Dec
3
11:00 AM11:00

Mama meet & Christmas Market

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I am SO excited to finally be able to share more about the next Mama meet & Market, if your new around here and would like to see what the last event entailed I will link a video here and some pictures here. It was a roaring success, happy mamas & families along with very happy brands which means a very happy me! I'm thrilled to be bringing another event to Derby and can only hope its enjoyed as much as the last, It has all the ingredients to be and I will explain more about what you can expect, what brands you will get the chance to shop, where your little ones can play, whose food and drink you can fill your tummy with. 

Just as last time, I cant stress how much this event is the chance to travel to meet some of the wonderful mamas you speak to online, or perhaps to meet the makers behind some of your favourite brands. I hope this next event will be the perfect Festive Family day out for all with the added opportunity to tick off a few very special Christmas presents too. The event will be full of Christmas cheer and you may even time your visit right to meet the big man himself (No not my husband, Santa!!!)

The venue for this event will be the Silk Mill Museum In derby city center, a beautiful venue which will house all 40+ brands inside. The venue is located a short distance from both Derby's train and bus station, see below.

 

Its so important that these events are easily accessible for families, I have tried my hardest to make sure that all boxes are ticked with this event. There will be a buggy park located at the back of the building, the space includes ramps and large walkways this means pure ease when trying to get around. I have invited Derbys leading 'Messy Play' group to the event, little ones can enjoy some (not so messy, for obvious reasons) play time with the amazing Kate & Racheal who can inform you of the fun classes they do in the area. *Disclaimer* Although the play will be dry mess and just a tiny tiny fraction of the actual mess they usually provide please consider only letting your little ones take part if your ok with clothes getting marked or dirty.

Remember the book corner at the last event? Well this time we bring you the Cinema Corner! A really cozy space to enjoy all the Christmas classics, here you will find our vintage popcorn & candyfloss stand too, the perfect place for little feet to rest and for parents to enjoy a break too! (Would love to hear some film requests, feel free to send your request to me via Instagram)

There will be another photography studio set up for you to enjoy mini photo shoots, you all enjoyed this element so much at the last market and I loved seeing all the images uploaded onto Instagram in the following weeks. The photographer at this event will be Puddding & Plum Photography, follow them on Instagram to see there stunning portfolio.

Don't forget if you share images from the events to use the hashtag #mamameetandmarket have a look for yourself, some amazing snaps that really show you how great the day was!

So who can you shop?

I have selected a variety of children's brands and also a variety for parents too, there should be something here for EVERYONE... from Mama jewellery to handbags, It has been so lovely sourcing brands that can cater to the parents too. For children you can find anything from Christmas pajamas to supplies. Below you can find a list of all brands that will be available to shop, as well as links to each Instagram page or website if the brand has one. Enjoy browsing, why not give them all a follow to see whats in store on the day!

 
 

After the last event you guys spoke and I listened, I'm so excited to announce that there will be a small outdoor food & drinks market too. Here you will find all the coffee (we all know how much a mama needs her coffee) Mulled wine, Prosecco and winter cocktails. As well as a selection of hot foodie treats including what is quite possibly the worlds yummiest toastie! More information about this to follow...

Thank you so much for your support with this so far guys, as much as I'm working around the clock on this event I'm enjoying it too, thanks for giving me the chance to dream big! See you on the 3rd of December for the ultimate Family Christmas Event!

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Sep
3
11:00 AM11:00

The first of many. Mama meet & Market.

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What a day! I’m not sure I can write this up and give the event as much justice as it deserves but I’m going to go ahead and type it up anyway. A little idea that felt worlds away came together in the most amazing way this Sunday just gone, and I could not have anticipated its success to this extent. For me the event had many purposes, a creative itch that I just couldn’t reach, a chance to further support the brands that have been so amazing to work with over the years, to bring mums from across the UK together and if I made a little money to pop into my piggy bank then that would be a bonus. I always knew the first event would not be money maker, I had to put my own money into it and just hope I got it back which luckily I did. I want to be honest about that because of course without wanting to sound selfish this is potentially a career path that I want to explore.

