Connecting New & Expecting Moms with Local Resources at Bloom 2019

One of our passions at TCMB is to provide opportunities for moms to connect with each other, and this is one of the main reasons we love planning and providing events for the moms in our community! We have loved seeing our Bloom event grow year after year, and we were so honored to have the opportunity to gather Twin Cities moms and moms-to-be at this year’s event in honor of motherhood. A huge thank you to our title sponsors, Park NicolletHealth Partners and Breck School, for helping us make this event a reality!

{All photos in this recap post are taken by Ashley Elwill Photography or Slow Road Photo, unless otherwise noted.}

 

The Venue

We were excited to host the event in Breck School’s Upper School Commons building again this year! Their space provided a beautiful backdrop for the event. Breck is a preschool-grade 12, private school where all grades are joined together in one vibrant community on their beautiful campus in Golden Valley, Minnesota. 

At Breck, each week, each month, each term, each year brings new opportunities to reimagine, reinvent, and reanimate learning — both for its students and for the school. When perpetually learning, students encounter this perpetually learning school, they see the very process of learning not just as a prerequisite for success, but the lens through which they view the entire world.

The Title Sponsor

We were thrilled to welcome back HealthPartners and Park Nicollet as the title sponsor of our 5th Annual Bloom event! From pre-conception care through pregnancy, birth and beyond, HealthPartners and Park Nicollet are dedicated to partnering with you. Their compassionate teams recognize this is a special time and will support you, your baby and your choices. Experienced ob/gyn doctors, nurse practitioners, and certified-nurse midwives offer different care team options. When it’s time to deliver, their hospital birth centers provide you with a comfortable environment and honor your birth preferences, from water birth to vaginal birth after cesarean. Because they know there are many emotions and new experiences that come along with having a baby, they also have breastfeeding and mental health support for moms.

The Presenters

Each of our eight breakout sessions were packed with moms eager to learn from our experts! From breastfeeding to learning all about doulas, our presenters shared on a variety of topics geared directly to our soon-to-be and new moms. Thank you to our presenters: Park Nicollet/Health Partners, Midwest DoulasPregnancy and Postpartum Support MN, and Fairview.

The Resources

The Just For Mama VIP Experience Sponsored by Blooma

We loved having our “Just for Mama” VIP Experience, sponsored by Blooma to start the morning! Moms enjoyed a yoga session with Blooma, snacks and treats, and mini-chair massages by Advanced Medical Twin Cities!

The Giveaways and Swag

As if getting out of the house to hang out with other moms wasn’t enough, all Bloom guests had the opportunity to enter to win some amazing giveaways AND take home an adorable swag bag loaded with goodies! We encouraged moms to bring diapers for Emerge Mothers Academy to earn extra raffle tickets, and thanks to their generous donations, we provided them with the most donations they’ve received at one time! And each attendee took home an adorable swag bag designed by City Moms Blog Network, that was literally overflowing with goodies! We are so thankful for our giveaway and swag sponsors:

ABC Toy Zone : Advance Medical of Twin Cities : Alison Jane Ryan : Autumn Enloe Nutrition

Avid Health and Wellness Chiropractic : B.Box : Babo Botanicals : Baby Jack and Co : Baby Merlin Company

Babyganics : Bamboobies : Better Beginnings MN : Blooma : Boppy : Breathing Bodies : Burn Boot Camp – Maple Grove

Busy Baby : College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors : Covered Goods : Crane : DeNova : Dentistry for Children & Adolescents

Do Good Diapers : Earth Mama Organics : Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) : ErgoPouch

Erica Loeks Photography : Frego : French Academie : GoGo Squeez : GoHealth Chiropractic : GoSili : Halo

Happy Family Organics : Hashtag Kidz : Health Foundations Birth Center : HealthSource Chiropractic : Jack N’ Jill

Karen Feder Photography : Kind Snacks : Kinderberry Hill : KinderCare Learning Centers : Kizingo Kids : Kuzala Organics

Little Spoon : Lollaland : MAM : Metropolitan Pediatric Dental : Midwest Doulas : MikaandGaea

Milkies by Fairhaven Health : Mindware : MN Parent : Motherlove : My Travel Tray : Nanno : New Horizon Academy

Northstar Newborns : Pacifier : Panasonic : pediped Outlet : Piccolo Pesca : Postpartum Counseling Center

Pump It Up Bars : Punch Pizza : Savor : Sleeping Baby : Slow Road Photo : Snoofybee : Stuck On You : TC Mobile Mommy

The Gardner School : The LifTed, LLC : The Potty Fairy : This and That Lunch : Vanicream : WholeMe : Yogasleep : YWCA

And one lucky momma walked away with our Grand Prize Giveaway for a 1-night babymoon thanks to Metropolitan Pediatric Dental

A HUGE thank you to our VIP swag sponsors for providing some amazing goodies for our VIP ticket holders! Our swag bags were so full, we had to do completely separate bags for these VIP goodies!

Tommee Tippee : Preggie Pops : Gathre : Day Designer : My Travel Tray : Little Spoon

Jack N’ Jill : Baby Blue Giraffe : Excelsior Candle Company : ABC Toy Zone

Mindware : Lulie Kids : Piccolo Pesca : Advance Medical of Twin Cities

The Event Details

We had some amazing partners who helped us add all of the special details for this event. A huge thank you to Haute House Studio and Gertens for providing beautiful floral arrangements throughout the event!

Our backdrop and Bloom cutout from Girl Friday was complete with the beautiful paper flowers provided by  Modern Flower Creation.

The Corner Balloon Shoppe provided us with an incredible balloon arch that was perfect for behind our swag and food tables!

Quinn and the Quill is so talented and handwrote on the chalkboards throughout the event.

Our Mothers’ Lounge was packed with mamas feeding and changing their little ones. A huge thank you to Babyganics for sponsoring this space, Pump It Up Bars for providing yummy treats and construction2style for designing and decorating the area! 

Our Cravings Bar was a hit with attendees. Delicious mini- waffles and muffins from Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe, donuts from Duck Donuts – Woodbury, mini-bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cake Minnetonka, macaroons from Kuzala Organics, cupcakes from The Buttercream Blonde, cookies from Cute & Delish by Kel, protein bars from Rawr Organics, water and soda from Hy-Vee, croissants, macarons & cookies from Piecaken Bakeshop, popcorn from Skinny Pop and pretzels from Dot’s Pretzels. And thank you to City Girl Coffee for providing some of their delicious coffee for attendees (and sponsors!) to enjoy!

Our Events Team

We want to say a special thank you to the volunteers behind the scenes – our fabulous events team! We could not do our events without these 25+ moms, and we are so thankful to have so many of them help leading up to the event and the day of!

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The Photographers

Thank you to our talented Twin Cities photographers, Ashley Elwill Photography, Slow Road Photo, and Karen Feder Photography, who always do SUCH a great job at capturing all of the fun!

Above photos taken by Karen Feder Photography

To see all the photos from this event, visit our Facebook photo albums at the links below.

Bloom Photos taken by Ashley Elwill Photography

Bloom Photos taken by Slow Road Photo

Bloom Photos taken by Karen Feder Photography

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