BLOOM 2021: A Celebration of Motherhood {Event Recap}

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Bloom: A Celebration of Motherhood was held May 19 & 20th and we are still obsessing over it. In 2020, we had to postpone the main event due to COVID and opted for a virtual experience. However, this year the comfort level of many moms increased and we created the best of both worlds. Our first hybrid event allowed for moms to gather in-person to kick off the fun and then we took to a virtual experience for the main event!

Bloom is one of the most important events that Miami Mom Collective hosts each year. The event is typically targeted to support new and expecting moms. This year, Bloom was designed to benefit moms in any and every season of Motherhood. (There were even several grandmothers who attended Bloom this year!) I think we can all agree that we were here for it!

We have to share our gratitude and appreciation to our Presenting Sponsors: Baptist Health South Florida and Dr. Bob Pediatric Dentist! Alongside of our Miami Mom Collective Team, this event could not have been as memorable without their help and support and we are so grateful!

Bloom 2021: Kick Off Party at The Doral Yard

This year was our first ever Hybrid Event and we kicked off the main event with a bang! The party started at The Doral Yard on May 19, 2021 at 8PM where mamas were greeted with a welcome drink, a swag bag (or two for our VIP ticket holders), new friendships, giveaways, and a good time!

The weather was exceptional and the staff at The Doral Yard provided the perfect outdoor ambience. A select number of live vendors were in attendance (and socially distanced!) to keep everyone engaged and entertained while learning about the awesome resources available to local moms and families. 

There were giveaways from the moment you walked in and each vendor had either a free goodie or giveaway of their own! From mini maternity massages from Painless Pregnancy to Miami Mom Collective themed plaques from Nailed It DIY along with free monthly book sign ups with The Children’s Trust: this was the event to attend!

Our vendors in attendance were: Miami Diaper Bank, New York Life, The Children’s Trust, Nailed It Miami, Herbal Life and Painless Pregnancy

Pop Up Work Out with Cha Cha from Glow Fitness Studio

The morning after the in-person event the full virtual event kicked off on Facebook! In addition, all Bloom Attendees were given the opportunity to sign up for an in-person pop up workout class hosted by Cha Cha of Glow Fitness Studio. This gave those who didn’t make it to the kick off party an opportunity to sweat a bit and pick up their swag bags – OR for those who did make it to the kick off party, an opportunity to sweat off a bit of the night before’s food and drink!

Live Lunchtime Segment with Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano

Cha Cha provided the energy we needed to kick start the greatest event of the year and a guilty-free way to lead us into the first LIVE Segment with Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco right at noon!

Miami Mom Collective Chef Ralph Pagano Naked Taco Bloom Event 2021

Taco Thursday was nothing short of what we expected from Chef Ralph. He kept the moms entertained, engaged, and ready to try to create their first Bloody Maria! Chef Ralph gave the mommas tips for side dishes and surprised everyone by giving away MORE gift cards than originally announced! Such a yummy and fun treat! 

Click here to watch the segment with Chef Ralph!

Q & A With Dr. Bob Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Christopher Bob was a huge hit at last year’s Bloom Event and surely did not disappoint this year! Moms came ready with questions for Dr. Bob. We learned tricks and tips to equip our children with the best possible dental health. 

Dr. Bob also reviewed some common concerns. He assured everyone of how and when to address these concerns with our dentist. Dr. Bob provided encouragement on how to handle dentistry issues and emergencies with ease!

Click here to watch the Q & A with Dr. Bob!

Live Expert Panel presented by Baptist Health South Florida: Featuring Carmen Barresi and Dr. Ana Cecilia Botero

We ended the night with the much anticipated Live Expert Panel featuring Carmen Barresi and Dr. Ana Cecilia Botero from Baptist Health South Florida. The two important topics for the evening session were Mental Health Awareness and Breast Health. Carmen and Dr. Botero informed all of the Moms about how to look out for warning signs in regards to the mind and the body. With mental health being so important now more than ever, Carmen gave us tips on how to protect and prepare for our mental health. 