It took some planning, but it was this part I loved the most. Pinterest board crazy with a mind full of ideas and when you pair that with some talented women in Marketing and Events you get yourself the best team. I worked closely with Lisa who runs Lisa King Consultancy and Tara the creator of Tickety Boo Events, with their expertise they were able to advice and guide me with my planning and ideas. Plus there was a lot of what you may call ‘boring’ but very imporartant sides of the planning to also consider, some of which were completely new to me. It wasn’t as simple as planning a child’s birthday party, let’s put it that way. Finding a venue wasn’t a difficult part, the choice available in Derbyshire is so vast and it was simply a case of availability. Makeney Hall and Hotel was a beautiful choice, beautiful surroundings with a good deal of space. The layout worked well for what I wanted to achieve, there was separate space for the play area, a lovely big blank space for the exhibiters to set up, a bar with lots of room for seating and an entrance area too with ramps for pushchair access.  All of the obstructions that get in the way when you have children I wanted to eliminate, making it a accessible event for families. Finding exhibitors was not a problem, in fact the list of brands I wanted there was too long in reality and not all could take part, It took a lot of confidence on my part to approach them as I had doubts about my ability to make it worth their while. I was pleasantly surprised when they snapped my hand off immediately, from that point on I had all the confidence I needed to keep planning and create what I had dreamed of.

For some time now I have forged friendships with so many women/mums that have bought nothing but light into my parenting life. Some I have shred pregnancies with, we have been there for rough times and the amazing milestones etc I wanted an excuse to make it all feel more of a reality rather than a virtual one. Being located in the East Midland’s meant that I had the advantage of making a meeting point fair for all that of which was another reason to spur me on.

Slowly but surely the event began to come together, and I planned a ‘hot air balloon’ theme as I have always been a little fascinated by them especially as a child. I imagined other children would love that aspect too and I wanted to make sure there were fun decorations for the children attending to enjoy. You can see from the pictures that the children were considered as much as possible. I have to give a HUGE thanks to the wonderful Allie from Polly & Me for her amazing calligraphy that she came to complete on the morning of the event, literally rocked up and made the most beautiful signage in just minutes. Brilliant! The biggest thank you to Tara of Ticketyboo Party Style for working so hard at making the space look fit for an insta market, her styling is so perfect and its as if we share the same creative mind as she just simply gets it right.

The goodie bags were a little idea to help include brands that couldn't attend the market itself, plus it was a little gift to the first lot of children through the door. I loved designing the goodie bags and would love to do it again however it may have been what caused some serious queues before the event had even begun. I sourced the cutest childrens tote bags and had them printed with a logo from my flyer and I love how they turned out. I wanted to make sure there was a variety in the bags, gifts for both mum and little ones can enjoy together. So here is what you found in them:

The stall holders were incredible, so supportive and understanding that this was in fact my first event, having worked with many already it felt so easy to communicate with them. I arranged an informal meet before I announced the event on social media, it was a good change to get to know one another, for brands to collide and support one another too. We brain stormed and came up with fabulous ideas that covered so many different areas, it was actually the stall holders that cam up with the idea to giveaway vouchers to a lucky winner. They helped with the goodie bags and filled me with confidence that I could indeed do this and that it WOULD be a huge success, having that push in the right direction was just what I needed.

I know so many people have asked to see a list of the stall holders, I couldn't of picked a better bunch and I cant wait to see what the next line up looks like. Tap to discover these brands for yourself.

 

  1. Hello Cake.
  2. Sweet Charity Cookie.
  3. Pumpkin and Violet.
  4. Books and Pieces.
  5. Parker and Me.
  6. Little Paperie.
  7. Sosatsuma.
  8. Rose and Guy.
  9. The Nursery Edit.
  10. Letterbox lane.
  11. Ticketyboo Party Style.
  12. Jacqueline Sheiff Photography.
  13. The Daisy Foundation.
  14. Attik Home.
  15. Bluebell Dairy.
  16. Bow Beaus.
  17. Trees, Bees and Marshmallows.
  18. Toby & George.
  19. The Little House of Shu.
  20. Katie Jane Studio.
  21. Mom Pom.
  22. Little Herbert.
  23. Darwin & Gray.
  24. BD and Max.
  25. Toddler Sense.
  26. Florence and Bow.

