also features one of the city’s most amazing rooftop terrace bars!
Can I borrow what you’re wearing?
Once all your girls have settled in to unpack their bags, it’s time to get dolled up and hit the town! Pair your favorite party dress with fun heels [or flats, if comfort is your jam!] and a cross body bag to secure all your belongings for the night.
Some essential items to keep on your side:
Phone [for ALL those amazing photo ops!]
Cash [for splitting cabs, tipping bartenders, or that late night chicken-on-a-stick! #RyGo]
Lipstick [to touch up after a few glasses of bubbly]
Band-Aids [for those achy break-y feet]
We were absolutely obsessed with Mia and her gal pals jewel-toned dresses in the film – so, request for each of your girls pick their favorite color for the evening. So chic!
She Captured Feeling, Sky with No Ceiling
Once all the gals are dressed to the nines, head up to Eclipse Rooftop Bar in the Moonrise Hotel to enjoy a glass of Champagne or one of Eclipse’s signature cocktails! Not only does the bar have some of the most scenic views of the city, they also have the world’s largest man-made moon!
Eclipse Rooftop Bar
Everyone deserves to feel like a star for a day, don’t you think? Take a quick Uber to the James S. McDonnel Planetarium for a super special dinner under the starry night sky! The Planetarium offers private dinner parties that are out of this world – literally! While there many not be a zero-gravity experience [who could forget the moment Mia and Sebastian float weightlessly through the Griffith Observatory?! SWOON!], but you will feel like a true star as you dine under the Milky Way.
James S. McDonnel Planetarium
Requesting “I Ran” from a Serious Musician! Too Far!
We know if you loved La La Land as much as we did, you LOVE music! And what bachelorette weekend is complete without lots of dancing?! The Live Juke Joint Dueling Piano Bar is the perfect spot for live music and a fun, laid-back atmosphere. There’s also a good chance the musicians will bring you on stage to sing you a love song…and we bet you could even get them to play, “I Ran”!
After a fun-filled night, it’s time to head back to the Moonrise Hotel for some R&R and lots of sweatpants! You’re going to need all the sleep you can get for day two!
It’s Off to the Café
If you are still feeling the Jive of last night, then it’s time for some java. There are some great local coffee shops you can walk to before getting your day started. Blueprint Coffee is just blocks away from Moonrise Hotel and offers some of the smartest [yes, we said smartest!] and unique coffee in the city. Try their frothy latte or if you’re feeling adventurous, talk to someone on their knowledgeable staff about the different methods and varieties of coffee they offer. Grab a pastry or a breakfast sandwich to fuel your fun filled day! Just be careful on your way out – remember Mia’s coffee spill?! We can’t have that!
Just Write Your Own Rules
Once you are properly energized with coffee and noms, it’s time to get the blood flowing at a barre class! Close by in the Central West End, Pure Barre offers classes that teach the most uncoordinated way to incorporate ballet into a sweat-dripping workout! You’ll leave your group class feeling rejuvenated and ready to party – not to mention with a few new impressive dance moves. We can’t guarantee they’ll be as great as the choreography in La La Land, but it’s worth a shot!
Now that you’ve burned some cals, the Cheshire Pool is calling your name! The Pool Party scene in La La Land is one our faves – so, we had to include some time in the sun! Reserve the pool for you and your besties to lounge and sip on Pina Co-La-La-Da’s! Make it fun by wearing coordinating swimsuits and bringing your favorite floaties. There’s nothing wrong with a pool full of blow-up pizzas and ice-cream.
The Cheshire Pool
My Aunt Used to Live in Paris
Who doesn’t dream of having dinner at a French bistro on Champs Elysées in Paris?! Lucky for you, St. Louis offers one of the best local alternatives, Vin de Set! Although you aren’t under the Eiffel Tower, Vin de Set restaurant serves classic French cuisine in their upscale bistro and rooftop bar. [Do you sense a theme here? We LOVE rooftop bars.] Reserve the Wine Loft for a private dinner with your ladies before heading out on the terrace for cocktails and amazing views of the city!
Vin de Set
What do you mean you don’t like Jazz?
BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups has been a staple in the St. Louis music community for decades and is a go-to spot for live jazz and blues! While it may not be your traditional dance club, you and your girls will love the funky vibe and are sure to dance your hearts out! Head to South Broadway and immerse yourself in live music – and figure out why Sebastian was so in love with all things jazz!
BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups
Here’s to the Ones that Dream, Crazy as they May Seem
Whew! What a weekend! We hope this La La Land inspired bachelorette weekend has you dreaming about the Gateway to the West!
Kate & Company
La La Land Images Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
La La Land Drawing Courtesy of @haxneul on Instagram