Dr. Botero provided excellent advice and statistics regarding the prevalence of breast cancer. Her advice regarding testing, self-examination, and even treatment options gave the Moms a lot of information to think about as well the encouragement needed to keep up those annual appointments. Breast cancer has affected all of us in some capacity and it was good to hear how we can help keep stay alert and aware.

Click here to watch the live Q & A with Carmen and Dr. Botero!  

Virtual Vendors and Giveaways!

Another great part of Bloom are all the (virtual) Vendors and the Giveaways that come with each! The giveaways started right away as Mommas walked in to the Kick Off Party! The next day over on Facebook, vendors shared about their services and/or products all day long! Moms learned about products including: organic baby food, soothing teas for babies and toddlers, and even mom-made coffee! Big shout out to all of our amazing vendors and giveaway partners!

Our Grand Prize Giveaways were 2 Motherhood Bundles valued at $650+ and a 2 Night Staycation plus $100 dinning credit at The Hilton Aventura Miami!

Hilton Aventura Miami Miami Mom Collective

“In need of a parents staycation? The new Hilton Aventura Miami has you covered. Relax in a plush cabana at the elevated pool deck, sip on curated cocktails at MuseBar, indulge taste buds at Gala, the signature restaurant featuring a South American-inspired menu, and then unwind in a stylish and well-appointed guest room. At every turn, the new-build hotel delights and surprises with upscale amenities and artful touches for the ideal parents retreat.”

THE SWAG BAGS!

This year, there were 2 different kind of swag bags. General Admission Swag Bags were valued at over $100+ and our VIP’s scored swag bags worth more than $200+! Bloom tickets paid for themselves (and then some!) in just the SWAG! Some of my favorite items included an umbrella from Baptist Health South Florida, Chameleon coffee, full-size tea from Oomi Organics and a Bloom Planner! The swag this year was SO. SO. GOOD!

A huge thank you to our 2021 Swag Partners! (If you missed out on this event, we have a special deal just for you from one of our Swag Partners: Use code MIAMIMOM20 for 20% off of Iron In a Bottle! – because who wants to iron anyways?!)

Photo Booth Fun & More!

What is a party without a photo booth? Each Mom who attended the Bloom 2021 Kick Off Party also had the opportunity to capture the fun with props and their (new) Mommy Friends! LNS Photo Booths is a Miami-local husband and wife duo who bring Miami a new modern open air photo booth, an instant hit to any occasion! What a treat for Moms to finally get IN FRONT OF the camera!

Also, a huge shout out and thank you to Simply Dreamy Photography for capturing the whole Kick Off Party Event as the official event photographer!

Of course Bloom 2021 had to have BLOOMS! Thank you to Party Gifts Solutions for providing the beautiful floral centerpieces for the event. 

Whatever Loquesa Printing provided our awesome signage (so Moms knew exactly where all the awesome giveaways were!) Thank you!

Bloom Event Recap Miami Mom Collective Party Gifts Solutions

A huge thank you to our official Event Coordinator, Ailyn Quesada of Quintessential Party Planning! 

Thank you to the more than *90 brands* who came together to make Bloom 2021 a huge success! We had so many fun and meaningful mom-approved products and services included this year and you can learn more about them by clicking any of the logos below. 

See You At Next Year’s Bloom, Mommas!

We are still reminiscing on all the fun we had at both the Bloom 2021 In-Person Kick Off Party and Virtual Bloom Event! We will continue to hope and pray for a more “normal way” to celebrate Bloom 2022 so we can celebrate all the mommas WITH the mommas!

Thank you to everyonewho was able to attend Bloom 2021! We can’t wait to see you at the next event! Don’t forget to check out our full photo gallery on Facebook and be sure to tag yourself and your friends. 

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Krystal Giraldo works full time and is a momma of one rambunctious toddler and step-momma to one thriving pre-teen. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology which has really allowed her to excel in work and at home as the role of mom and stepmom. She embraces all life changes with good books and cafecitos. Krystal enjoys traveling, attending community events, eating sushi and trying all the red wines. This momma strives to continue strengthening and growing her village through her family and friends, both local and out of state. And cannot wait to connect more with her virtual tribe within the Miami Moms Blog community.

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