Like all projects there are things to be learned, all of which will help me and any future events to grow, I feel its important I mention this because the event did receive a small amount of negative feedback on Facebook. All comments made were about things out of my control, parking, traffic and some products pricing. I know its impossible to please everyone but I defiantly think addressing those comments and trying to find a way to differ opinion for the next time is worth a go. The event was for your pleasure as well as mine so getting it right is something I will always strive for, any feedback is welcome.

There were so many positives surrounding the day, watching all the mums local and far socializing over afternoon tea, watching so many new friends play with Oakley in the sensory play was heart warming and I have loved hearing from mums that watched Oakley play with their children. Simple pleasures, that's what the day was about. Shopping, playing, exploring, meeting, socializing and eating (always eating) that's what it was about. I had the pleasure of catching up with some insta friends I have already met aswell as catching up with some in real life instead of reality which was so surreal but felt natural.

The 4 hours flew by, I wish I could of socialized more, spent more time with the children or hosted for the few that had traveled hours but with the weight of the event on my shoulders there was far too much for me to keep control off, including the crazy queues that caught me off guard. My heart was so full at the unbelievable turn out, I am so thankful for all that took the time to attend the Mama meet & Market and I'm so excited to announce the next one. Keep your eyes peeled.

Are you a business wanting to take part in the next Mama meet and Market' ? I would love to hear from you, there is currently a growing reserve list so contact me sooner rather than later to discuss options on how to get involved.

Some images in this post were taken by @themrsproject  This is not a sponsored post, all information is my own. No brands that took part in the event have paid me to create this blog post.

Some images in this post were taken by @themrsproject

This is not a sponsored post, all information is my own. No brands that took part in the event have paid me to create this blog post.

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Sep
3
11:00 AM11:00

Mama meet and Market.

If your reading this then the word is out, I have gone and planned my very first event. If I'm completely honest it was a tiny dream of mine to host an event, but not in my wildest dreams did I really think I would do it. After having Olive I decided to get serious about my 'dreams' because if we don't chase them how will we know?! So here it goes...Introducing, Mama meet & Market.

'Mama meet & Market' is a family event with a difference, a child friendly shopping event with the opportunity to socialize and meet other mums.

There has been so many times when visiting events or markets to shop small businesses that I have not been able to fully enjoy myself due to 'child' restrictions, leaving them behind is always an option and one I often have to do but that's not always an option for most. It had me thinking what If I didn't have too, what If there was a way to still attend with the family in tow. What would I have to provide to keep the children entertained? Would there be a way to create a shopping event that doubled up as a family day out too? Now don't ask the Dads that as I know they will highly doubt that I can combine the two. The event would need play elements, be buggy friendly, have refreshments, be visually pleasing through the eyes of the children to ensure us Mamas don't have to try so damn hard. Is that too much to ask? I hope not, and I'm sure as hell going to give it ago.

Now that's the children sorted, what about us? I'm going to be realistic (and this may not apply to all) Since having Oakley my love of shopping has done a U-turn! Long gone are the days of spending my hard earned (Maternity pay) cash on myself, long gone are shopping sprees, new seasonal wardrobes and expensive face creams. Call me sad but I'm OBSESSED with children's clothing & gifts, it was a whole new world being opened up to me when I started shopping through Instagram stores and small online businesses. The plan for my event is to source a variety of local sellers, all with unique products that are not widely sold, and then bring them too you all under one roof. No postage costs, not 21 tabs open online just 21 amazing brands in-front of your eyes. At the event you can shop...

Toddler Sense Derby's leading sensory play group will be providing an exciting set up for children under 5. A chance for them to discover their senses, play freely and meet new friends. Located less than 1 minute walk from the market hall, parents can escape the hustle and bustle to keep the little ones happy. 

Take a break in the tea room with cakes and cookies, Makeney Halls bar will provide liquid refreshments of all kinds. Seating will be provided so that you can rest your feet and chat to other mamas. Some of which you may already 'know' through the wonderful world of Instagram. For me there's nothing better than connecting with other like minded mums, Motherhood can be a lonely place, reach out to someone and step out of your comfort zone you may end up with not only a slice of cake but a brand new friend.

Event is taking place at the stunning, Makeney Hall and Hotel, Belper. There is afternoon tea appointments available by calling (here) in advance, although booking is not necessarily required please do so to avoid dissapointment. 

Doors open at 11am and close at 3pm, the first 30 children through the doors will receive an exciting goodie bag. Goodie bag information will be revealed closer to the time.

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