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{EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT} Bloom: An Expo for New and Expectant Moms

The Memphis Moms Blog is thrilled to announce our second annual BLOOM event this Spring!

  • Sunday, April 29th
  • 3:00-5:00pm
  • Dixon Gallery and Gardens
  • New this year: a VIP experience from 2:00-3:00 prior to doors opening
  • the best way to keep up-to-date on our event is to follow us on Facebook! Click “going” on the event and share with friends! Each day we will be highlighting a different aspect of the event or introducing participants!

GENERAL ADMISSION ($25) is all-inclusive and includes access to all vendors, breakout sessions for panel speakers, two food buffets, drink tickets (2 mocktails or 1 cocktail), photo booth, access to raffle/giveaway items, and a swag bag!

{{NEW!}} VIP EXPERIENCE add-on ($50) includes everything mentioned in general admission PLUS a custom canvas painting experience with Little Studio on the Square. A limited quantity of 10 VIP tickets available.

What is Bloom?

Bloom is a must-attend expo geared towards new and expecting moms that you’re going to love! Partnering with the City Moms Blog Network, Memphis Moms Blog is thrilled to be one of 60 sister sites to host Bloom 2018–with an estimated attendance of over 5,000+ moms across the US!

While Bloom is mostly for moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or are planning on growing their family soon through birth or adoption, we will also be providing pertinent information for all moms of various phases. So whether you’re pregnant for the first time or fourth, grab your friend, sister, or neighbor and join the fun! This event would be extremely beneficial to “Grandmas” as well, so we highly encourage them to join the fun! (also, please note, this event is not intended for children. Babies under 1 who can be worn in a wrap are welcome to stay with mom! Due to limited space, strollers are tricky to navigate)


Where is Bloom?

A huge thank you goes to Dixon Gallery and Gardens for hosting this event for the second year in a row. The Dixon’s beautiful gardens are the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of leisure and relaxation. This year we’ll be back again inside the Hughes Pavilion but in addition to the indoor space, we’ll have the use of the outdoor patio! When you arrive at the Dixon, each mom will be greeted by a staff member. Don’t worry–the pathway back through the gardens will be clearly marked for all attendees!

 

What you can expect:

  • TABLE VENDORS

The Fertility Association of Memphis is excited to not only be our 2018 title sponsor, but their very own, Dr. Amelia Bailey, OBGYN will be one of our featured panel speakers. In addition to The Fertility Association of Memphis, you will have time to mingle and visit with our table vendors, including but not limited to:

Sister’s Keeper Doula  // Fit4Mom // Launch Chiropractic // Gifts From Nature // Doula Box // Glam Girls Cleaning // Babygarten // Page Life Solutions // Mobile Mama Massage // Beautycounter // Lori’s Swim School // (Dixon) Sprouts // Usborne Books // Hulafrog // Baby Wearing International // Le Leche League

These vendors are providing current and timely information for moms. They strive to be a resource and a source of education for all moms. Some vendors will also have items for purchase on site.

  • PANEL SPEAKERS

 We are excited to offer three breakout sessions throughout the event. While attending Bloom, you are not obligated to attend all the speakers; feel free to mingle with the table vendors or grab a bite to eat. Our hope is to provide topics to reach a variety of interests!

3:20 – 3:40 Fertility Association of Memphis:
                     Dr. Amelia Bailey, OBGYN will discuss pre-natal health, followed by Q&A

3:50 – 4:10 Baby Wearing International:
                     Sarah Dawkins will discuss baby-wearing, demonstrate various wraps and carrying options, followed by Q&A

4:20 – 4:40 Doulas of Memphis:
                     Abby Powell, doula, will discuss sleep tactics for babies and children, followed by Q&A

 

  • FOOD & DRINKS

What’s a party without tasty food and beverages? This year we are excited to announce that not only will we have one food table, but two:

Indoors, you’ll find a buffet of savory and sweet, including a hot taco bar courtesy of Cocina Mexicana and a variety of yummy cold salads from Whole Foods. Plum Puddin’ Café and Black Eyed Sue Bakery will satisfy your sugar needs with cake pops and gourmet cookies.

Outdoors, you’ll find our newest smorgasbord: “The Cravings Bar” (you’re welcome preggos!). At The Cravings Bar, you’ll find crackers, chips, pickles, peanut butter (with spoons!), Oreos, Sonic Cherry Limeades (uh, hello!), and mini tubs of ice cream, all brought to you by our amazing sponsors, Choices of Memphis and Jessie Anne Photography!

On the lovely patio, you’ll find Keller Williams Realty sponsoring a “Mocktail/Cocktail” bar. For the pregnant crowd, we’ll be offering three flavors of virgin mimosas with a special twist. Not pregnant? Enjoy original orange, peach or cranberry-raspberry mimosas. Coffee and water will be provided on site as well.

 

  • PHOTOBOOTH

Be sure to stop by our custom-made backdrop and grab a prop! It’s always fun to gather together with friends and smile for the camera. Lindsey Fisher Photography will be manning the photobooth and  Jen Howell Photography will be on site capturing all the fun. Be sure to check our Facebook picture albums post-event and tag yourself!

 

  • GIVEAWAYS & SWAG

A highlight of Bloom for every mom is the chance to win something from our huge giveaway table! National brands to look for include:

MAM // pediped // Boppy // b.box // GoSili // Stuck on You // Covered Goods // ergoPouch   …. Other local giveaways include but are not limited to a gift card wreath (value $250), Gifts from Nature, The Bump gift certificate, Usborne books, Premiere Jewelry, gift certificate for a full car detail … and so much more! Plus every mom is a winner in our book, so each attendee will leave with a swag bag full of goodies!

 

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 29 at 8:30pm CST.
(We expect this event to sell out, so be prepared to snag your tickets right away!)

We can’t wait to see you there!

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